Microsoft recently made a massive change to its team video collaboration service. Changes and improvements have been made both in properties and in cosmetics. These include meetings, calls, chat and collaboration, as well as the introduction of a new section called “Featured Application”.
The first big introduction in the “Meetings and Calls” section is live captioning with speaker assignment. This way you can see who is speaking with what is being said. As a moderator, you can also pin an individual video feed for all participants during the call. The pinned person is the main video that is shown to all participants. This feature is limited to PC, Mac, mobile phones, and Microsoft Teams on Windows. A moderator can also prevent others from unmuting during the meeting and allow some attendees to do so when they raise their hands. This is especially important for classrooms and digital conferences.
You also get Microsoft’s whiteboard read-only mode in Teams. You can even let others edit it. Meetings and call recordings can also be saved to your OneDrive for Business or SharePoint so that you can share them with others in the future.
If you want to know how many attendees were in the meeting, you can now download an attendee report from the meeting chat after the meeting. The company added new data to the report that will help you better manage your presence.
With the Spotlight support feature in Microsoft Teams Rooms, you (the meeting leader) can select a video stream as the projector for all participants. This will be the main video that will be shown to all attendees.
In the Chat & Collaboration area, you can now use Teams to pin any message to a channel. This will be displayed in the channel information area for all members of that channel. When you are offline, you can inform others by changing your status. And if you write different posts in different languages, it will make a spell check based on that language.
Along with a new file sharing experience and an updated SharePoint Pages application, the service can allow you to choose a template when creating a new team.
Microsoft is also rolling out a feature to make it more relevant for educational purposes. The company offers an anonymous rating. Here, student names are anonymized while grades and avatars are temporarily removed. In addition, the platform facilitates the visualization of pending and submitted tasks by class or in all classes.