Check out these new features from Microsoft

You may remember our video in which we went through the changes Microsoft brought to Teams in the last year – they really made it simpler to work from home! Today we’d like to speak about the newest features from Microsoft that will make not only work from home, but also work from the office, much better.

Outlook Calendar Board

We are strong believers in customizable interfaces. This update to Outlook’s calendar adds a free-form view to the traditional grid view.

Now Available in Outlook on the Web.

Microsoft Teams Connect

With shared channels, users can add individuals to a single channel rather than to an entire team. Each shared channel will appear within a user’s primary Teams tenant alongside existing teams and channels, providing convenient access within their current flow of work.

Currently available in Private Preview, generally available later this year.

Microsoft PowerPoint Live

Presenters will now be able to lead meetings more confidently with notes, slides, meeting chat, and participants all in a single view. Meanwhile, attendees can personalize their experience by privately navigating the content at their own pace or using the screen reader to make content accessible.

PowerPoint Live is now available in Teams.

Presenter mode

Soon you will be able to customize how your video feed and content appear to the audience.

Coming soon.

Microsoft Teams Webinars

From now you’ll be able to organise interactive meetings and webinars for up to 1,000 attendees, as well as 20,000-person view-only broadcasts.

This feature will be available later this month.

Microsoft Teams Operator Connect

Operator Connect is an operator-managed service for bringing PSTN calling to Teams. Operator Connect makes it simple to bring your operator to Teams if they are participating in the program.

How it works:  When Operator Connect launches, Admins will be able to open the “Operators” tab in the Teams Admin Centre, where qualified operators will be listed.

Admins can then select their preferred operator and connect calling services, at which point they can acquire phone numbers from these operators and assign them to their users.

Public preview with the initial wave of partners involved will launch next quarter.

Voice-enabled channels

Voice-enabled channels allow you to turn any Teams channel into a team-based call queue, allowing for collaboration and information sharing before, during, and after the call.

Available from the end of March.

Microsoft Teams End-to-End Encryption

Teams will support end-to-end encryption (E2EE) for one-to-one Microsoft Teams calls, providing an additional option for conducting sensitive online conversations. IT will have full discretion over who can use E2EE in the organization.

Available to commercial customers in preview in the first half of this year.

Microsoft 365 Multi-Geo

Microsoft has announced that Microsoft 365 Multi-Geo will be extended to include Microsoft Teams, allowing organizations to specify where their Teams customer data is stored down to the team and end-user. This is a very important security feature for every organisation that uses Teams!

Arriving in Spring 2021.

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