A new take on the employee experience at Microsoft Ignite 2021
At the Microsoft Ignite 2021 digital event, Microsoft announced a fantastic range of exciting new features for Microsoft Teams, all dedicated to reshaping the employee experience in a hybrid workspace.
With secure communication at the top of the agenda, these Teams innovations are designed to deliver enhanced presentations and powerful meeting experiences for a world of working from anywhere.
Let’s see what these new features of Microsoft Teams are.
Bring virtual meetings to life
Dynamic View automatically arranges meeting elements on the screen when people join, turn on video, start speaking, or start presenting in a Microsoft Teams meeting, to provide an optimal viewing experience.
And with the new View Switcher, you can control how you see the content of the meeting, such as placing video feeds at the top of your meeting window, making it easier for you to have a more natural look at others or even hide all video feeds from distractions and draw full attention to the content of the shared meeting.
You’re now making your videos and presentations really impressive with the funky new Presentation mode. Presenters can display video feed as a silhouette for the shared content and even place content above your shoulder as a visual tool – just like a news reporter – to give your presentations a real professional look.
With the release of Microsoft PowerPoint Live in Microsoft Teams, presenters can now confidently lead meetings with access to notes, slides, chat conversations, and attendees, all in a single view. Participants can also navigate the content privately at their own pace or using the screen reader.
Microsoft Teams will soon support interactive webinars for up to 1,000 attendees, including comprehensive presentation options, live reactions, and moderation checks for chat, audio, and video. With a customizable registration process and automatic email confirmation, you can provide all guests with a smooth visitor management and registration experience. Combined with the new visitor reporting capabilities that will appear later this quarter, you can create custom reports to measure the success of an event.
This month, broadcasts for 10,000 people will also be available, with teams able to scale seamlessly to allow a 10,000-person broadcast.
Other announcements include the new integration of Teams events with Microsoft Dynamics 365 Marketing to provide a robust visitor management process to effectively feed visitors before, during, and after an event.
Improved chat and collaboration
We’ll also see the introduction of Microsoft Teams Connect, an accessible, shared workspace for both internal and external contacts where anyone can chat, meet, call, share, and co-author documents in real time. Administrators get access to detailed controls, which keeps their organization in control of how remote users access data and information.
The Teams mobile app gets a new look, with new headers, icons and style, along with some additional updates, including the ability to open Teams files offline, a new search experience, and the ability to pin chats to provide an enhanced mobile phone experience on Teams. These features come to iOS first, followed by Android.
Security, compliance and privacy
As more of us work remotely, secure communication and compliance are paramount. Microsoft Teams will soon support end-to-end encryption (E2EE) for ad hoc 1-to-1 Teams VoIP calls, providing an additional option for making sensitive online calls. To help customers meet data residency requirements, Microsoft 365 Multi-Geo will be expanded with Microsoft Teams this spring, allowing organizations to specify where their Teams customer data is stored, right down to the team and end user.
This year, team administrators will be able to view and evaluate security, compliance, and data privacy details for apps that come from Microsoft Cloud App Security. This helps team administrators save time on security reviews and enable more targeted, selection-based security specifications, resulting in better app quality.
Last month, Microsoft enabled guest access by default to simplify an inclusive meeting experience. This month, Microsoft is adding scheduled access reviews for guests across all teams and groups by default. The system automatically schedules periodic guest access reviews within Teams to streamline the experience of managing guest users and provide better identity security.
Devices & display developments
With the ability to clearly see all participants while sharing meeting content, the new gallery views in a team space are designed to make everyone feel like they belong and provide a better meeting experience for attendees.
Other new Teams view features include the ability to change your background, express live reactions, and show applause, humor, appreciation, and other emotions. You can now even ask Cortana questions like “What time and what time is it in New York?” using speech in the Lenovo Thinksmart View.
And by using intelligent speakers for Microsoft Teams rooms, you identify and distinguish the voices of up to 10 people who talk in a Microsoft Teams room so participants can use the transcript to track or capture actions.
We all work differently, and these innovative new features and capabilities from Microsoft Teams are ready to address these new ways of working.