Microsoft Teams adds new features to have a go at getting your loved ones to discard Zoom

Well longer than a year prior, right when the COVID-19 pandemic was beginning, Microsoft declared that it was rebranding Office 365 to Microsoft 365. That additionally accompanied new features, for example, another Microsoft Family Safety app and consumer features for Microsoft Teams.

Presently, those customer features in Teams are at last here, the Redmond firm declared today, in spite of the fact that they’re in reality free for everybody. Clearly, Microsoft Teams is a business-focused product, so shoppers that want to set up their own meetings have been left utilizing competitors like Zoom all through the pandemic.

One of the enormous new features that you’ll have the option to use in Teams is Together mode. It places you in a virtual environment. It’s intended to cause you to feel like you’re all chatting in a coffee shop, or for reasons unknown, at the bottom of the ocean, in light of one of the slides in that GIF.

There are additionally live emoji reactions and GIFs. Note that to join the call, you don’t really need to be a Teams client. Anybody can join using a native app or the browser.

Microsoft made it a highlight say that chats in Teams don’t end after the call is finished. This is a differentiator between it and Zoom. There’s a key difference between the two platforms. Zoom is a virtual meeting platform. Teams is a full cooperation platform, consolidating the efforts of Slack and Zoom into one giant product.

Alongside the calls features are new chat features. Actually like you can add a non-user to a call, you can add them to a group chat by utilizing their phone number. They’ll simply consider it to be a SMS message. When you start a group chat, you can have a shared to-do list, despite the fact that it’s not exactly clear how the non-Teams client can get to it.

You can do things like convert messages into tasks, and you can set up polls for when the group needs to decide something. An example is deciding where to have dinner.

There’s additionally a dashboard view, which is exactly what it seems like. You get a Chat tab and a Dashboard tab. You can discover the entirety of your links, lists, files, and more in that Dashboard tab, so you don’t need to look through an entire chat thread to discover them.

The new personal features in Teams are accessible today, and they’re free for everybody.


Microsoft Teams is receiving CarPlay support for calls

Microsoft has uncovered various features it’s bringing to Teams calls. It will before long offer CarPlay support, so you can place and answer Teams calls using Siri while you’re on the road. Microsoft didn’t state whether it would add a comparable function for Android Auto or Alexa-enabled cars.

Somewhere else, Microsoft has upgraded the call interface with a streamlined design (which it uncovered at its Ignite conference) that arranges your contacts, voicemail and call history into a single view. Different features incorporate an alternative to merge calls, upgraded turn around number lookup (for example caller display) and spam call detection.

Teams admins would now be able to change the default storage location for call recordings to OneDrive and SharePoint rather than Microsoft Stream, which could make it simpler to share recordings or transcripts. Another valuable feature is in transit right on time one year from now: you’ll have the option to transfer calls between your phone and your PC. That, alongside the CarPlay support, will prove to be useful when you need to move to another location while you’re on a call. A low-data mode will likewise show up in early 2021.


Microsoft Teams will introduce all the more breakout rooms and automated meeting recaps

Microsoft declared a huge number of updates for Microsoft Teams meetings at Ignite, including all the more Together Mode scenes, custom formats, breakout rooms and automated recaps. The greatest number of individuals who can go to a meeting is likewise extending to 1,000 members not long from now, while Microsoft will knock up the view-just ability to 20,000.

Together Mode, which Microsoft uncovered in July, brings meeting members into a common virtual space to make it “feel like you’re sitting in the same room with everyone else in the meeting or class.” in the not so distant future, more area alternatives will be accessible, including a theater, meeting room and coffeehouse. Likewise, Microsoft is utilizing its AI smarts to scale and position participants in their virtual seats for included authenticity.

Likewise in the not so distant future, moderators will have the option to tweak meeting formats. They may, for example, position their video feed on head of their PowerPoint deck for that Twitch decoration stylish.

Beginning one month from now, Microsoft will uphold breakout rooms, which will permit members to separate into littler meetings. Moderators will have the option to make declarations to those rooms, bounce between them or close them and pull all members back into the fundamental meeting room.

Any individual who’s ever been entrusted with taking meeting minutes realizes how dreary that can be, and Microsoft should make things somewhat simpler with mechanized recaps. Those will incorporate an account of the meeting, a record, talk and shared documents. The recaps will be accessible in Teams and from the meeting occasion in your Outlook schedule. They’ll likewise before long be put away in Microsoft 365 so you can impart them to people who were absent at the meeting.

There are different updates while in transit to Teams, including a smoothed out view for calls, improved hunt and an expansion in greatest group enrollment from 5,000 to 25,000.