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July 13, 2022

You can now put all your favorite people together in Microsoft Teams

Your high school clichés may soon be part of workplace calls because of a new update coming to Microsoft Teams.

The videoconferencing platform makes an adjustment to Together mode that allows meeting organizers to assign specific seats to certain participants.

This means that teams of colleagues, friends or even just random groups can now be placed in specific areas during a Microsoft Teams call, hopefully making things a little neater and easier on the eyes.

You can’t sit with us

Unveiled in the summer of 2020 as a way to connect people separated by the first pandemic lockdowns Microsoft Teams Together mode sought to bring all attendees into a shared virtual background (with options such as a classroom or meeting room) in an effort to make it feel like you’re in the same soom with everyone.

In its entry on the official Microsoft 365 roadmap, the new update is still listed as in development, with an expected launch date of September 2022.

After the release, the company hopes to launch the feature for all Microsoft Teams users around the world on desktop and Mac.

The news is the latest update to the Together mode, as the company seeks to ensure that Microsoft Teams remains relevant and useful to its customers.

A recent update now means that meeting organizers have the option to enable Together mode for all participants in an effort to promote togetherness for those teams that may still be separated. Users can now also activate Together mode for Teams calls of any size, even one-on-one.

In 2021, Microsoft Teams also rolled out a series of new presentation modes designed to help Teams users adapt their presentation style to the occasion. For example, the striking mode places the presenter’s video feed in front of the slide deck, while the reporter mode places content above the shoulder in the style of a news broadcast.

Source: tech radar

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