Within recent weeks and months, Microsoft have released numerous great updates and features that we thought may be worth sharing with you to enhance your Teams experience.

Raise your hand in a meeting

Let people know you have something to say with the new raise hand feature in Teams. While in a meeting, select the Raise your hand in your control bar. This will place a gold hand icon on your video feed to let the rest of the attendees know that you’d like to speak.

Roll call

Meeting organisers can now take attendance during a meeting. To get your attendance report, select Show participants icon  > Download attendee list. The report will download a CVS file that can be opened in Excel. This file will contain the name, join time, and leave time of meeting attendees.

Meetings are 3×3

Teams is rolling out its enabling of up to nine video streams at a time in meetings. This will gradually roll out to everyone, so keep an eye out for the 3×3 video grid in your upcoming Teams meetings.

Channel analytics

Channel metrics are now included in team analytics. Along with this addition comes new metrics like a running tally of posts and replies for each team and channel.

From your teams list, go to the team and select More options > Manage team > Analytics.

Add system audio to live events

Just like in a regular meetings, you can now include your system audio when presenting in a live event. Currently, this feature is only available for presenters and producers joining from the Teams desktop app for Windows.

Let attendees who dial in bypass the meeting lobby

Allow callers to instantly join your next Teams meeting without having to wait in the lobby. That way you won’t have to stop in the middle of a meeting to let attendees in.

To access this setting, select Meeting options and switch the toggle to Yes for Always let callers bypass the lobby?

Announce when callers join a meeting

Meeting organisers now have the option to announce when callers join or leave a Teams meeting, so you always know who is in your online meeting. To access, select Meeting options and switch the toggle on for Announce when callers join or leave.

End the meeting for everyone

Meeting organisers now have the option to end your meetings for all participants. If you’re a teacher, for example, this is a great way to make sure your students don’t hang around in your virtual classroom after you’ve left.  To end an in-progress meeting, go to your meeting controls and select More options  More options icon   > End meeting.  You’ll be asked to confirm. When you do, the meeting will end for everyone right away.

Improvements to the Teams calendar

Right-click an item in your calendar to pull up RSVP options, start a chat with meeting participants, or quickly join a meeting when it starts.

Work offline in the Windows desktop app

Read and create message, even when internet is slow or goes out completely. Pinned chats and channels, along with previously viewed channels will also be available while offline.




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