Ignite 2021: Top 10 Update for Microsoft Teams

by | May 4, 2021 | Collaboration

Microsoft Teams is a business communication platform that is part of Microsoft 365 and was initially released in 2017.  New features are continually being added, and this blog recaps a few of the notable ones that have recently been released. 

Meetings 

Dynamic view: The new dynamic view has the ability to intelligently arranges the elements of your meeting. As people join, turn on video, start to speak, or present in a meeting, Teams auto-adjusts and personalizes your layout. Dynamic view is rolling out soon. 

View switcher: The new view switcher in the top bar of your Teams meeting allows you to control how you see the meeting content.  

  • Together mode allows you to interact naturally without visual distractions. 
  • Gallery at top sets video feeds to the top of your meeting window, making it easier to have a more natural eye gaze with others. 
  • Focus hides all video feeds and puts the attention fully on the shared content.  
  • Full screen can help remove other desktop distractions. 

View switcher will be available soon. 

Presenter mode can customize how your video and content appear to your audience.  

  • Standout shows your video feed as a silhouette in front of the shared content.  
  • Side-by-side displays your video feed next to your content.  

Presenter mode will be available soon. 

PowerPoint Live in Microsoft Teams: As a presenter, you can now lead meetings with a single view of your notes, slides, meeting chat, and participants. Attendees can also personalize their experience by navigating the content at their own pace or using the screen reader to consume content, allowing people with vision disabilities to follow along with the presentation more easily 

Webinars 

Attendee registration and email confirmations: There is a new meeting type called “webinar.” Using the webinar meeting you can create an attendee registration page to manage attendance before and after the meeting. After registering, attendees will automatically receive an email confirmation with a simple join experience. 

1,000-person interactive webinars with moderation control: Teams now supports interactive meetings for up to 1,000 attendees. In these meetings you can including rich presentation options, live reactions, and moderation controls to disable chat, audio, and video for the attendees of the event. 

20,000-person view-only broadcasts: If your attendance is more than 1,000, Teams can scale up to 10,000 (view-only) mode. These meetings include host moderation control that automatically disables attendees’ audio and video to prevent accidental presentation interruptions.  

Attendee reporting: Post webinar, you will have access to attendee participation reporting. This reporting includes who attended and how long they participated. Download an attendee report to review or use data to produce your own custom reports. Attending reporting became available to download March 2021, and additional reporting capabilities within Teams will be available next quarter. 

Collaboration 

Microsoft Teams Connect: With Teams Connect you can share Teams Channels with anyone, including users external to your organization. The shared channel will appear within an individual’s primary Teams tenant alongside other teams and channels, making it easy for everyone to access it in their workflow. Admins have access to granular controls, allowing their organization to stay in control of how external users access data and information. Teams Connect is available today in private preview and will roll out broadly later this calendar year. 

Teams mobile experience enhancements: Numerous new capabilities have been announced to enhance the mobile experience. The mobile app will have:

  • An updated visual look and feel 
  • New headers 
  • Icons 
  • Styling  
  • Ability to automatically switch to dark theme 

Other updates include:  

  • Access to files stored in Teams while offline 
  • New search experience with suggestions 
  • Ability to pin chats 
  • Expanded library of emojis 

These features are coming to iOS first, followed by Android. 

Stay tuned to our blogs and webinars for continued updates and information on the evolution of Microsoft Teams and how you can leverage this solution for collaboration throughout your organization!  If you would like to discuss further, email us at info@peters.com.  We are happy to help!