Microsoft Teams, the instant message and team collaboration tool used by millions of enterprises around the world (Including us) has received some fantastic quality of life updates and features which aims to ‘Enhance collaboration and business processes for all workers’
What’s New in #MicrosoftTeams | #MSIgnite 2019 https://t.co/RPBvzsGihr
-So much more! pic.twitter.com/V9Eed9Vdpu
— Microsoft Teams (@MicrosoftTeams) November 4, 2019
Teams has released more than 30 new updates, in this blog we’ve outlined the top changes we think will be interesting for our clients. If you’d like to see all over the content updates, see their official press release.
Multi Window Chat
Outlook Integration with Teams
Tasks in teams
Advisor for Teams
Private channels enable users to create channels within existing teams that can be viewed and accessed by only select members of that team. Users can create a private channel by selecting “Private” under the privacy settings of the new channel.
Multiwindow capability provides users the option to pop out chats, meetings, calls or documents into separate windows to help you streamline their workflow. Multiwindow capabilities will start rolling out early next year.
New messaging extensions including Polls and Surveys will be available in Teams chat and channel conversations. Click on “…” at the bottom of the message compose box in a chat or channel to access these extensions and solicit instant feedback on shared items or questions. These will start rolling out later this year.
Pinned Channels allows users to keep important channels at the top of your teams list for easy access. This capability will be available later this year.
New integration between Outlook and Teams makes it easy to collaborate no matter where the conversation is taking place. The user can move an email conversation from Outlook, including attachments, into a Teams chat or channel conversation by clicking on the ‘’Share to Teams’’ in Outlook. They can also share a conversation from Teams to an Outlook email by clicking on the more options (‘’…’’) icon in a conversation. This will start rolling out early next year.
Tasks in Teams gives you a new unified view of your personal and assigned tasks within Teams. It consolidates your tasks across Microsoft To Do, Teams channels, Planner and Outlook. Users have smart views including tasks assigned to you, the priority as well as start or due date. Users can choose the view that works the best for them – list, boards, charts, schedules – to get things done. It will be available to users early next year.
Microsoft Whiteboard is now generally available in Teams Meetings via the share tray. This gives teams an infinite digital canvas for meeting participants to ideate and collaborate whether they are in the same room or working remotely.
Advisor for Teams assists IT admins in planning a successful Teams deployment for their organization, offering recommended plans and a collaboration space for the deployment team to streamline the roll out of all the Teams workloads, including messaging, meetings and calling workloads. This feature will be in public preview later this year.
Policy packages make it easier to assign policies and ensure your users have access to the Teams capabilities they need. IT Admins can assign a policy package, a collection of predefined policies and policy settings, to users who have similar roles in the organization. The first set of policies packages are available now and are designed for roles in the education space. We will continue to release more policy packages soon. Learn more here.
Safe Links in Microsoft Teams, powered by Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection, now safeguards Teams messages from harmful links in real time. When a web address (URL) is shared in a private chat or channel conversation, Teams will perform a time-of-click verification of web addresses and alert users of any risk such as malware or viruses.
As you can see there is a huge amount of content and productivity updates coming to teams very soon. If you’re looking to implement a product like teams into your business to help improve team communication and productivity then don’t hesitate to get in touch with us here at DHTS, as Silver Microsoft Silver Partners we have the knowledge and experience to implement teams as well as other Microsoft software into your business.