Microsoft Teams – many enhancements announced.

August 9th, 2022 by Stephen Jones Leave a reply »

Mac devices now have a versions of Teams that is designed to support all of Apple’s Mac devices.

We are rolling out a production grade universal binary version of Teams, which means it will run natively on the entire Mac lineup, including those with Apple silicon. For Mac users, this means a significant boost in performance, ensuring efficient use of device resources and an optimized Teams experience even when using multiple high-resolution monitors during calls or meetings.

Mac devices will be “automatically upgraded” to it. Microsoft plans a gradual rollout, with the “general availability” commercial release expected “over the coming months.”

Teams Chat Embedded in Dynamics 365
Teams chat embedded in Microsoft Dynamics 365, Microsoft’s enterprise resource planning solution, is at the preview stage and is scheduled to reach general availability in September https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/microsoft-teams-blog/boost-productivity-with-microsoft-teams-chat-in-dynamics-365/ba-p/3584286

Users c can use records in Dynamics 365 to start a chat. Sales teams will see all “connected chats” related to a customer record. A use case is when a sales rep leaves an organization and others need to know what happened with an account.

To turn on this connected chat feature https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dynamics365/teams-integration/enable-teams-chat

When connected chats are used to share Dynamics 365 records information with another person, “the recipient doesn’t need a Dynamics 365 license to collaborate,” the announcement clarified.

Other Teams Enhancements
Microsoft also described Teams other enhancements.

Admins can “clean up individual policy assignments from users in bulk,” with an “Unassign Policies” feature added to the Teams Admin Center portal under the “Manage Users” tab. , Teams users will then “inherit the correct policy either via a group policy assignment or global organization-wide default.”

For organizations using Teams with “frontline workers,” Admins can now “deploy up to 500 teams with 25 users per team using one PowerShell command.” Similarly its also possible to remove members. This capability is in preview.

Microsoft added a Device Test capability for Teams appointments, which will “validate camera, microphone, and browser compatibility, as well as the internet connection at any moment before the scheduled appointment start time.”

The Forms app in Teams is replaced by a new Polls app, available from the Teams app store. It has many user interface improvements, such as t a new “Rating” feedback poll.

LinkedIn profiles are now integrated with Teams, and users can view these from “Teams chat, channels, calls or meetings.

Microsoft added the ability to message team owners in Teams via a @Team Owners” addition.

Microsoft suggested that Teams on iPad devices is “now more responsive to screen size, app orientation, and display modes.”

Microsoft added the ability for users to hide or to remove a call from their call history list when using the Teams desktop or mobile app.

Microsoft enhanced a Common Area Phone offering “to serve a wider variety of scenarios for customers without increasing the price.”

Microsoft added improvements for Teams Room devices, including a “Manage” button for checking out rooms or extending reservations.

Teams calling functionality was also added for certain models of Spectralink Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications (DECT) devices.

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