Microsoft Teams | December 2018 updates

Ross MacKenzie
Categories: Cloud Transformation Optimise your Infrastructure Product Updates
Tags: Microsoft Teams
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The latest evolution of the Microsoft Teams hub, which combines workplace meetings, notes, chats and attachments, brings us new voice and management capabilities including a feature for employees to share their location with colleagues, and another which helps managers motivate through real-time appreciation.

Location sharing

This new feature lets you share your precise location with people who have the authority to see it. And it integrates perfectly with a smartphone or tablet camera. If an employee needs to quickly let their colleagues know where they are currently working, the feature automates a task that might have otherwise involved sending numerous messages or creating a group chat.

Motivate with real-time appreciation

This tool could be a micro-management and motivational game-changer. Leaders connected to Teams can now send congratulatory messages and achievement badges to frontline workers with the accolades being visible to the whole team. It’s a digital, and highly flexible 'Employee Of The Month' type facility which allows managers to show instant appreciation.

Better-organised and more effective communication

Did you know that Teams users can record voice messages while sharing a location? It’s a great feature for sharing a location when it’s difficult to actually type it out. Conversations can be neatly organised in one window, and features have now been added to customise the layout of the integrated navigation menu.

Other new voice-based Teams features:

  • Group call pick up – So you can create a tailored group of co-workers who can answer your calls
  • Shared line appearance – Lets you nominate someone to take a phone call for you
  • Call park – This makes it easier to connect callers who can’t easily be reached and helps targeted users retrieve calls via a Microsoft Teams client

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