Top Updates Introduced to Microsoft Teams in 2020 - Part 1

Topics: Collaboration tools, Microsoft Teams, Employee Communication, Online Meeting

Written by Alex K Joseph

As we all know, Collaboration Softwares are an integral part of businesses today. Without them, it is not the same anymore. Microsoft Teams is one of the most popular and reputed ones among them today and just because Microsoft is behind this solution, we know it is going to be fantastic in all areas. No doubt that the software comes with a ton of features, capabilities, and options. What made us a fan of this productivity solution is the way it is getting bigger and better each month. We all love software solutions and technologies that are getting enhanced and adapted to changing situations and demands. Microsoft Teams is a master choice when it comes to reaching up to the expectations of the modern world and practical requirements. Today, we are going to tell you about the top updates introduced to Microsoft Teams in 2020.

There are 3 more months left in 2020 and we are sure there is going to be a dozen updates more before this dramatic year say’s goodbye. We will further update this blog until the final update of the year arrives. Let us get to know the updates so far.

January 10, 2020

Display Names For everyone

Microsoft decided to provide display names to not just internal users but also users from outside your organization. This lets you search in conversation histories with their names, instead of email addresses.

January 17, 2020

Microsoft Teams Desktop App for Windows Server

From this day, Microsoft Teams Desktop App was made available and supported in machines running with Windows Server. According to this update, the desktop app will work smoothy for all versions from 2012 R2.

January 28, 2020

Introducing Read Receipts

Read receipts are a basic feature in most communication apps today. Microsoft Teams enabled this ability to its platform and made it a default ability available to all. Admins can decide whether they want to turn it off or not.

February 21, 2020

Ability to Pin Apps

Microsoft Teams allows you to pin your favorite apps to the left side of the Teams. Just click on the three dots on the left to access all the apps available and right-click on any app and choose ‘pin’ to place it on the left side of the platform for quick access.

February 28, 2020

Edit Multi-Channel Posts

Making company-wide announcements through multiple channels in the Microsoft Teams platform is easy. Since now you had no option to edit the message or make any changes once it is posted. However, Teams now allow editing the cross-posts as you do in single-channel posts.

March 6, 2020

Create Tags and Use Them For @mention

Microsoft Teams introduced the option to create tags and assign people to them so that you can utilize the @mention for mentioning a role, department, or any custom category effectively. To access these options, go to a team and choose More options … and pick Manage tags.

March 20, 2020

Teams Calendar and Event Scheduling Form Enhancements

You can now access options like chat with participants, join a meeting and other RSVP options by simply right-clicking on the events in your calendar. You can now read and create messages while you are not connected to the internet or if the internet connection is poor.

April 10, 2020

End Meeting Option

Meeting organizers can now end the meeting for all participants instantly. You can find the End meeting option from your meeting controls. Go to More options and choose End meeting.

April 17, 2020

Announce When Callers Join or Leave

You can now let everyone notify when a user joins or leave a meeting. This helps every participant to stay aware of who is in the meeting or who left. Meeting organizers can enable these options by going to Meeting options and enabling the option Announce when callers join or leave.

April 20, 2020

Ability to Bypass the Meeting Lobby

Microsoft Teams introduced an option to avoid callers wait in the lobby to join a meeting. The option ensures that the meeting organizers do not have to pause the meeting in-between to let callers join the meeting. Enable this feature by going to Meeting options and enable Always let callers bypass the lobby?.


To be continued…

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