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Microsoft Teams: Every New Feature from April 2022

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Each month, Microsoft Teams gains a bunch of new features across its various offerings. Teams has increasingly become a major product for Microsoft in the enterprise realm. Growing – but facing stiff competition – Teams must be well taken care of with new features to remain a potent option.

April was a particularly busy month for Microsoft Teams, with new abilities lading across devices, education, free Teams, and the standard Teams platforms. So, without out further to do, let’s jump right in and see what is new in Microsoft Teams over the last month.

Meetings

The popular Meetings feature on Teams got some important changes, including the ability to share system audio within a meeting on the web. Microsoft also added new tools for presenters to use, and introduced automatic music detection to combat background noise:

  • “Anonymous meeting join across clouds
  • Usability improvements to notifications in meetings for iOS
  • Share the system audio from meetings on web
  • Presenter mode: Controls to move and resize presenter video
  • Improved meeting support in Firefox browser
  • Detect Music Automatically
  • Support of Live Caption for Teams on VDI for Azure Virtual Desktop and Citrix”

Calling

Calling on Teams will be an even better experience with the introduction of Outlook contact integration. Microsoft also brought an Emergency Calling banner to the product:

  • “Outlook contacts available to select for calling
  • Custom banner for Emergency Calling
  • Administrator configuration of end-user call forwarding settings”

Devices

There was not much happening on the device’s front during April, although Microsoft did add a new options. Specifically, users can now restore the “Present” button in Microsoft Teams Rooms on Windows devices.

Certified devices

Microsoft debuted an expansion of certified devices with a bunch of new products dropping last month. Among them were new meeting room products, tabletop hardware, and conference room speakers from OEMs:

  • “Logitech RoomMate
  • Logitech Tap Scheduler Panel
  • Yealink Teams HD IP Conference Phone
  • Huddly L1 and Crestron Flex
  • Sennheiser TeamConnect Intelligent Speaker
  • Yamaha ADECIA Ceiling Solution
  • Extron DMP64 & DMP 128 PLUS C V AT DSP System
  • EPOS ADAPT 361, 461T, and 661 headsets”

Chat and collaboration

Mobile users are finally getting text prediction when writing in chat. This is a feature that has been a long time coming to Teams on iOS and Android. Elsewhere, Microsoft brought its Fluent emojis to Teams chat. Here’s the full changelog:

  • “Text prediction for Teams mobile
  • Power Automate templates to be added to teams templates
  • New Fluent Emoji style coming to Teams emojis and reactions
  • Suggested replies in chats
  • Upload files to your approval request via Power Automate portal
  • Chat filter for non-meeting chats”

Management

Admins have a bunch of new tools to make managing Teams across an organization easier:

  • “Admins can pin message extensions
  • Teams device store in Teams admin center
  • Follow Office preview policy on Mac
  • User request flows for blocked apps”

Teams for Education

There were just a couple of changes to Teams for Education in April, include a Class Notebook notification:

  • “Students and educators get a notification when a new Class Notebook page is distributed
  • Data reports after Teams meeting class”

Frontline workers

Frontline workers using Microsoft Teams now have more integration with Microsoft Bookings and Microsoft Forms:

  • “Virtual appointments through Microsoft Bookings in Teams – Microsoft Forms integration
  • Walkie Talkie app in Teams is available on Kyocera 5G Rugged Smartphones
  • New Tag Management Settings”

Government

Government users are always playing catch-up to commercial versions of Teams dues to the standards that need to be met. Below is the April changelog for Teams Government that highlights features that other versions already have but are new to government users;

  • “Attendance Dashboard
  • Teams webinar capabilities
  • Auto-answer meeting invites with video on for iOS devices
  • Invite-only meeting options
  • Share the system audio from meetings on web
  • Large Gallery and Together Mode in Teams Meetings on Web and VDI
  • Voice enabled channels for GCC H and DoD
  • Roaming bandwidth control for GCC-High and DoD
  • Dynamic Caller ID for Voice enabled channels, now available for GCC High and DoD
  • Up to 25K members per team in DoD

New default for Teams notification style for DoD”

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Microsoft Teams Customer Lockbox Now Available

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Microsoft Teams is receiving interesting new features for its 270+ million active users. Specifically, new search improvements and a “lockbox” for controlling who accesses content on the platform.

