Microsoft Teams adding New Controls and Improved Search
Microsoft continues to improve Microsoft Teams at breakneck speed, this time with a new control that simplifies delegating tasks for meeting organizers and improved search functionality.
In September, Microsoft is adding a new control that allows meeting organizers to delegate breakout room controls to specific presenters, allowing these presenters to become “managers.” By taking control from breakout room management panel, appointed presenters will be allowed to perform breakout room operations as a manager or meeting organizer, as well as joining rooms as a breakout room manager.
The feature is due to roll out globally on the desktop Teams in September. Once released, presenters will be able to add and delete rooms, assign users to rooms, set meeting times, make announcements, create rooms and adjust various settings.
The goal of this new control is to make life easier for Teams organizers. Previously, organizers would have to manage meetings that otherwise could be offloaded to presenters, who may need more freedom to organize their own meetings at short notice. Also, this should be a welcome improvement for large organizations with a hierarchy of roles with shared responsibilities but different goals and deadlines.
Microsoft is also working to improve search within Teams with a new search results page. This new feature should roll out globally in November. The new search experience in Teams will make finding messages people, answers and files faster and more intuitive. The redesigned search results page provides better context and faster results, with AI-powered relevance based on the people and content users engage with most in Teams and other Microsoft 365 services, according to Microsoft.
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