New Microsoft Teams Features

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With more and more people working from home, Teams has become the primary communication method for a lot of our clients. It’s a great program, tightly integrated with your existing Office 365 infrastructure. In case you’ve missed some of our past coverage of teams, you can find a quick-start guide here, you can follow these directions to add custom video backgrounds, and you can find some more Teams tips and tricks linked to in this post, this post and this post. Microsoft is really trying to push to add and enable features that are being requested, and it looks like they are on their way.

Among the new features that have rolled out or are soon rolling out:

3×3 Video View:

You used to be able to only see 4 folks on screen at once. Microsoft has upped that to nine. While it’s still far short of the large number that Zoom allows, I actually prefer the smaller limit as it gets really hard to see folks as the videos get smaller.

Raise Your Hand:

You can now raise you hand in meeting, like you would in a classroom. This will put a gold hand icon on your video feed so folks know that you’d like to speak.

Pop-Out Chat:

Teams is now multi-window friendly. Click on the little pop-out-chat icon on your conversation to open it in a new window.

You can keep abreast of new features as they roll out on Microsoft’s Teams update site.

Interested in how Teams can help you keep collaboration and communication flowing during these crazy times? Contact our team.

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