Microsoft Teams is a business communication platform that is part of Microsoft 365 and was initially released in 2017. Since the release of Teams, there have been 295 updates to the application platform. Microsoft holds an annual conference for developers and IT professionals called “Microsoft Ignite”. At Microsoft Ignite 2020 several new features were announced for Teams. Here are my Top 10 of the more notable features.
1. Microsoft Teams meeting recordings will now be stored in OneDrive and SharePoint
Finally! I have done my share of recordings in Teams, but I cannot share them outside of my company because of Microsoft Stream limitations. Microsoft Teams meeting recordings will now be stored and shared with OneDrive and SharePoint, rather than stored directly in Microsoft Stream. Because the files are in OneDrive/SharePoint, we benefit from the much more mature permissions and sharing, retention policies, information governance.
2. Custom Meeting Layouts
Custom meeting layouts allow presenters to customize how content shows up for participants during a meeting. One of the most exciting features is using the AI green screen technology to overlay the presenter on a PowerPoint slide. I think this is great for both engagement in content and the presenter.
3. Microsoft Teams Meeting recaps
After a meeting there will be an auto-generated summary. The summary will include the meeting recording, transcript, chat shared files, and more. The summary will be shared via the meeting Chat tab and viewable in the Details tab for each meeting. This will be a great way for anyone that missed the meeting to catch-up.
4. Webinar registration and reporting
At Peters & Associates we do our fair share of webinars. We usually offer a disclaimer on why we do not do our webinars on Microsoft Teams. Microsoft is looking to close some of the gaps towards being a webinar platform with event registration, automated emails, and a detailed reporting dashboard that will help understand attendee engagement. Now Microsoft Teams might provide an interesting webinar platform for many. These new features are expected to begin to roll out by the end of the year.
5. Improved calling app
For those who use the calling feature of Teams (I highly recommend taking a look at it),there is a much-improved calling app. A new streamlined view shows contacts, voicemail, calling history, and current device information, making it easier to initiate or return a call with a single click.
6.New Together mode
A fun new way to meet. Together mode reimagines meeting experiences to help participants feel closer together even when they are apart. With new Together mode scenes coming this calendar year, you can transport your team to a variety of settings that can help set the tone and create the experience for your meeting, whether it be an auditorium, a conference room, or a coffee shop.
An exciting feature with lots of potential coming in October, breakout rooms will allow meeting organizers to split up meeting participants into smaller groups to facilitate brainstorming sessions or workgroup discussions. Presenters can choose to hop between breakout rooms, make announcements to all breakout rooms, and/or close the breakout rooms that then bring everybody back into the main meeting.
8.Bulk policy assignment
Not exciting for everyone, but for those that manage Teams, policies allow administrators to efficiently control the Teams features available to their users. Now administrators can apply policies in batches of up to 50K users.
9.Delegate device management admin role
Helping users take ownership of their Teams environment Microsoft recently introduced a new delegate device admin role that can only view and manage the devices section in Teams Admin Center. This allows Global Admins to restrict and control the permission of managing other Teams Admin Functions.
10.Call Quality Dashboard enhancements
Microsoft recently released new PSTN (public switched telephone network) data for calling plans and direct routing advanced data into the call quality dashboard. By the end of this year, they will also preview real-time data for live events troubleshooting and remediation. Teams calling is already great, and expanding the call quality dashboard will make troubleshooting the rare poor call even easier.
With new features being released in Teams all the time, it is important to keep a pulse on all that Teams is capable of in order to provide the greatest value to your business. We’re ready to help you implement or better utilize Microsoft Teams to keep you and your organization on the same page. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more!