Your monthly update on the new features in Teams is here again. Read on to see what’s new and coming later this year.
What’s New: Chat & Collaboration
Use priority notifications to make sure your most critical messages are addressed
Imagine a critical, time-sensitive situation at work—from needing a hospital patient’s medical history, to needing a quick price check on an item in the warehouse. With priority notifications, you can send someone an urgent message on their mobile and desktop devices. This means that the recipient will be notified of the message every two minutes for up to 20 minutes, so you are more likely to get the response you need, quickly.
For a limited time, unlimited priority notifications in Microsoft Teams will be made available for all customers. This promotion will run from July 2019 to December 31, 2019. During this time, all Teams users will be able to send unlimited priority notifications. Find more information about licensing here, and more information about managing users’ messaging policies here.
Get someone’s attention with @-less mentions
Hey you! Sometimes we need to call out our teammates by name, to alert them to important information, to ask them a question, or to give them recognition. Now you can simply start typing a person’s name (starting with a capital letter) and select the right contact form the list of suggestions to tag them by name. They will receive a notification, which they can click to go directly to the point in the conversation where they were mentioned.
Keep conversations focused with channel moderation
Channel moderation gives team owners and members who have been added as moderators, exclusive rights to create new posts in the channel and control whether team members can reply. This is a great resource for when you need to ensure that conversations in a certain channel stay focused and on topic. Learn more here.
What’s New: Meetings, Calling, & Live events
Use live captions to give subtitles to your Microsoft Teams live events and meetings
When hosting a meeting or event in Microsoft Teams, it is important to consider how all your audience members or participants will be consuming it. Now in preview, live captions & subtitles allow attendees to read speaker captions in real-time—helping to improve the accessibility and effectiveness of meetings (private preview) and live events (public preview). This is a game-changing feature for those who are deaf or hard of hearing, have different levels of language proficiency, or are connecting from a loud location.
Captions and subtitles in live events support more than 50 languages, so participants can easily select the one that optimizes their experience. Today in private preview, meetings support live captions in English, with more languages coming soon!
Learn more here.
Discover usage trends with live events usage reports
Easy access to data and reporting makes it much easier to optimize for future events. Now, admins can easily identify trends across the organization including usage information, event status, views, and who in your organization schedules, presents and produces live events. Learn more here.
Updates to Microsoft Teams Rooms to make your meetings experiences even better
In the month of July, the Microsoft Teams Room (MTR) app update 188.8.131.52 was rolled out via the Windows store. This app update included various client and service features for Microsoft Teams Rooms devices. This included a rebrand of the app from “Skype Room System V2” to “Microsoft Teams Room”, UI updates that make the Microsoft Teams Room app experience more similar to using your desktop and mobile clients, updated themes and imagery to the front of room displays, the addition of meeting controls on the MTR device, and the ability to rate call quality on the MTR device.
There was also the highly anticipated update that allows the use of Microsoft Whiteboard in Microsoft Teams Rooms. This means that when your room has a touch enabled device, you can have real-time whiteboarding sessions with remote participants!
Learn more about the Microsoft Whiteboard and the rest of the Microsoft Teams Rooms updates here.