Microsoft Teams innovations for Hybrid Working

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As much of the world has shifted to a hybrid work model over the past 15 months, it's clear that we are living through a pivotal moment that amounts to an unprecedented shift in the way organisations work. In this new world of work, people want to feel as though they can work from anywhere at any time without missing out on important conversations and decisions.

It is with this in mind that Microsoft have created the latest Teams features, comprising of new Fluid components that support flexible and timely collaboration. Some of these include focus mode, enhancements to Teams rooms, Whiteboard and PowerPoint Live, and will see users accessing new chat and mobile app functionality.

NEW CHAT FEATURES

Teams’ users will soon be able to reply to specific messages in chat which helps keeps the context within ongoing conversation. They will also be able to pin important messages to the top of chats, providing quick access to critical content for all members. If that isn’t enough, users can also co-author and edit chat messages in real time. This creates more transparency and alignment across teams, clearer documentation, and less upfront planning.

MEETING RECAP

The introduction of the meeting recap feature will give Teams users the ability to keep meeting agendas, notes and tasks, along with the recording, transcript, and the shared meeting content, all in one place. This helps keep everyone in the know, even when they have to miss or skip a meeting. Alongside meetings, people can also collaborate on assigned notes and tasks. These Fluid components mean all attendees have a clear view of what was covered and how they need to proceed.

WHITEBOARD AND POWERPOINT LIVE

The new Whiteboard and PowerPoint Live features include laser pointer, inking, annotations, and slide translate. These features help to create an inclusive shared space for collaboration from everyone in the meeting, whether they are joining from the conference room or from afar.

NEW VIDEO AND CONTENT LAYOUTS

Before the pandemic, being the remote person in a meeting often meant it was difficult to break into the conversation. However, incoming video and content layouts in Teams rooms will soon give remote participants a greater sense of physical presence in the meeting room, meaning they will no longer be at a disadvantage and can be more easily seen and heard.

TEAMS MOBILE APP

Soon, users will have access to dynamic view, PowerPoint Live and reactions on the Teams mobile app. These convenient functionalities will make it easier for team members to present and connect on the go.

FOCUS MODE

Research has shown that being “always on” and accessible by technology while working remotely can lead to the blurring of work and personal boundaries and increased stress. To combat this, Teams users will be able to turn on Focus Mode to help set boundaries around their personal time by silencing notifications during specified hours. A new integration with Headspace also offers a curated set of guided meditations and mindfulness exercises which can be accessed via the app. These new features allow users to protect their health and wellbeing and prioritise important tasks without interruption.

KEEPING UP TO DATE

Keeping up with these latest in Microsoft 365 innovations can sometimes feel like a full-time job, never mind working out how to deploy and exploit them within your organisation.  This is where Centrality can help.  We’re entirely focussed on Microsoft first, Cloud first focus meaning we can help you understand how to fully utilise the Microsoft Cloud from Teams, AutoPilot and InTune, Zero-Trust security and beyond.

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