What’s New in Microsoft Teams
All-New Whiteboard in Microsoft Teams
The Microsoft Whiteboard in Teams has been completely rebuilt to provide a rich visual collaboration workspace. With 40+ new customizable templates, ability to insert images and shapes, and 8 new reactions, you can bring people together in a rich visual collaboration workspace. Insert documents such as PowerPoint presentations and annotate with 15 new pen and highlighter colors to iterate together and bring your ideas to life. Available now in Teams desktop, web, and mobile. Learn more.
Live Transcript in unscheduled meetings using Meet Now and Channel meetings
Live Transcript is now available for unscheduled (ad hoc) and Channel Teams meetings. For ad hoc meetings, you will be able to download the transcript from the chat screen after the meeting. For Channel meetings, you can view the transcript under the Recordings & Transcripts tab. To enable this feature, make sure the Allow Transcription policy is turned on. Learn more.
Breakout Room managers support
Microsoft has added the ability for a meeting organizer to extend the management of breakout rooms to presenters. By taking control from breakout rooms management panel, appointed presenters will be able to perform breakout room operations as managers or meeting organizers, and join rooms as a breakout room manager. Only participants who are named as presenters can be appointed as breakout room managers. Learn more.
Breakout room pre-meeting room creation and participant assignment
Organizers can now perform breakout room configurations and participant assignment tasks before the meeting starts via Teams desktop app. You can create rooms in bulk, add or delete individual rooms, configure meeting options, adjust session settings like timer, and pre-assign participants via both manual and automatic assignment options. At this time, only invited attendees – up to 300 participants, will be available for pre-assignment. Learn more.
Presenter mode ‘Standout’ in PowerPoint Live
Presenter mode “Standout” allows you to overlay your video feed on the PowerPoint presentation slide during a Microsoft Teams meeting. The experience works for both PowerPoint Presenter View and PowerPoint SlideShow view. Now you can easily direct your audiences’ attention with hand gestures and facial cues, while leveraging features such as notes, slide view, and inking. Stay tuned for the next two layouts coming soon on PowerPoint Live: Reporter and Side-by-side. Learn more.
1:1 Calling in Safari Web Browser
Microsoft is now bringing 1:1 calling from Teams to Safari. Users can now initiate a 1:1 call with another Teams user while using Teams on Safari. Users can initiate a 1:1 call from the Calls App or from the Call button in the header of a 1:1 chat.
Operator Connect general availability
Enabling PSTN services on Teams becomes simpler and seamless with the general availability of Operator Connect. You can bring your existing operator PSTN service and phone numbers from a growing list of operators. Save on hardware and management costs and benefit from shared support and reliability. Learn more about Operator Connect.
Microsoft Teams Calling Plans expansion
With Microsoft Teams Calling Plans you can make Microsoft your operator and provide PSTN service to your users without on-premises equipment. Microsoft is expanding the coverage by adding five new calling plan markets – Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovenia, and Croatia – bringing the total to 33 markets.
Chat & Collaboration
Chat supervisors can delete messages
Learning online can be personal, engaging, and socially enriching when educators and teachers use Teams chats, channels, and meetings to stay in touch. However, online learning can also present unique student safety challenges. This feature, designed with Teams for Education users in mind, allows chat supervisors to delete inappropriate, off-topic, or other messages in a Teams chat.
Suggested Replies in chats (EDU)
Suggested replies presents users with up to three recommended responses to choose from in the context of a chat. This functionality will be enabled by default for teachers and faculty, and completely disabled for all students.
Comment, share, print, and more with Visio Viewer in Microsoft Teams
Until recently, users with or without a Visio license could not complete simple tasks like commenting on, sharing, and printing Visio files from Viewer within Microsoft Teams. Users with a Visio license had to open their Visio file in Editor in Teams or within the Visio web or desktop app, while users without a Visio license had to open the file in their browser. This capability enables both users with and without a Visio license to complete simple tasks on Visio files stored in Teams, like commenting, sharing, printing, downloading their Visio diagram as an image or PDF, and more—all from within Teams.
Power Platform and custom development
Enable Teams users to purchase Teams apps through the Teams store
Microsoft Teams users have now the ability to purchase third-party Teams app subscriptions from the Teams store.
Queue view for virtual visits scheduled in the Microsoft Bookings app
Real time updates to meeting state in a queue view for virtual visits scheduled in the Microsoft Bookings app.
Team Templates maintenance
Enhancements to Team Templates content with additional apps and channels in the Microsoft-provided predefined team structure.