We still remember the Fall of last year – Satya Nadella’s key note announcing the integration of Skype for Business into Microsoft Teams. It caused quite the stir and was the reason for a lot of excitement across the industry. Since then, Microsoft has been continually tweaking Teams and upgrading the chat, messaging, and meeting functions. Only a few days ago, Microsoft also released the latest road map for Teams. Below you will find all the new features at a glance, as well as, the adjusted time-frame for the planned integration of Skype for Business Online.
To aid you through the maze of updates and new features , here is an overview of the most important innovations:
New chat features
- Simply mark chats with a “like” – it is now possible to like individual messages in the conversation tab
- Hide chats – you can easily organize and remove chats that you no longer need from your list. But don’t worry, all conversations are stored in your conversation history.
- Active linking – link important content either directly to your conversation via the appropriate help panel or using the shortcut Ctrl + K
New calling functionalities
Microsoft has retrofitted Teams for chat, but going forward has also created a calling plan for customers to more easily plan for meetings and calls.
Teams will support all key calling functions. A “Call” tab in the left menu bar will take you to your call overview, your contacts and your voicemails. With that, you will also be able to:
- Make calls outside of Teams and Skype for Business
- Hold, resume and forward calls from people inside and outside of Teams
- Use other functions such as caller ID masking, extension dialing, multi-call handling, simultaneous ringing, and text telephone (TTY) support
But if that’s not enough, Microsoft has also applied these changes:
- If you have a Skype for Business audio conference license, you can now transfer a current meeting to your phone
- Attend a meeting via audio conferencing
- Join a team meeting through your browser or initiate a call in Edge and Chrome.
- Invite meeting participants outside of your organization to your team meetings (via “Anonymous Join”)
- Use the lobby support for your team meetings
- Share your screen or request a screen transfer
- Proactively mute meeting participants
- Only share certain applications of your screen
A detailed description of all the updates can be found here.
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