Everything new in Microsoft Teams in March and April

The Microsoft Teams group has published a list of the new Teams features for March and April 2022.

Microsoft Teams is a collaborative workspace within Microsoft 365. It provides tools to help boost worker productivity and allows for seamless workplace conversations, teamwork, and document sharing.

Microsoft brings many new features and updates for Microsoft Teams. From meetings, webinars, calling, and frontline, admin capabilities.

As the COVID-19 pandemic worsened, Microsoft Teams grew to 75 million daily active users, becoming the fastest growing business app ever.

The most notable changes to Microsoft Teams have been improvements to webinar invites and audio detection. The latest updates affect twelve areas: Meetings, Calling, Devices, Chat and Collaboration, Power Platform and Custom Development, Management, Education, Frontline Workers, Government, Healthcare and Small-Medium Businesses.

You can read through the complete breakdown of the latest Microsoft Teams updates below.

Meetings

Automated Webinar invites

When you set up a webinar, it’s easy to share the event and register attendees without forgetting. Once the registration is made, the event will automatically be added to the attendee’s calendar so that they know exactly when it takes place.

 

Domain customization for webinar communications

Once attendees have registered for a webinar, as confirmation emails are sent to keep attendees informed, the sender’s name and domain email will now include the tenant’s name. This helps attendees know who will be in contact with them for the event.

 

Day view in the calendar on iOS and Android

iOS team users will now have a notification drawer at the top of their screen. This can be used to preview, collapse, and clear notifications.

 

Auto-answer meeting invites for iOS devices, with support for video-on

Now, when you receive an incoming meeting request on your iOS device, it will automatically offer a video option. This is helpful in the healthcare industry. If patients are unable to talk, users can take advantage of the no-touch join capability. In this scenario, the Teams device in the room would be invited to a scheduled or ad-hoc meeting where both AutoAnswerwithVideo and video are enabled. The AutoAnswerwithVideo setting is disabled by default.

 

Support of Live Caption for Teams on VDI for Azure Virtual Desktop and Windows 365

Azure Virtual Desktop and Windows 365 on virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) users now have the ability to enable live captions during a meeting. Your audience can follow and understand what’s being said with the help of live captions. It allows for a more inclusive and understandable experience.

 

Auto-Expiration of Meeting Recordings stored on OneDrive and SharePoint

Teams can now automatically delete meeting recordings created by new teams on OneDrive and SharePoint (based on a default Team policy setting). In the Teams Admin Portal, or by modifying the policy attributes using PowerShell scripts, Teams’ admins will be able to tell how long recordings are to last before they expire. All newly created OneDrive and SharePoint meeting recordings will be deleted after this point unless the meeting owner extends their expiration date.

Calling

Roaming bandwidth control 

Admins can now adjust Team’s bandwidth settings to respond dynamically to the user’s location. This feature enables admins to set more limited bandwidth controls (e.g., video will not stream) and disable video calls when users are in remote or bandwidth-constrained locations to protect the reliability of their connection. Once users return to a location with better bandwidth capacity, they can afford to relax their Video Call limitations, and video calling will be restored.

 

Music on Hold for VoIP Calls

Give callers the confidence that they’re still connected to a call with music on hold. Music on hold is now supported for calls on hold and consult-then-transfer scenarios for both VoIP and PSTN calls.

 

Configurable call forward settings: 

Admins can set up call forwarding for Teams users, routing calls to a designated person or group when they’re out of the office. The setting is available in the Admin Center or via PowerShell.

 

Banners for emergency calling: 

Administrators can now show a customizable banner to notify the user about emergency calling in the Calls app, and they can acknowledge it by clicking on the notification

 

Outlook contacts for calling: 

Your Outlook contacts now show up in the dial pad of the Calls app and while transferring a call. They also have phone numbers attached to them so you can call them with one tap.

