What’s new to Microsoft Teams: The latest features

Microsoft Teams has unveiled a flurry of new features over recent weeks. We take a look at how they could benefit your business...

Gary Luther

10/07/2020

Microsoft Teams is one of the most popular workplace apps in the world today.

Even before the Covid-19 pandemic pushed more people to begin working from home, companies were turning to team collaboration apps for more reliable communication. Microsoft Teams offers a convenient and efficient way to connect with people inside and outside of the office.

Today, Microsoft Teams has more than 75 million daily active users, and the number keeps growing. As Teams emerges as the central communication space for today’s companies, Microsoft is continuing to roll out new features that make this app more immersive and productive.

Today, we’re going to look at some of the most compelling features to arrive on Microsoft Teams over the past few weeks.

Bringing People Together

Since the Covid-19 pandemic began, Microsoft has been doubling down on efforts to help employees feel more connected. In recent months, we’ve seen the arrival of virtual backgrounds, to help people communicate more comfortably from their home offices. Microsoft also makes it quick and easy to join meeting spaces. Employees can either join a link from the web, or a desktop client.

One of the biggest features supporting the connections between people is Microsoft Together Mode. This new system creates a virtual live avatar of a person that helps them to feel more engaged within a meeting. You can place your virtual self into a digital room with all your coworkers, as though you’re sitting next to each other.

Although the mode might seem a little strange, it’s a great way to remove the visual distractions usually common in gallery view meetings. Together mode will be available to all users in August this year, starting with an auditorium view. Further formats will be available in the future.

Better Content Sharing

Alongside solutions that improve video conferencing, Microsoft is also launching a dynamic view for Microsoft Teams content. This allows people to share content with participants side-by-side. This is helpful if you want to show several different pieces of content at once.

Another interesting feature is Microsoft Teams templates. Here, you can create instant templates for everything from crisis response documents, to event management notes. These templates are appearing on Teams alongside a few other handy features, like Microsoft Lists. The lists help users to track assets, issues, contacts, routines, and more with customisable views.

Microsoft also recently increased the number of people able to take part in meetings, with support for up to 1,000 participants, or 20,000 people if those people are just viewing a discussion. This update comes with a new live transcriptions feature to ensure that everyone in a meeting can see and hear exactly what’s being said. Later this year, you’ll even be able to translate conversations in real-time.

More Meaningful Conversations

The Microsoft roadmap is constantly evolving with new features and functionality.

This month, the company introduced new video filters and live reactions so that employees can engage more with other team members through video. For companies that need more control over conferences, support is available for tenant-wide management of who can present in meetings, in which background effects users can access.

Better policy controls for screen sharing boosts the security status of Microsoft Teams, while features like Cortana make it easier to join meetings and share files with nothing but your voice. Microsoft Teams is even adding new suggested replies for chat messages, so employees can respond to conversations faster when they’re in a hurry.

With in-line message translation for both desktop and mobile devices, companies can connect with colleagues and freelancers around the world, without worrying about language gaps. Microsoft is also recruiting hardware companies like Yealink and Lenovo to create special displays for Microsoft Teams users that need to brainstorm in a more visual environment.

Looking to the Future with Teams

Over the last few months, the number of new features and functionality appearing in Microsoft Teams has accelerated at an incredible rate. From priority notifications that allow users to keep track of the messages that matter most to you, to meeting scheduling available for Free Teams as well as paid clients, there’s something for everyone.

In the months ahead, Microsoft has a wide selection of new ideas on its roadmap, ready to make Microsoft Teams experience even more innovative. Plus, with Microsoft Teams’ migration features, it’s easier than ever to get started with a new Teams solution.

If you want to learn more about adding Microsoft Teams into your communication stack, contact Nice Network today. We can help you set up Microsoft Teams with direct routing capabilities, so you don’t have to compromise on business voice!