Microsoft Teams Latest Updates in May and June

In the latest edition of “What’s New in Microsoft Teams,” we would like to tell you about new updates that will make it easier for you to find relevant information related to meeting invites. The latest updates include being able to choose from a selection of ways to refine your appearance on video, enhanced capabilities for multi-language features for stronger collaboration and further enhancements to customization options.

Performance Updates

Adjust brightness and soft-focus video filters

If poor lighting exists, you can enhance video quality by turning on the Adjust brightness filter. You can also use Soft Focus to apply a subtle smoothing effect. Both filters are now available both before and during meetings. Simply navigate to the device settings to enable these filters. Currently, Soft Focus is not available for EDU tenants.

 

View Together mode for everyone

Together mode allows for meetings to be even more interactive and for participants to share the same space without limitations. So organisers can start this mode for all participants, and presenters can use it to share information with them. Previously, this view could only be enabled for your own personal view. To enable this feature, simply check the Select Together Mode for Everyone option after you choose a scene. All meeting participants can then join this immersive experience together. This is currently only available for Teams Desktop users.

 

Multi-window support for Teams for VDI for Azure Virtual Desktop, Windows 365 and VMware

Teams multi-window support is available for virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) for Azure Windows Desktop, Windows 365 and VMware. The multi-window capability provides users with the option to open chats, meetings or calls as separate windows, saving time and effort by keeping useful things close at hand.

To verify if multi-window is on, right-click on any chat and check if the option “pop out chat” is available. If it is, multi-window has been successfully turned on.

Additionally, meeting and call controls such as mute, video, chat, and leave are now located at the top of the meeting window. This is so that they are always available and never block the underlying content.

 

Give and Take Control for Teams on VDI for Citrix

Give and Take Control for Microsoft Teams is now available on VDI for Citrix. Give and Take Control allows a meeting participant to control the presenter’s shared content during screen sharing. A presenter can assign control of the shared content to another meeting participant to take actions such as presenting or modifying files. Both the presenter and the meeting participant have control of the sharing, and the presenter can take back control at any time.

A meeting participant can request control while another participant is sharing content. Participants sharing content can approve or deny requests. When the requester has control, they can make selections, edit, and make other modifications to the shared screen.

 

Background Blur for VDI on Azure Virtual Desktop and Windows 365

Background blur effects are now available for VDI on Azure Virtual Desktop and Windows 365. Users on Teams for VDI on Azure Virtual Desktop and Windows 365 can make meetings more personalized and avoid unexpected distractions by applying background effects. Meeting participants can select one of the available images to change their background or choose to blur their background.

 

Dynamic Emergency Calling for work from home on VDI for VMware

Dynamic Emergency Calling is now enabled for Teams on VDI for VMWare, allowing users to make emergency calls while working from home. It also lets users validate (and if necessary, edit) the address that will be communicated to emergency responders.

Devices & Teams Meeting Rooms

Direct Guest Join for Microsoft Teams Rooms on Android:

Android users can now join Zoom meetings directly through Microsoft Teams Rooms. To use this feature, just schedule a new meeting on Zoom or forward an existing meeting to your Microsoft Teams Room, and it will appear on the calendar. From your Teams Rooms device, select “Join” to enter the meeting. Currently, only cameras and microphones are supported, but additional functionality will be added in the future. Currently, the Poly Studio X30 and Poly Studio X50 are supported, with additional device manufacturers coming soon.

 

Horizontal participant gallery:

During presentations, content can be shared or participants can be spotlighted by orienting video feeds horizontally and below the meeting stage. This allows for greater flexibility in the meeting stage. You can change the location of the participant gallery through the layout chooser on the Teams Rooms console.

Certified devices

Logitech Zone True Wireless earbuds

Logitech Zone True Wireless Bluetooth earbuds have been certified for Microsoft Teams. With noise cancellation and immersive sound, these earbuds provide a high-quality audio experience that’s perfect for taking meetings and calls in noisy workspaces. The Hybrid ANC in these earbuds is incredibly effective for blocking out external noises – plus Transparency Mode means you can hear people talking to you or other noises without having to take the earbuds off. Users can simultaneously connect their computer and smartphone, and then customize and control the earbuds with the Logi Tune app.

