Microsoft Teams gets new features and improvements on desktop and mobile. For desktop users, Microsoft is introducing a new feature that will improve the existing “Together Mode”. On the other hand, mobile users will be given a new low-data usage mode that will optimize the transfer of network data in video calls.
In an update to the roadmap, Microsoft recently confirmed that it is working on a new ‘View Switcher’ for the top bar of Teams. This allows users to change the way content is displayed on the screen when they switch between Together, Focus, Gallery top, and Full Screen modes.
Together mode allows you to place participants on top of a shared background, and it’s good for a brainstorm or roundtable discussion, but there’s a catch: users can’t easily present the content.
Microsoft Teams Together mode
As seen in the screenshot above, Microsoft is testing a split layout where the presentation appears on the left side of the app and the participants on the right.
Microsoft Teams update reduces bandwidth usage
On Android and iOS, there will be a new update that optimizes your network usage when you make video calls. According to the Admin Center portal, the new bandwidth saver mode should be generally available in the Microsoft Teams app for Android and iOS by mid-March.
The new low data mode would be optional and users should be able to enable it in the Settings. If the feature is enabled, Microsoft will try to reduce the usage of Internet data while still providing the “best quality experience”.
The impact of low data usage mode depends on the number of video meeting participants, the performance of your Internet connection, and when your data connection is limited to 500 kbps on average.