Microsoft Teams Features Update

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Steve Wemyss
Microsoft Teams Features Update

Microsoft announced that they will be enabling users to be able to view meetings and calls in separate windows along with the other recently announced features. These features were originally supposed to be released in April, as stated in our previous blog post, but there were some delays.

Here is the latest information:

 

When this will happen?

This feature will now be rolled out in June.

 

What will change?

Once this new feature is available, users will be able to view meetings and calls in separate windows from the main Microsoft Teams client. Additionally, meeting and call controls such as mute, video, chat, leave and others will now be located at the top of the meeting window so that they are always available and never block the underlying content. This new experience will also include recently announced features such as 3×3 video, raise hands, and custom backgrounds.

 

What action do you need to take?

Once this is rolled out, it will roll-out OFF by default. Users will have the ability to turn on the new experience via the user setting: General > Turn on new meetings and calling experiences. We highly recommend taking this step so you can begin to experience these new features immediately.

 

Steps for Users to turn on the new experience:

Step 1: Click on Avatar on top right of Teams and click Settings.

 

Step 2: Check the Turn on new calling an meetings experiences check box and then restart the Teams client.

 

What will this look like?

New meeting experience:

 

New meeting/calls control location:

 

What else should we look out for?

Here are the timeline updates for the additional features we’ve mentioned in the past:

  • June – New experiences are available and users can enable through settings.
  • July – Experiences are enabled by default and users can disable through settings.
  • August – Experiences are enabled by default and user controls are no longer available.

 

How else can you best prepare?

Educate your users on how they can enable the new meeting and calling experience. Additionally, you may consider updating any training or documentation as appropriate.