 

Casting from Teams desktop client to Microsoft Teams Rooms

Now you can use Teams casting to wirelessly connect to Teams Rooms and display content from your Teams desktop client. You also can broadcast your screen and cast content stored locally on your device or accessible via Office 365.

Certified Devices

Neat Board 

A native version of Teams and Team Rooms for Android is now available on the new Neat Board. This state-of-the-art collaboration device allows audio and video feedback, as well as real-time editing via a touch screen. Neat Board can be set up in three different ways. With Teams Room, any room without conferencing technology will be able to be transformed into a conference room.

The Microsoft Whiteboard app lets you brainstorm and collaborate with meeting attendees in a shared, real-time environment. You also can start whiteboarding outside a meeting and then easily add meeting participants to the session and save your work.

 

Neat Bar and Neat Pad

These two devices are bundled together to deliver an optimized meeting room experience. Neat Bar is a compact device that provides high-quality video and sound for meetings and conferences in small rooms for up to 10 people.

Neat Pad is a touch-screen device, linked to the meeting app Teams Rooms. It’s perfect for quick meetings with your work colleagues, as you can start your meeting with just one tap and share screens with other participants.

 

Neat Pad for Teams panel

Neat Pad for Teams is a touch-enabled display that can be mounted outside meeting rooms to manage room availability. The touch panel lets meeting hosts reserve space quickly, efficiently and in real-time by just touching both the area name and start time on the display’s surface.

Use this device to instantly book a meeting room without having to reserve it through Outlook. Meeting organizers also can check into the room to claim their reservation. If no one checks into the room, it will be released, allowing others to reserve and use the room.

 

Dell Slim Conferencing Soundbar – SB522A 

Stay focused during meetings with Microsoft Teams certified intelligent soundbar. This device lets you enjoy the high-quality sound for a better experience. It has AI auto-noise cancelling features that reduce distracting noise and echoes in your surrounding environment—allowing you to follow conversations easier, even when multiple people are speaking at the same time.

 

Dell Speakerphone – SP3022

The Dell Intelligent Speakerphone has recently been certified for Teams. With this device, you can communicate clearly with those in meetings as well as cut out background noise and other interruptions with AI noise cancellation and echo cancellation. As well as full-duplex, this device has a Teams button that allows you to easily join meetings.

 

Yealink MVC660 System for Medium Teams Rooms

With a smart speakerphone with a dual-eye tracking camera, Teams meetings can come to life. This solution bundle by Yealink is the perfect option for intelligent meetings and great conversations. The UVC86 camera combines clear and immersive video with the ability to identify people in the room in real time.

Chat and Collaboration

New Search experience in mobile app

The Teams mobile app now includes the ability to get suggestions as you type and see meetings in search results. You will also be able to select a date from a pre-populated list that includes future dates, making it quicker and easier to find what you’re looking for.

Power Platform and Custom Development

Microsoft Teams Connect support for third-party and custom tab app configuration 

With Microsoft Teams Connect, it’s easier to collaborate with individuals outside of your organisation. Developers will be able to configure their third-party or custom apps in relation to shared channels through the Teams SDK.

 

Changes to Microsoft Teams apps’ native permissions in the browser 

Microsoft Teams is adding a new security measure to better protect third-party apps that request permissions on your devices such as a camera or microphone. The user will have to manually opt-in for these permissions, per app, in the Teams web browser experience.

 

New Zendesk app for Teams

Using the new Zendesk for Teams app, users will be able to address emergency tickets and resolve them more quickly through team collaboration. By utilizing the Zendesk Answer Bot, your employees will receive faster assistance by completing tickets and escalating them only if the issue is more complex.

 

Tab actions are moving 

Microsoft Teams is cleaning up the tab bar by moving some of the dropdown items out of the header. This impacts every tab in the application including Assignments, Grades, Planner, or the Website tab. These tabs will be found in the menu by clicking on them and their respective menu will appear. The menu includes the Reload tab, the ability to go to the website, Copy link to a tab, Pop-out tab, and About this tab.

