In these unusual times, remote working has become more important than ever before. Microsoft Teams really comes into its own as the optimal solution for keeping employees connected and engaged as they work from home. And Microsoft Teams has just celebrated its third birthday, bringing with it a host of new features were added to further enhance and optimise this powerful digital workforce solution. Below are some of the latest updates as well as a look at what is coming soon.
Meetings: latest updates
Background blur announced
This new feature will keep the user in focus and blur out the background. It's already been available on desktop devices, and it will soon be arriving on iPhones and iPads.
Consistent high audio quality
Now, even with a poor WiFi or mobile data connection, high data packet loss will not diminish the audio experience, thanks to algorithmic improvements.
Bookings app for conducting virtual interviews
With Bookings, you can schedule and conduct appointments with external participants. Think client meetings, job interviews, healthcare appointments, financial consultations and more.
Meetings: coming soon
Background noise reduction in Teams meetings: Ambient noise can be an unwelcome distraction in Teams meetings. The new real-time noise suppression will automatically remove it thanks to advanced AI algorithms.
Raise your hand: A new 'raise hands' feature in Teams will allow attendees ad meetings to indicate when they wish to speak by giving a visual cue to all attendees.
New Sating codec: A new update to help deliver crystal-clear wideband audio with as little as 7 kbps for the best possible experience.
Chat: latest updates
- Teams Chats can be popped out into multiple windows to help streamline workflow.
- Access Teams without internet, or in low-performance settings.
- Add up to 10,000 users to a single team
- Group chats can include up to 250 members
- Interoperability for Teams and Skye Consumer chat
Calling: latest updates
Microsoft 365 Business Voice
This popular feature enables SMEs to make and receive phone calls from Teams and has been available to UK and Canada users since November 2019. From 1st April, users in the US will get access as well. To find out more about Business Voice, click here.
SMB users of Microsoft 365 or Microsoft Office 365 have lots to be excited about in the coming months. This new batch of updates addresses a number of needs in these trying times when many companies are relying on digital workforce solutions to keep operating.