Top Updates Introduced to Microsoft Teams In 2020 – Part 2

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

Written by Alex K Joseph

Welcome to the second part of our blog series that is intended to make you aware of all updates introduced to Microsoft Teams in 2020. In the first part, we talked about all the new updates that were released until April. Let us see the list of updates that rolled out from May to September in this post.

May 1, 2020

Channel Analytics

You can now go to More options > Manage teams > Analytics to get Channel analytics along with team analytics. According to this update, you will also get metrics like a running tally of posts and replies in a specific team and channel. Furthermore, the time period of data is now increased to 90 days. The option to add System Audio to Live Events while presenting is also another update introduced with this announcement.

May 13, 2020

3x3 Video Streams

Microsoft Teams started to allow up to 9 video streams at a time while joining the meetings through the desktop app. This helps you to include more people with a video conference experience.

May 15, 2020

Raise Your Hand

It is important to make your point while at a meeting. The new ‘Raise your hand’ feature allows you to notify everyone that you have something to communicate by clicking on the hand icon in your control bar.

There is also an option to take attendance of the attendees while at a meeting. Click on Show participants > Download attendee list to download file with details of the attendees like name, time of joining, and leaving the meeting.

May 27, 2020

10,000 Teammates and Other Capabilities

Team size is now increased to ten thousand and this is very good news for large enterprises.

The meeting option button on Teams allows you to configure meeting options better by opening a new tab in a web browser. All you need is to open the event and click on meeting options.

Bookings app in Microsoft Teams allows you to schedule virtual appointments easily.

You can double click a chat to open a pop-out window. This assures better multitasking within Teams environment.

June 5, 2020

Group Chat and Privacy Options Enhanced

Group chats can have up to 250 users now.

To assure better privacy for people joining a Teams meeting by dialing via phone, Teams do not show your number to participants who are from outside your organization.

June 9, 2020

Custom Backgrounds, and Offline Access

You can now access pinned chats, channels, and recent conversations while offline. Another great feature is the custom backgrounds. You can choose from a good choice of custom backgrounds to make video calling experience better.

June 15, 2020

Meeting Scheduling allowed for Free Version

In the free version of Microsoft Teams, you can now schedule meetings for a future date. Before this, you only had permission to do instant meetings. In the free version.

June 19, 2020

Safari Browser Meeting Experience Enhanced

You can now join meetings from the Safari browser in a Mac computer without using Audio Conferencing to dial into meetings. According to the latest enhancement, your device’s built-in mic and speakers will be used for talking and listening purposes.

June 26, 2020

Meeting and Meeting Chat Size Upgrades

Up to 300 people can now join a Microsoft Teams meeting and use the meeting chat.

You can also access notification settings by going to Activity > Settings.

July 2, 2020

Search in Chats and Channels

You can now search on a one-on-one chat or channel for anything you want to recall. Enter the chat or channel and press Ctrl+F and type the word you wish to find.

July 17, 2020

Sync Option for Files Tab

The Sync option in the files tab can be used to refresh the files and assure that you have the latest version of files available on Teams.

July 24, 2020

Channel Meetings Made Easier

You can now start a channel meeting by clicking on the Meet now option seen when you click on the Meet button.

To access channel information, you can simply click on the i icon at the top right. You will see details like:

  • About
  • List of members
  • People who have recently contributed to the channel

July 27, 2020

Meeting Options Improved

You can take control over your meetings by deciding who can bypass the lobby and who needs to wait in the meeting lobby. Go to Meeting options and choose Only me for the option Who can bypass the lobby?

From now if you are trying to join a meeting using a link, you will be presented with 3 options:

  • Download the Windows app
  • Continue on this browser
  • Open your Teams app

July 31, 2020

New Meeting and Calling Experiences

According to this update when you join a meeting or call through the desktop app, it will pop-out a new window. This allows you to keep navigating through the Teams platform without losing any screen space due to the on-going call.

August 21, 2020

Real-Time Status Updates

Real-Time status updates ensure that you will be able to know about everyone's statuses, event updates, and changes in teams faster, exactly when they occur.

September 4, 2020

SharePoint Lists, and Microsoft Whiteboard Feature Enhancements

You can now create lists in teams to do more. You can add a list to a channel by using Add a tab option or create a list from scratch or existing templates. Along with that, utilize the newest Microsoft whiteboard features like text objects and sticky notes during your meetings in Teams. This enhances collaboration.

September 11, 2020

Bigger New Conversation Button

In the latest update, Microsoft Teams introduced a new ‘New conversation’ button to channels which allows you to start a new conversation easily.

Stay tuned to know about any latest Microsoft Teams Updates...

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