Management

Team Search on Teams Admin Center – Phase 1 

The new update has made it easier for IT admins to find what they are looking for on the Teams admin centre. They can search in the left-hand menu, before being taken to the appropriate page.

The upcoming release will enable searching for things like policies, diagnostics, and access to the search history

 

Virtual Visits Usage Report in Teams Admin Center 

In the Teams admin centre, you can view the utilization report for Team Virtual Visits in your organization for Team admins and Global admins. Virtual visit appointments can be viewed by clients, as well as their duration and whether long wait times occurred. Additionally, they can use this information to decide which appointments they wish to attend and how much time they wish to spend at each one.

 

List of the joined teams per user in the Teams admin centre 

The admin can view all a user’s teams in one place on the User detail page. This makes it easy for admins to identify which teams are linked to a specific person and take appropriate actions, like removing them from a team.

Teams for Education

Career Coach – Job Market Trends

This feature will allow professors and staff members on LinkedIn to access real-time job market data that is specific to their location.

Frontline Workers

Task publishing editing 

Enable your organization to create and publish tasks through Tasks by Planner and To Do, which is a system that simplifies the task-publishing process. For example, tasks could be created and published for all frontline locations and other configurable attributes of a distributed workforce.

 

Teams Shifts connector for Blue Yonder 

Blue Yonder Workforce Management has a connector called Shifts that replicates schedule data and lets frontline workers access schedule information anywhere and anytime. By optimizing workers, managers have more time to focus on high-value business activities, including coaching employees and working directly with customers.

 

Walkie Talkie app in Teams is available on Sonim XP8 

Microsoft released a new version of the Walkie Talkie app with a dedicated PTT button for the XP8. Frontline Workers can now chat more conveniently and in more detail with co-workers, no matter where they are.

 

Global sign in and sign out

To make the experience easier, Teams’ iOS app will support global sign in and sign out. Employees can log on to the system using any shared device and then log off after the shift ends. All their personal and company information will be removed from the device as a result.

 

Approvals app in Teams now available in Microsoft 365 F1 SKUs for frontline workers 

Get faster approvals by doing approvals with the Approvals app in Teams in Microsoft 365 F3 and now Microsoft 365 F1. It’s easy to create, manage and share them directly in chat, a channel conversation, or the app.

Healthcare

Microsoft Teams EHR connector for Cerner—generally available 

Teams’ new integration with Cerner will make it easier for clinicians to communicate with patients and other health professionals. It allows users to schedule virtual appointments or consult with other providers without leaving the app. It is possible to integrate Cerner with existing clinical workflows in hospitals and other medical facilities thanks to its integration with virtual appointments.

 

Virtual appointment device tester—generally available

Patients may feel less apprehensive about their appointment time when they have the opportunity to troubleshoot their software settings beforehand. This app allows patients and providers to focus on the appointment and spend less time dealing with technical issues.

SMEs

Schedule Meetings on Mobile 

When you’re on the go, mobile functionality is a must-have. Now, team users are able to schedule meetings over their smartphones from within the calendar or chat window.

 

Chat with anyone

Communicating with customers and clients is critical to running a business. Now, you can chat with people outside your organization. Just enter their email address or phone number and start a 1:1 or group chat with no tenant switching required.

 

Google calendar integration

With your existing calendaring tool, you can now easily view your schedule and manage your meetings in one place. By clicking Add Google Calendar or navigating to Settings, you can integrate your Google Calendar into Teams. In this case, the existing Teams calendar will be replaced with your Google Calendar.

Want to get the most out of Microsoft Teams and this latest round of updates? Get in touch with us today. Our Microsoft-certified consultants will be happy to discuss our Microsoft Teams services with you and answer any questions you might have.

If you would like to chat about your Businesses needs, get in touch with our IT experts.

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on linkedin
LinkedIn
Share on whatsapp
WhatsApp