Again, it’s that time of the month where we go back and review all the changes and updates that have taken place in Microsoft Teams over the past month. We’ve seen plenty of updates and changes to Teams over the month of July, so let’s dive in and review the most notable highlights.
Improved meeting experience
First, in July, we saw the integration between Microsoft Teams and Microsoft Forms which led to the introduction of new features as well as enhancements to existing functionality in Teams Meeting Polls. Among them was the replacement of the Forms app in Teams to Polls. This was put in place to help users locate and add polls to their chats and meetings.
You’ll also notice UI improvements to the poll suggestions pane, which now allow users to change the position of suggested polls from the bottom to the side pane and the ability to show or hide the side pane, among other things. improvements.
On top of that, users will have access to a list that highlights their recent polls, this way they can reuse those polls in new meetings, saving them time. Users will also get “dynamic confirmation” once they’ve taken a poll, as well as a ratings capability that lets them give feedback by rating scaled symbols.
Key changes to phone and calls
Another notable feature that arrived in Teams in July is the ability to hide your call history on Teams for desktop and mobile. And not only that, users will now be able to hear call recording announcements using the default language set for Teams calls to or from a phone number.
The common area telephone has also been improved so that it can reach a wider audience without increasing the cost. You can access security, endpoint management, and cloud-based voicemail features through the following service plans that have been integrated into the Common Area Phone License:
- Azure Active Directory Premium Plan 1
- Microsoft Intune
- Exchange Online Plan 2 (cloud-based voicemail only)
According to the blog post. “Spectralink’s DECT devices have been integrated into the SIP gateway”. This is in place to improve both efficiency and effectiveness, as frontline workers can use the calling feature of Teams to improve communication with their colleagues.
Apart from that, users can now easily leave the reserved team room using the newly integrated “Manage” button on the panel.
Additionally, through the same button, users can extend a Teams Rooms reservation directly from the panel. However, this is only possible if the room is available at that specific time.
Users running Teams on certified devices that support camera on/off can now run it more efficiently with the click of a button rather than the previous approach which required the user to fumble the mouse or the keyboard to modify it.
Chat and Collaboration
LinkedIn has been integrated with Teams, this way users can see the profiles of their colleagues which in turn helps them to form a bond on similar interests and at the same time improve their skills.
Also, if you want to create a message in a team channel, you will no longer be required to mention team owners individually. Instead, you can notify them all at once by mentioning “@Team Owners”.
Users will now be able to inherit the correct policy through a Group Policy assignment or an org-wide global default, as administrators now have the ability to bulk clean up users’ individual policy assignments.
We recently reported on Microsoft Teams integration with Canvas. They have also partnered with Moodle in an effort to improve the learning experience. Microsoft Teams Meetings LTI and Classes LTI applications are accessible directly from Moodle.
Government officials will now be able to modify their user experience accordingly or even customize their safety and security settings using the new Meetings Options feature, they will also be able to watch up to 49 videos at the same time during meetings on the virtual office infrastructure and finally, using the Together mode feature, officials will be able to see all of their colleagues on a shared background.
We have only given you an overview of some of the key changes that came to Microsoft Teams in July via this article, however, there are many other updates and features that have been brought to the platform, such that security, compliance and privacy we did not touch. You can, however, get the full scoop on Microsoft’s Techcommunity post. Also be sure to check out the June recap in case you missed it.