I always feel like I’m receiving a new gift when I discover a new feature that I have been waiting for in Microsoft Teams. Imagine my surprise when I discover a feature that I love, but that I didn’t know about! The following are the most recent features in Microsoft Teams that we should all be seeing appear in our tenants now or over the next several weeks.
1. View Only Unread Activity
Have you ever wished you didn’t have to look at all the activity notifications that you have already read in Teams? Now you don’t have to!
You can filter the Feed panel when you receive an Activity notification. Now there is a toggle switch to hide anything you have already seen. Just flip the switch and only new activities will appear there.
Default Activity view:
New Activity view when the toggle switch is set to “Unread only”:
2. Full Chat Conversation History from Search Message Results
When you search for a conversation in Teams and select it from the results, you will now see the entire conversation history appear with the entire message thread. (This will be dependent on compliance and retention settings.)
3. Instant Binary Polls
Microsoft Polls is currently the only app offering a 1-click instant binary poll. When you open the Polls app during a meeting, you can ask a verbal question and with one click select the instant poll you want to use. Your attendees are given a binary choice, and the results are displayed. There are 3 choices of instant polls:
- Yes / No
- Thumbs Up / Thumbs Down
- Heart / Broken Heart
4. Teams Video Clip (TVC) – In Public Preview
The Teams Video Clip allows you to record yourself in video to share in Teams chat. Clicking on the video icon next to the Send arrow will launch a recording session with Microsoft Stream that will be sent to the other person(s) in chat.
Points to note:
- You can only record a maximum of one minute.
- It is not downloadable.
- It can’t be forwarded.
- It can’t be sent during a Teams meeting.
- It does not allow you to hide your background or to record your screen.
- It is currently only available if your tenant allows Public Preview of features.
5. Microsoft 365 Templates for Teams and SharePoint
When you create a new team, a coinciding SharePoint site is made simultaneously. Now, when you set up a team using one of the 16 default templates, the related SharePoint template is automatically applied to the team’s SharePoint site – saving you time.
For example, if you are creating a project team in Teams, the provisioned SharePoint site will now also provision a Project tracker list and an Issue tracker list at the same time.
You are able to edit channel names (except General) when you select the template in Teams.
6. Teams Calendar Now Lets You Open in a New Window
Teams will finally let you schedule from the calendar and simultaneously use the rest of the features. When this new feature arrives in your tenant, scheduling a new meeting or looking at an existing one will happen from a second window. You will be able to move around in the Teams calendar while scheduling a new meeting just like you can do today in Outlook.
If opening an existing meeting, you will select Pop out meeting details in the top right corner of the app. If scheduling a new meeting, it will automatically open in a secondary window.
This feature is currently rolling out to General Availability for DoD and GCC High tenants right now.
7. Schedule Chat Message Send
Look out for this feature – especially if you work with people in different time zones or who work on a flexible schedule. Similar to the way you can delay delivery of emails in Outlook, in Chat you will be able to right click on the Send arrow and be given options of selecting the day and time you want to send your message.