3 New Updates to Microsoft Teams | August 2022

By: Johnny Lopez | August 16, 2022

This month we noticed a few 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. At the end of this blog, we will call out a few items from previous months that were moved back on the deployment schedule roadmap.

1. Automatically End Stale Teams Meetings

Sometimes a meeting participant accidentally puts the meeting on hold or does not hang up, preventing the meeting features like recordings and participants reports from being generated. This feature will automatically close a meeting that has passed the end time when only one user is left in the meeting. The meeting will be considered stale and prompt the meeting participant to end the call or dismiss the notification. If they do not dismiss the prompt, the meeting will automatically be ended. This will trigger the recording to save and be shared if the meeting was being recorded.

2. Choose Preferred Download Location for Files

When downloading a document from Teams, the default location is always the “downloads” folder on the desktop for Windows or Mac. This new feature will enable users to select a default download location where they would like to have their files downloaded. This change only applies to the desktop client for Windows and Mac devices. Teams on the web will always honor the setting in the browser. 

3. Pop Out Shared Content into a Separate Window

Teams meeting Presenters and Participants can now pop out shared meeting content in a separate window. The meeting content can be a shared screen, PowerPoint Live presentation, or even a Microsoft Whiteboard session. Users can pop out the window with shared content by clicking on the “Pop out” icon next to People in the meeting. This feature can enable the participants to use multiple windows while focusing on the shared content.

Updates on Rescheduled Features

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.

  • Chat with Self | Feature ID 88066 – Still Rolling out (first highlighted in June 2022)
  • Speaker Coach in Microsoft Teams Meetings | Feature ID 88253 – In Development (first highlighted in July 2022)
  • Home Page Customization for Teams Admin Center | Feature ID 85703 – Rolling out (first highlighted in July 2022)

In Conclusion

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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Article by: Johnny Lopez

Johnny Lopez is a Microsoft MVP and Microsoft Certified Trainer for the Core BTS Modern Workplace team. He is a passionate evangelist who delivers his professional experiences, technical expertise, and real-world Microsoft 365 content services and Power Platform experience to the technology communities.

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