According to Microsoft chief Satya Nadella, Microsoft Teams now has 115 million daily active users. Nadella shared the figures today during the company’s earnings call for the first quarter of 2021, noting that Teams’ growth has increased since more people started working primarily from home earlier this year. Microsoft Teams has experienced rapid growth over the past seven months. In March, the service had a total of about 44 million daily active users, up from 20 million in November 2019. That number quickly skyrocketed to 75 million daily active users in April.
Microsoft Teams continues to increase with the number of people you can watch at the same time during conversations and meetings. Microsoft Teams on Android now supports larger grid views in meetings and calls. The update was recently launched and supports 2×4 meetings on phones and 3×3 meetings on tablets. The same update also brings Cortana into Teams support. You can now download the update from the Google Play Store. People keep asking Microsoft to increase how many people can appear in a conversation or meeting at the same time. The latest update lets you see eight people on a phone at once and nine people on a tablet at once. On PCs, Microsoft Teams already supports a massive 7×7 grid with a view of 49 people.
One of the biggest selling points of Microsoft’s Surface Duo is the two-screen setup. With two screens, you can achieve much more and stay productive, just like on a Windows desktop. Today, Microsoft Teams is the app at the center of all that productivity. You need it to stay in touch with your work, for important meetings and more. But did you know that Teams is one of many Microsoft apps optimized for Surface Duo? In our latest guide, we’ll take a look at some of our favorite tips and tricks to get the most out of Microsoft Teams on your new Surface Duo.
Microsoft updated its flagship Teams product with new features every month, and over the weekend, microsoft teams’ marketing director teased some improvements designed specifically for the online classes. At the end of July, Microsoft confirmed that it plans to develop Zoom-like Breakout Rooms feature for Teams. Last month, Microsoft officially teased the support of Breakout Rooms at the Ignite 2020 conference and now the company has posted another teaser of this long-awaited update. Brainstorming Rooms is a feature designed specifically to help more than 150 million students and institutional leaders use Microsoft Teams. With brainstorming rooms, Microsoft says teachers or organizers can divide the classroom into small groups.
Office 365 for Mac apps will no longer be supported on macOS 10.13 High Sierra or older as of November 10, 2020. Microsoft announced the change to its Office 365 messaging center, and users of these older versions of macOS will no longer receive app updates and new features starting next month. “As of the Microsoft 365 for Mac November 2020 update, macOS 10.14 Mojave or later is required to receive updates to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote. If you continue with an older version of macOS, your Office apps will continue to work, but you won’t get any more updates, including security updates” explains the company.
Microsoft Teams now has a new file-sharing experience that is currently available in OneDrive, Outlook, and Office. According to the Microsoft 365 Admin Center, the feature is now being rolled out and should be widely available by the end of November. As a reminder, the new file sharing experience was initially announced in July 2020. The company began rolling out this feature in August before pausing to make some additional code changes. With the new file sharing experience, Microsoft Teams now allows users to create different sharing links while creating a private chat or starting a channel conversation.
The iOS version of the Microsoft Teams app was updated to version 2.0.24 today. This latest update has added several new features designed to improve productivity and convenience, highlighting new privacy settings for notifications, voice mail caller id, and new spelling suggestions.
A new Push-to-Talk experience from Microsoft Teams. As part of the Ignite 2020 conference, Microsoft has introduced a series of exciting new updates to the Microsoft Teams experience. Users can enjoy an updated Microsoft Teams Phones experience, complete with a convenient user interface that fits their schedule. There are also several updates for calling and chatting with Microsoft Teams. One of the interesting newcomers to appear in the Microsoft portfolio this season is the Walkie Talkie app. This handy push-to-talk application provides access to direct communication for the entire team. The app is now available in Android and allows users to communicate quickly and effectively with their teams through the channels in which they are members.
In August, we reported that Microsoft is working on a simplified notification experience that makes it easy for users to configure and customize their notification settings. The revamped notification settings page has begun rolling out to users using the desktop and web version of Microsoft Teams, according to the Microsoft 365 Roadmap. The newly designed notification settings section offers many customization options, such as email, sound, teams and channel, chat, meetings, people, and others. Interestingly enough, one of the main highlights of this release is the new Teams and Channel section. Allows users to choose from two teams and channel notifications presets, including “All Activities” and “Mentions and Replies.”
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