April was something of a big month for Microsoft Teams, with updates to its feature-rich interface both large and small. Quickly becoming the go-to collaboration platform for Microsoft Office 365 users, Microsoft Teams can be an invaluable tool for businesses who want their teams to stay engaged, connected and collaborative.
Ready to see what’s new? Here’s a summary of the latest and greatest feature updates for Microsoft Teams which launched in April 2019.
Microsoft Teams on the Surface Hub is now even better
When it comes to collaborative hardware for the workplace, the Surface Hub smart whiteboard is a popular choice – and for good reason. The platform’s native integration with Microsoft Teams makes the tool even more powerful, especially for remote meetings with multiple participants. So, what’s new with Microsoft Teams on the Surface Hub?
Microsoft Whiteboard support has been added in commercial preview, giving meeting participants the ability to collaboratively share a digital whiteboard space in real-time – regardless of the device they’re using. Team members on the desktop app, website, or the Surface Hub can now all scribble, draw, or sketch to their heart’s content and share their ideas instantly on-screen with their colleagues.
Camera motion and face detection has been improved so that the Surface Hub’s cameras will now automatically switch focus to the person who’s talking.
Show your team some appreciation with "Praise"
If you’re a fan of heaping praise on to colleagues when they’re doing things right, then you’ll love this update. With the all-new “Praise” feature, users can send each other colourful digital badges along with a customised message of encouragement or appreciation.
Each badge is available in a range of designs and receiving one is sure to crack a smile from even the most jaded of teammates. These motivational Praise badges can be sent either via private message or in team channels to share the good news.
Something for IT admins with the PowerShell Module
Here’s something new for the more technically minded: Microsoft Teams now supports the PowerShell module. Previously available in beta last year, this feature is now in general availability and gives IT admins the ability to quickly manage the life-cycle of teams within the platform. This includes managing members or making changes to team settings at the admin level.
Microsoft Teams trial experiences now available to all
April also marked the launch of the Microsoft Teams Commercial Cloud Trial – a fully featured version of Microsoft Teams available to try for an entire year for anyone in your organisation. This means that any business with an AAD Commercial domain, or an Office 365 subscription without access to Microsoft Teams, can still give the platform a try with no strings attached. If they like it, upgrading to the full licence is a breeze.
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