Microsoft Teams gets an upgrade
Microsoft Teams is more popular than ever and showing no signs of slowing down. The service now has more than 270 million monthly active users. Microsoft is trying to grow Teams beyond its established business base by adding consumer features to the product. In doing so, Microsoft integrated a Teams Chat button into the Windows 11 taskbar in the hopes of getting more people to try Teams’ consumer capabilities. Furthermore, it also introduced a new standalone Teams Essentials SKU for small-and-midsize businesses.
A new update to Microsoft Teams will mean that you can soon get to see a lot more of your colleagues.
The Teams platform is working on an “Interactive Large Gallery” upgrade that will mean your calls will now include feeds from even more people than ever before. According to this blog post on the official Microsoft 365 roadmap, the update description notes that user will soon be able to view up to 49 video participants at once. As well as being able to see more participants, the update will also mean that users can interact with others via actions like pin and spotlight, and observe their meeting activity like raise hand and reactions. The update is still listed as being in development for now, but has a scheduled general availability date of September 2022, meaning users won’t have too long to wait. When available, the update will be available for Microsoft Teams users across desktop and web.
Overall, the latest upgrade from Microsoft Teams has been created to give users more tools to get the best out of the service they are using every day. This includes Together Mode
, launched in the summer of 2020, which brings all attendees into a shared virtual background, with the goal of “making it feel like you’re sitting in the same room with everyone else”.
The company also recently unveiled a series of new presenter modes designed to help Microsoft Teams users shape their presentation style to particular occasions, such as Standout Mode, which seats the presenter’s video feed in front of the slide deck, while Reporter Mode places content above the shoulder in the style of a news broadcast.
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