This month we noticed several new Microsoft Teams enhancements designed to ensure a better user experience. In this update, we highlight new General Availability features and explain how they benefit your day-to-day work. Also, we noticed that a few items from previous months were moved back on the deployment schedule roadmap. These are covered at the end of this blog.
1. Branded Lobby for Desktop
Microsoft Teams meetings will become much easier to brand so attendees can identify which environment the meeting is being hosted in. Admins will now be able to add a custom logo to the Teams experience for display in the lobby and pre-join experience. The Advanced Communications SKU will be required by the organizer for the logo to be displayed for meetings. To read more on the Teams Advanced Communications, click here.
2. Chat with Self
The collaboration and communication in Microsoft Teams is becoming more seamless with each feature release. Coming this month, you will be able to send yourself notes, messages, files, and images / videos in the Microsoft Teams chat functions. This feature can help you stay on task in Teams while you are trying to keep up with many items at once. Using this feature can provide a quicker way to take notes instead of trying to find or open other applications.
3. Detect Music Automatically
Microsoft’s previously released Machine Learning-based noise suppression is now enabled by default. ML-based noise suppression listens for any non-speech signal that’s picked up by the microphone and identifies it as noise which should be suppressed. To avoid suppressing music, and to allow users to enable the new high-fidelity music mode, Microsoft has built an ML-based music detector which will inform the user via a notification on the screen whenever music is present.
If you’re in a coffee shop with music in the background, this will notify you it’s being suppressed so you don’t have to worry about a lot of background noise making it into your call. And if you have to play music on your call – because it’s part of a project like a marketing campaign – you can turn off its suppression.
4. Exchange Contacts Available in Calling Pickers
Microsoft Teams allows users to store contacts in Teams Chat and Calling. Now Exchange contacts with associated phone numbers will be available as part of the drop-down selection in all Calling people pickers, such as the Dialer or call transfer for customers with PSTN enabled.
5. Manage What Attendees See
Microsoft Teams meeting presenters will be able to restrict what shared content and presenters your attendees can see on screen. This feature will assist presenters who don’t want to share their entire screen and let them select only specific screens to share. This will help the presenter when switching screens during a presentation, so the audience doesn’t see how many unread email messages the presenter has in their inbox.
6. Presenter Mode: Controls to Move and Resize Presenter Video
During a meeting, presenters often focus their attention too much on their video instead of the screen. But the new Presenter mode will show large and Presenter mode video controls that enable presenters to move and resize presenter video feed and automatically adjusts the content size. In Standout, Reporter, and Side-by side mode, they can now choose to appear on the left or right and adjust the video feed size to better fit each type of presentation.
7. Share the System Audio from Meetings on Web
The ability to share system audio from your device in Teams meetings allows the presenter to play video as part of their presentation. Until now, this has only been available from the Teams client. Users in a Teams meeting on web can now share audio while screen sharing. But you will need to make sure that Teams and your computer are set to the same speaker.
8. Speaker Coach in Microsoft Teams Meetings
Microsoft has been the leader in integration of Artificial Intelligence in our everyday workspace. Their latest AI integration, Speaker Coach, uses AI to privately share guidance on your pace, notify you if you are interrupting someone, and remind you to check in with your audience. This could benefit you as a presenter since this feature provides private, personalized feedback on your speaking and presentation skills in real-time – as well as post-meeting in a summary.
9. Suggested Replies in Chats
The suggested replies feature was only available for Teams on mobile devices. Now this feature is coming to the desktop version. Suggested replies in Teams chat uses assistive AI to create short responses based on the context of the previous message. Suggested replies give users up to three recommended responses to choose from. This feature can be helpful by providing quick replies on the go or to help minimize interruptions in your daily functions.
10. New Video Filters
Microsoft Teams announced this feature back at Ignite 2021 to assist presenters or anyone turning on their video during a Teams meeting. Before joining a meeting, you can use filters to subtly adjust lighting levels and smooth out facial features to customize your appearance. Per Microsoft, Soft focus applies a smoothing effect to appearance, and Adjust brightness enhances the video quality when lighting is poor. This feature can make sure you look your best during the meeting.
11. Quiet Time Settings in Teams and Outlook
Rolling out this month, you can set your quiet time directly from Teams and Outlook mobile to help create better boundaries and protect your personal time. Later this year, Microsoft Viva Insights will offer the ability to configure quiet time to silence mobile notifications from Outlook and Teams outside your working hours – as well as provide personalized insights on how well you are disconnecting.
Updates on Reschedules
Microsoft will occasionally reschedule features to fit their deployment timeline. This section covers any updates from our previous blogs that were rescheduled. Click on the URLs below to see the roadmap item update.
- Co-organizer Meeting Role | Feature ID 81391 – Still in Development (MAY 2022)
- Notifications During Meetings| Feature ID 87452 – Still Rolling out
- Pairing the channel and the corresponding SharePoint folder name | Feature ID 72211– Still in Development
- Home Page Customization for Teams Admin Center | Feature ID 85703 – Still in Development (MAY 2022)
- LinkedIn Integration in Teams | Feature ID 89132 – Still in Development
The feature deployment of the Microsoft 365 Platform comes in many waves, across multiple tenants, and in different phases. Microsoft has many phased release cycles for their environments. The features are more for the enterprise environment, and the governance tenants may vary on the release. You can access the full Microsoft 365 Roadmap here.
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