Posted on 02 Jun 2020

Given the massive increase in people working from home over the past three months, the number of companies using Microsoft Teams to keep their staff connected has also increased.

Microsoft Teams has faced stiff competition from other communication tools such as Zoom and as a result, they have been rolling out new features aimed at enhancing your experience when using Teams.


Viewing up to 9 participants


Virtual face to face conversations are the new normal for remote working, and now more than ever it’s important to feel connected with those you are meeting.


Microsoft have increased the number of participants who can be viewed simultaneously on the Teams meeting stage from 4 to 9.


This new experience optimises for attendees who have enabled video and places the remaining audio-only participants below the meeting stage. To provide a high audio and video quality experience, the layout will adapt, based on the user bandwidth and alter the number of videos shown to provide the best meeting experience. 


Raise Hands


Excuse me! The new “raise hands” feature in Teams allows meeting attendees to identify that they wish to speak, making it easier to actively participate in large meetings. Everyone will see a visual cue on the attendee—as well as in the participant list that prioritises who raised their hand first—and can give them the room to participate in the conversation at hand.


Background Effects


Keep the focus on you—not what’s behind you! We are building upon the heavily popular video background blur feature in Teams meetings with background effects. This new feature in Teams allows meetings attendees to customise their video background from a list of pre-selected images.


1:1 Call Recording


Now you can easily record your 1:1 calls in Teams just as you already can for meetings. Simply select the option to record and call participants will be notified on their screen that a recording has begun!



Pop out chats into separate windows


Users can now streamline their workflow and pop out chats into separate windows. This allows people to move more easily between ongoing conversations.


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