New features in Microsoft Teams Rooms this month

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Microsoft announced several new features in Microsoft Teams, including new devices, new audio and video features, and new features in Microsoft Teams Rooms.

According to a tech community blog, Teams Rooms features come first, a new Teams Rooms layout designed to improve hybrid meetings and provide participants in the room with better context of what’s going on in different aspects of the meeting.

The feature allows remote participants to be seen in the room at eye level, and chat and a listed view of participants with their hands raised are brought to the front of the room screen.

The front view will be available in the layout selection experience on the Teams Rooms console, and it can be set as the default layout or completely disabled by device administrators.

Front view is available on all Windows Teams Rooms, single and dual display modes, and on all display sizes, the company says.

Teams Rooms users can also switch between multiple video cameras in rooms with more than one video camera in the space. Administrators can select a default camera in the device settings to use when starting a meeting.

New Cortana features include a microphone icon that is replaced with the Cortana avatar to improve usability, and voice activation is now enabled by default for new device installs.

Users can use “Hey Cortana” to join meetings and other commands, depending on language settings.

New management capabilities make it easier for IT admins to manage storage, including a feature that automatically deletes records after 60 days, more detailed app management insights, admin notifications for app submissions customizations, guest user features and more.

In addition to meeting controls and a calling app update, the company announced new device certifications for Microsoft Teams Rooms, including:

  • Poly Studio E70
  • Lenovo Go Wired Headset
  • Lenovo Go Wired Speaker
  • Metaportal

Other notable features include a mute shortcut, custom web backgrounds, high fidelity music mode, video mirroring, isolated audio stream capabilities, and a Walkie Talkie app for devices. iOS and Android mobiles.

Read the Tech Community Blog for more information.

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