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Microsoft Teams – Features for Summer/Autumn 2021
Microsoft Teams has cemented itself as one of the most useful pieces of software for teams working remotely or in a hybrid environment, or even in some situations for teams working in an office-based environment, in order to help them collaborate and share.


Teams will be in active development for the foreseeable future, and Microsoft’s development team are not slowing down on the new features. As always, there are some changes which are simply convenient, useful adjustments, and others which enhance the software’s core functionality – we’ll be detailing a few of the more recent ones here.



Reporter and Side-By-Side Mode

Useful for anyone who regularly has to present other content such as videos or presentations, these two modes place the content either over the Presenter’s shoulder as you’d see in a news report, or display the Presenter’s video and their shared screen or presentation side by side. These options make it easier to help to keep people focused on you and your presentation.


Lower All Raised Hands

If a section of the meeting has passed and all questions have been answered, it is now possible for meeting organisers to lower all raised hands with a single click, rather than doing so for each individual participant.


Attendance Dashboard

Meeting organisers can now review the engagement of their meetings or webinars, featuring stats such as how many people registered and how many attended, and how long each participant was engaged with the meeting for. This information could potentially be useful for many, especially those who are running training meetings, webinars, or lectures via Teams, allowing them to evaluate their engagement and reach after each session.


Windows 10 Native Notifications

Those using Teams on Windows 10 can set their Teams notifications to use the native Windows 10 notification system – meaning that its notifications can be adjusted using Focus Assist mode, and view their notifications all in one place in the notification panel.


Together Mode for Creators and Developers

Creative Teams administrators and developers can now create their own layouts and scenes for Together mode. Create a Together Mode layout that is unique and specific to your organisation, and enhance the immersion of your participants!


Additional Languages and Speaker Attribution

For those with meetings held in a language that is not English, or those with multilingual teams, Teams can now transcribe and caption live into 27 additional languages – which can be helpful for those catching up, for those with hearing impairments, or for those with differing levels of language proficiency. Transcription also now attributes the comments made to the speaker who was making them, allowing for greater clarity when reviewing text only.


Need help with hardware or software to help keep your team organised and productive while working remotely? Need assistance moving back to an office-based environment, or implementing and managing a hybrid system? We can help! Give us a call on 0121 312 1500 or email us at info@geek-guru.co.uk
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