New developments within Microsoft Teams
Posted by Chris Wheeler on 13/10 at 10:00 AM Cloud hosted telephone systems, Microsoft Teams,
New developments within Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Ignite, the tech giant’s annual gathering of technology leaders and practitioners, has come and gone for another year with more insights and updates on the improvements and additions that have been made to help people work smarter no matter where they are and what device they’re using.

In our industry, there is a huge focus on Teams, so we thought we would bring you some of the key announcements generated from Microsoft’s event:

Meeting recordings stored in OneDrive for Business and SharePoint Online
Teams’ current native audio and video recordings are saved to Stream, which is Microsoft’s own corporate YouTube type platform. From here, users can choose to download or share content with colleagues or contacts. To enable more functions, permissions/sharing and governance, it makes more sense to enable storage directly into OneDrive/SharePoint Online. We are expecting to see this change towards an opt-in service by the end of the year.

Custom content layouts
We have started to see ‘together mode’ which takes an outline of all video participants and moves them onto a layout like an auditorium or a table to create the feeling of a real-life meeting room. Microsoft has also been working on the video presentation to further incorporate viewing the presenter, as well as the content. Imagine a weather reporter setup where you can see the presentation and the cut out of the presenter at the same time. This is great for better engagement and output.

Teams meeting recaps

Auto-generated meeting summaries with recordings, transcripts and files will be shared in the Chat tab and available to view before any future follow-on meetings. A link to the recap will also be available in the Outlook calendar event. This is a great function when you need a quick overview of any meetings you may have missed for whatever reason.

Webinar registration and contact collection
This is a hot topic. Where other solutions like GoToWebinar and Zoom have been strong in the webinar field, Microsoft is looking to improve their facilities by becoming a feature-rich webinar platform with event registration, automated emails and a detailed reporting dashboard that will help understand attendee engagement.

Calling improvements
We are being shown a much-improved calling experience within Teams that will show contacts, voicemail, calling history and device information.

At swcomms, we have been massively successful with our Teams deployments, not just for unified communications and virtual/online meetings, but for creating full featured telephony solutions for our customers. We have also been instrumental in ensuring our clients are skilled, enabled and confident in using the software and provide bespoke training sessions and business class support to ensure complete satisfaction.

For more information on Teams or Microsoft 365, please call us on 0800 054 6789 or by emailing teams@swcomms.co.uk.

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Chris Wheeler on 13/10/2020

A man with a passion for all things Microsoft, Chris has joined our team to provide exceptional levels of service in the cloud space and licensing projects.

Primarily Office 365 focussed, Chris comes with a wealth of knowledge and has worked with a number of large businesses on their cloud journey and software asset management lifecycle. If anyone needs advice or awareness about anything Microsoft related, Chris is the guy to speak to.

Chris is currently focussing on completing his BSc in computing & IT part time, and along with playing football at the weekend and learning Polish he says “It’s so good to get back to work on a Monday!”

Contact: chris.wheeler@swcomms.co.uk

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