Microsoft Teams regularly receives new features and updates, which makes sense for it to be one of the most widely used online communication and collaboration tools available. At the end of every month, Microsoft publishes a detailed changelog of all the new capabilities added to Teams and now, it has done the same for January 2023.
Starting with the Meetings addition, we have a pagination view for videos. This basically means that if your screen is not large enough to display the video streams of all meeting attendees, you can use Pages to view other attendees. Additionally, teachers and students can access meeting recordings directly within their learning management system (LMS). On the other hand, enterprise users can stream team meetings and webinars directly to Meta Workplace Live. Dedicated buttons have also been added to the toolbar to change hand-up and view modes.
On the webinars front, there’s a better management experience with more customization options like details, presenter bios, themes and more. In terms of calling upgrades, we have federated group calling with screen and video sharing capabilities without PSTN usage charges.
Shifting gears in improving Teams Rooms and devices, whiteboarding in Teams meetings can be launched through Teams Rooms on a Windows device. Meeting chats can be shown or hidden in different gallery modes and the notification experience has also been improved. Since we’re talking about Thames devices, it’s worth mentioning that the Poly CCX350 IP Deskphone is now Thames-certified.
In terms of improvements to chat and collaboration features, team searches for additional context can result in full chat conversations being viewed when clicking on a message.
On the administrative side of the fence, developers can now access events in user-to-bot chats. Additionally, files uploaded through the Power Automate portal will appear in approval requests within Teams. Teams admins can also leverage Intune to control how much content is shown in notifications on company-managed phone screens.
Finally, we have some improvements for frontline workers and government users. For a first, shared devices can now use Outlook and Power apps on Android with Teams. Meanwhile, government users can use it. The following functions:
- The Teams Calendar now includes scheduling form pop-outs for GCC-High and DoD.
- View attendance reports on Microsoft Teams for Android and iOS for Government Clouds
- Express yourself (using emoji) in a Teams for DoD meeting.
- Disable or enable all attendee video for DoD.
- Automatically view up to 49 videos (7×7) in teams meeting for GCC-High and DoD
- Manage attendee audio permissions for DoD.
As usual, it’s a pretty hefty change overall. We already have a good idea of what Microsoft is planning for March but it will be interesting to see what we get next month as well.