According to Microsoft, users should instantly see a difference when they start searching on Teams. Firstly, the search is less messy with summary results providing more instant context. Microsoft is also adding more filters to make it easier to narrow down searches.

Microsoft is putting an increasing focus on search, despite the company not being known as a major search name other than the so-so performance of Bing. As Microsoft Teams becomes increasingly integrated with Windows 11, search across the platform and app is important.

Alongside search improvements, Microsoft is also bringing a new customer “lockbox” in Teams. This new feature allows admins to control when other users can access content and perform tasks. You may remember Microsoft first announced its intention to bring lockbox to Teams.

Lockbox

If you are unfamiliar with Customer Lockbox, it is a tool Microsoft uses on numerous platforms and apps, such as Azure, OneDrive for Business, Exchange Online, and SharePoint Online. It prevents Microsoft or other users from accessing information when a customer is troubleshooting or servicing:

“Customer Lockbox provides an interface for customers to review and approve or reject customer data access requests. It is used in cases where a Microsoft engineer needs to access customer data, whether in response to a customer-initiated support ticket or a problem identified by Microsoft.”

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Microsoft Teams with Google, Apple, and Mozilla to Form Interop 2022

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Microsoft is partnering with some of its big browser rivals to form a new partnership that seeks to improve web browsing. Alongside Microsoft (Edge) are Mozilla Foundation (Firefox), Apple (Safari), and Google (Chrome). Together, the companies are forming Interop 2022.

The primary goal of the coalition is to create browsing standards that promote a consistent and reliable web browser experience. Importantly, the aim is for this experience to be universal across the four main browsers.

A joint post on web.dav highlights what Microsoft, Mozilla, Google, and Apple has planned. It is worth noting other contributors are also involved, such as Bocoup and Igalia. In the blog, the group describe their plans for Interop 2022 and the tenents of the initiative.

All agree on 15 benchmark areas to improve browsing:

  • Cascade layers
  • Color spaces and CSS color functions
  • New Viewport Units
  • Scrolling
  • Subgrid
  • CSS Containment (the contain property)
  • The <dialog> element
  • Form controls
  • Typography and Encodings
  • Web Compat

Alongside these 10 new focuses, the group will also continue to focus on areas that were part of the Compact 2021 collaboration:

  • Aspect Ratio
  • Flexbox
  • Grid
  • Sticky Positioning
  • Transforms

Long-Term Vision

While it is called Interop 2022, the group of web giants explain this is a multi-year project:

“The goal of these multi-year interoperability efforts, in the form of Compat 2021, Interop 2022 and much more, is to fully acknowledge and address the pain points developers have experienced through for many years. And it’s not a one-browser effort but rather a strong collaboration between all major browser vendors and friends for improving the web platform across the board.

In essence, the goal is to make the web platform more usable and reliable for developers, so that they can spend more time building great web experiences instead of working around browser inconsistencies.”

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Microsoft Teams Apps Are Coming to Outlook

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Microsoft Teams has become one of the most important services Microsoft currently offers. It has become an important part of the company’s enterprise arsenal and is used by over 370 million monthly active users. This success means Microsoft is integrating Teams across its services, with Outlook next on the agenda.

Of course, Microsoft Teams already connects with Outlook, but the next step is to put Microsoft Teams apps into Outlook. According to the Microsoft 365 roadmap, there is a new feature plan known as feature ID 88909.

This feature has the title “Outlook: Add apps and use them inside Outlook.” It comes with the following description:

“Apps built for Teams can also run in Outlook now. Outlook users will be able to acquire and use these updated Teams apps (with personal tabs and/or search-based message extensions) without leaving Outlook.”

