What's new in Microsoft Teams?

Since the turn of the year, Microsoft Teams has gone from being a standard collaboration tool, to an industry-leading one-stop shop for any business, or any group of friends.

Working alongside Microsoft 365, Teams has made remote working more of a pleasure than an inconvenience, with features ranging from 250 person chat rooms, to recurring surveys.


Let's discuss what's new in Microsoft Teams:


Group calling expanded



What's new in Microsoft Teams?

You can now operate conference calls with a 7 x 7 display of participants, meaning you can have up to 49 people showing their camera on the call. Not only this, but you can have as many as 250 people involved in a single audio group call.


Teams has implemented the ability to both record group calls, as well as giving you the option to "raise your hand", something that will be pretty transformative to schools and universities, where students may have previously sent a message to ask to speak - The former could be hard to pick up as message notifications are only temporary.


What's more, you can allow complete immersion into the office (Visually, at least), by customising your background via the desktop application. Simply select a picture from your files and add it as your background. This is one of the more entertaining aspects of the calling updates...



What's new in Microsoft Teams?

Scheduling meetings and locating messages has got a whole lot easier


Teams has upped its ability for users to incorporate meetings. Users can schedule meetings and have the reminders sync up to their other applications within the rest of their 365 setup. Reminders will display in Teams, and these can be customised by colour, department etc, so you can categorise who the reminder is for, e.g. H.R.