Announcing Forms polls in Microsoft Teams meetings

Announcing Forms polls in Microsoft Teams meetings

Microsoft will be adding the ability for any presenter to initiate a poll using Microsoft Forms while being in a Teams meeting. Before the meeting starts, the presenter will be able to create draft polls ready to launch in the meeting. During the meeting, the presenter can create and launch polls that any attendee can view and answer. All attendees will have the ability to see the results in real time and attendees can respond to the poll after the…

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Microsoft Teams public preview for end users

Microsoft Teams public preview for end users

Microsoft are launching a public preview program that will allow Microsoft Teams administrators to enable early access to unreleased features in Teams for users in their tenant. This means administrators will be able to give users access to new features within Microsoft Teams before they are on general release. This is great for internal teams who want to see what’s new before all users do across an organisation, or if like me, you would like to evaluate the features before…

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End of Microsoft Teams meeting notification

End of Microsoft Teams meeting notification

Microsoft are adding a nifty little feature to the Microsoft Teams meeting experience that notifies attendees the scheduled meeting is due to end soon. Participants will see a notification banner at the top of the meeting screen, which will signal there is 5 minutes left in the meeting. This banner will appear on screen for 10 seconds and will disappear without any user action. This will help keep participants on task and will clearly alert people that the meeting is…

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Meeting chat moderation in Microsoft Teams

Meeting chat moderation in Microsoft Teams

On the 15th October, Microsoft announced they will be updating the Microsoft Teams meeting options to allow an organiser to manager participants ability to chat prior to, during and after a meeting. Once this update becomes available, meeting organisers will be able to go into the meeting options and set the “Allow meeting chat” setting to On, Off and During the meeting only. For me, I love the ability to chat prior, during and post meeting with attendees, it stops…

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Improvements to Teams Meeting Notes

Improvements to Teams Meeting Notes

Microsoft are now rolling out a few improvements to the Teams Meeting Notes feature. If you have used meeting notes previously, you may have discovered a few restrictions when trying to use them. Previously there was a 20 person limit, if the meeting had more then 20 people attending, the Meeting Notes feature wouldn’t be available. If an attendee joined a meeting late and the notes had already been created, then that attendee wouldn’t be able to access the notes….

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New Microsoft Teams meeting pre-join experience

New Microsoft Teams meeting pre-join experience

Back in August this year, Microsoft announced they would be making improvements to the Microsoft Teams pre-join meeting experience. This update was due to be rolled out to all users before October but there has been a little delay on this. The update is now being rolled out and will hopefully be with all users by the end of November. More info can be found on the Microsoft Roadmap. What is the update? The new pre-join experience retains the video…

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Set duration on presence status in Microsoft Teams

Set duration on presence status in Microsoft Teams

A new feature is due to be released in Microsoft Teams, which will allow users to set a duration on their presence status. Users will be able to define how long they want their presence state to remain active for. This will really help with having your status set to do not disturb for a set amount of time, allowing you to keep on task and then after the set time, your status will automatically change to available. When will…

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What’s New in Microsoft Teams | June 2020

What’s New in Microsoft Teams | June 2020

Microsoft announced what’s new in Microsoft Teams this week, here are my top picks. What’s New: Large gallery view Being able to see all of your colleagues’ faces at the same time makes a big difference in engagement and connection. Coming to preview this month with general availability coming soon, large gallery view expands the Teams grid view to 7×7, which will accommodate up to 49 participants at once on a single screen. Virtual Breakout Rooms Announced earlier this month, Breakout Rooms…

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Learning App in Microsoft Teams

Learning App in Microsoft Teams

Yesterday, 30th June 2020, Microsoft announced they will be launching a learning app in MS Teams later this year. This is HUGE news for organisations and educational institutions who are looking at the adoption of Microsoft Teams or who want to upskill themselves. The full details of the learning app haven’t been released yet, but President Brad Smith announced it will link content from Microsoft Learn, LinkedIn Learning, customers own content and other providers. The learning will be accessible from…

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Custom Backgrounds in Teams Meetings

Custom Backgrounds in Teams Meetings

Recently, Microsoft released the feature to add background effects when using video during Microsoft Teams meetings. This gave the ability to change backgrounds so we could be on a sunny beach, in Minecraft or maybe in a room with plain walls. Articles were written on how to add your own custom images. This consisted of going into your profile files on your device and copying images to the Microsoft Teams app folder. Yesterday I noticed a +New button when I…

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