July 21, 2022
Microsoft Teams meetings now allow users to view shared content
Microsoft Teams has released a number of new features for public preview users. The software giant has announced that with the Teams desktop app, meeting participants can now have shared content appear in a separate window.
According to Microsoft, the ability to make shared meeting content (such as PowerPoint Live, Whiteboard and screen sharing) stand out would be a welcome addition for those using a multi-monitor setup. These windows can be adjusted and moved as needed.
However, the new pop-outer experience in Microsoft Teams is supported on modern Windows and macOS devices with specific hardware capabilities. The company plans to bring this feature to more devices in the future. “Most modern devices with medium and high-end hardware support displaying content in a shared window during meetings,” the company explains.
How to make shared content stand out in Microsoft Teams meetings
To try out this feature, users must join a meeting as a presenter or participant from within the Microsoft Teams desktop apps (Windows or macOS). After the presenter has shared the content, click the Pop-out button available on the meeting toolbar.
Users can click the “X” button in the upper right corner to appear in the shared content window. Alternatively, it is also possible to click on the Reject button that appears after the presenter has finished sharing content.
Improvements in the usability of notifications during meetings
Microsoft Teams’ desktop app has also made usability improvements for notifications during meetings. As shown in the screenshot below, notifications now have a consistent design and appear at the top in the middle of the meeting stage.
Microsoft notes that this change applies to several notifications during meetings, such as hands raised, recording and transcription started, and the end of the meeting. Enhanced notifications during meetings should help users understand important information and reduce unnecessary distractions.
Currently, these new features are available in Teams in public preview, and this update is expected to be generally available in September. In case you missed it, the Microsoft Teams app for macOS is also getting support for Apple Silicon Macs.
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