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. 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. Collaborative Annotation on Presenter Shared Screen
Annotations are powered by Microsoft Whiteboard and allow the presenters the ability to start a collaborative annotation for all participants. The presenter can also annotate on shared screen content for all attendees. This feature is being delivered to improve the meeting experience by allowing the presenter and attendees access to a whiteboard feature during the meeting. The annotation will be saved with the meeting for ability to access in the future.
2. Join a Meeting by Digital Code
This feature enables the user to join a meeting by entering a digital code. If you are owner of a Microsoft Teams meeting, you can share a code and password for those more private meetings. To find both the meeting ID and passcode, go to your calendar in Outlook and open the meeting you want to join. At the bottom of the meeting invitation under, “Or join by entering a meeting ID”, you’ll find the ID and passcode. You will have to use this code from the Teams client, browser, or mobile app to access the meeting. At this time, external users cannot use meeting codes.
3. Modern Meeting Experience on the Web
The modern meeting and calling experience will be available for Teams on the web in Chrome and Edge browsers – including improved pre-join, dynamic view, and the updated control bar. This feature is improving the Teams meeting experience from the browser and aligning the experience the Teams client offers. Please read this Microsoft article on the announcement for more available features and known limitations.
4. Start a Teams Chat with Distribution Groups, Mail-enabled Security Groups, and O365 Groups
You currently can start a chat with individuals, create chat groups, and chat with yourself. Now you will now be able to start a Teams Chat with Distribution Groups, Mail-enabled Security Groups, and O365 Groups. This feature will respect the limits on members in a group chat – currently set to 250 members. This goes a step further in the conversation experience by allowing users to create Teams workspaces or group chats to target an audience. We still suggest using Yammer for communities, but this is another feature that can help organize chat with specific groups of people in Teams chat.
5. Yammer, Microsoft Teams, and Microsoft Stream: Yammer Encoded Events Powered by Microsoft Teams
Today when you create a Live Event in Yammer, the video stream and production is powered by Microsoft Stream. With this new feature, all Live Events (production and the video stream itself within Yammer) will be powered by Microsoft Teams. This brings together a more seamless video production experience across the Microsoft 365 platform by closely integrating the Live Events capabilities.
6. Microsoft Forms: Re-use Previously Created Polls in Teams Meetings
The days of recreating forms for meeting are over in Microsoft Teams. Now, instead of creating polls from scratch for each meeting, organizers and presenters can now re-use or modify previously created polls and apply them to new meetings.
7. Microsoft Teams and Forms: Rating Poll
Teams Meeting owners can easily create and launch Rating polls to increase engagement and collect input from their meeting attendees – as well as share the results live.
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.
- Co-organizer Meeting Role | Feature ID 81391 – Rolling out (June 2022)
- Pairing the channel and the corresponding SharePoint folder name | Feature ID 72211 – Rolling out (July 2022)
- Chat with Self | Feature ID 88066 – Rolling out (June 2022)
- Speaker Coach in Microsoft Teams Meetings | Feature ID 88253 – Updated to July 2022
- Home Page Customization for Teams Admin Center | Feature ID 85703 – Still in Development (July 2022)
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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