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What’s New for Microsoft Teams in December

Microsoft decided to end 2019 with a big bang! After being only available on macOS and Windows desktops, Microsoft Teams has finally come to Linux. This means Linux users no longer need to an unofficial version of the app and can rather use an official preview client, which is available in both the .deb and .rpm formats.

Sticking with their dedication to constantly improving their social collaboration features, Microsoft updated the Teams experience so users can have richer conversations with people outside their organization. Users in Teams Only mode can now enjoy a chatting experience whether communicating with a colleague or someone who is outside their organization. Another new feature in this area is the ability to add subtitles to your meetings with the Live Captions Preview.

There are several new calling features as well including:

  • Video calling in Chrome
  • Dynamic emergency calling for direct routing in Microsoft Teams phone system
  • Ability to add participants to meeting chats
  • Muted meeting chats
  • Ability to assign roles to meeting invitees

Rounding out the list of new features in Microsoft Teams are some new administrative features. Beginning January 14th, the Teams desktop client will be added to existing installations of Office 365 ProPlus on the Semi-Annual Channel. There’s also a new mobility policy for the Teams Mobile app that allows IT Admins to require their users to have Wi-Fi connections when making or receiving Teams video and/or video calls. IT administrators will also gain more control over how video is managed in Teams Meetings.

2019 was an exciting year for Microsoft Teams. I can’t wait to see what Microsoft has in store for us in 2020. If you would like to learn more about Teams or any Office 365 application, give us a call today. 2W Tech is a Microsoft Gold Partner and has IT Consultants on staff that are experts with the Microsoft Office 365 suite of products.

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