 

Huddly L1

The Huddly L1 camera is now certified for Microsoft Teams Rooms for large and medium rooms. Using a one-inch image sensor and a custom lens designed for large meeting rooms, Huddly L1 captures all meeting participants in sharp quality. There are more meetings than ever nowadays, so technology like this makes meetings more productive. The neural engine in the camera has been trained and optimised to detect people in large meeting rooms. This allows participants to participate in a video experience that is inclusive and productive.

 

Yamaha ADECIA Tabletop Solution

Yamaha’s ADECIA Tabletop Solution has been certified for Microsoft Teams Rooms. This customizable audio solution automatically detects and configures components, as well as optimizes audio for medium-sized rooms. The Dante-enabled tabletop microphone features speaker-tracking technology and six customizable directional modes.

 

Shure Digital Signal Processor

Shure’s IntelliMix room audio software digital signal processor is now certified for Microsoft Teams Rooms when installed on the Lenovo ThinkSmart Core. Shure’s Microflex Ecosystem portfolio makes it easier than ever to incorporate audio into your next hybrid meeting. The next-generation MXA920 Ceiling Array Microphone with Automatic Coverage technology provides an inclusive audio experience for participants, alongside simple setup positioning information for audio-based camera steering.

Chat & Collaboration

Additional language support for Suggested Replies for mobile

Suggested replies are now supported in Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese, Swedish, French, Finnish, German, Hungarian, Italian, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, Norwegian, Russian, Korean, Czech, Danish, Turkish, and Polish. The auto-replies are on by default but can be turned off.

 

Choose your status for a meeting

Organizers and participants can specify their availability for meetings on the Calendar. The options are free, busy, or Out of Office. In addition, organizers can select a private meeting method which will allow users to hide meeting details from other users when their calendar is shared.

 

Mandatory Comments for Approvals App in Teams

Teams admins can configure a template that requires approvers to leave any notes when they reply to a request. This can be done from the Teams Admin Center, from the app’s settings.

 

Data export within Approvals App

Through the approvals app, you can now export your approval data to an Excel file within a selected time period.

Management

Enhancement to app usage report – support for Line of Business apps

Reporting on the usage of the Teams app across M365 tools is now in alignment with the latest changes from our admin centre. This allows admins to track metrics on all different app usage, as well as dig deeper into one specific application.

 

Policy operations details in an enhanced activity log

The activity log now includes more specific details about policy operations. For example, administrators can easily track group policy assignments and other related activities that have occurred. Additionally, columns such as group name, policy type, policy name, submitted by, and overall status are added for a deeper understanding of a policy operation.

 

View the Custom app’s external app ID on the Manage apps page and app details page

External app ID is an app identifier defined during app creation. It is only applicable to custom apps. You can view the external app ID on the Manage apps page when you enable the column in column settings. You can also view it on the app details page for a custom app.

Teams for Education

Career Coach – Student activity insights

Faculty and staff will be able to view insights for aggregated student activity insights in Career Coach. This includes student skills, career interests, and progress on career-related activities. This item has been delayed but is set to come out soon.

Frontline Workers

Team Templates Maintenance

Enhancements to Team Templates with more apps and channels provided as default within the Microsoft-provided pre-made team structure.

 

Walkie Talkie app in Teams is now supported on Crosscall devices

Walkie Talkie is a Teams app that has a dedicated push-to-talk button on Crosscall devices. With it, frontline workers can communicate with each other clearly and instantly, while also having their conversations encrypted.

Government

New default settings when opening Office files For Government clouds

Users can set their default preference as Browser, Desktop, or Teams when opening Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) files that are shared in Teams. Desktop settings can be set to the latest Office clients if they are active and installed. The process of updating default settings is fairly simple

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