Coming to One Outlook?

While Microsoft is road-mapping this feature, it seems users will need to wait a while to receive it. According to the reference, Microsoft Teams apps will come to Outlook in December 2022. By then, it could make its debut on the One Outlook app.

We have been following the progress of the development, which is known as Project Monarch, for some time. Back in January 2021 the app leaked online. Monarch takes its cues from the existing Outlook for Web. It brings many of that service’s dynamics to app form as a desktop client.

When we talk about a unified email experience through Outlook, it will gather the various versions of the services from across platforms into a single app. For example, it will replace the Win32 and UWP apps on Windows 10, Outlook Web Access, and the macOS version. It will also be hosted as Outlook for Web on browsers.

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Microsoft Teams Compact Chat Mode Coming This Month

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Microsoft Teams is getting a useful new feature this month that will provide more access to chats on the app. Specifically, Microsoft is planning a new Compact mode for the Teams desktop application.

With the new Compact mode, Microsoft Teams users will see 50 percent more messages on their desktop. Needless to say, this is a fantastic update for users who do a lot of messaging in Teams or have laptops with smaller screens.

Microsoft announced the new feature on the Microsoft 365 Admin Center and says it will start rolling out to Teams desktop in the middle of February. While the feature works in chats, it will not be available for Channel messages.

It seems the feature is off by default. To enable it, users can head to “Settings > General > Chat Density and toggle between “Comfy” (the existing layout) and the new “Compact” mode. Microsoft has not said if there are plans to bring the mode to other versions of Teams.

Teams Growth

Last month, Microsoft offered a progress report on the ongoing success of Microsoft Teams. According to the company, the service is now used by 270 million monthly active users. Over 90% of Fortune 500 companies now users the Teams Phone services.

Also last month, Microsoft announced a Teams device trade-in program in collaboration with Network-Value.

Network-Value is a US firm that specializes in trade-in programs for global businesses. With the help of the company, Microsoft Teams subscribers can dispose of devices in an environmentally friendly way and still get competitive prices for them.

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Microsoft Hackathon Team Develop Forest Guard to Target Illegal Logging

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A team of Microsoft Student Hackathon winners created a new solution for detecting illegal logging activities by leveraging Microsoft Azure and IoT solutions. In a blog post this week, Microsoft is detailing the journey of Forest Guard from interesting idea to useful real-world tool.

It all starts with the 2021 Microsoft Student Hackathon, which runs alongside the Microsoft Global Hackathon event. Hosted by the Microsoft Garage skunkworks division, the Student Hackathon tasks Microsoft summer intern 2021 alumni and their co-creators to find hacks for real-world challenges.

Held last Octobers, hacks focus on education, Sustainability, and Societal issues. Winners of the Student Hackathon Grand Prize ended their internships with Microsoft in September, but the team chose to remain with the company to form a new hackathon team.

“We wanted to create an opportunity after their Microsoft internship for the students to stay connected to Microsoft and use the skills and knowledge they acquired in a new project and challenge that reflected their own passion,” Steve Scallen, Senior Director of University Engagement at the Microsoft Garage.

“We were also pleased to see how many Intern alumni took advantage of the opportunity to invite their friends and share their own Microsoft experience.”

Forest Guard

Those Grand Prize winners are Christine Wanjau, David Lutta, Audrey Njenga, and Gloria Keya. Together they developed Forest Guard, the winning project during the hackthon. Made from students in East Africa, the team created something that Microsoft felt was a workable solution.

“The Forest Guard team distinguished themselves with their passion for an important local sustainability challenge, their effectiveness in leveraging a portfolio of Microsoft technologies, clarity of how their solution could be impactful, and their commitment to utilizing their individual areas of expertise,” Scallen adds. “They were all summer interns at Microsoft, and they all have offers to come back, which they’ve accepted. We are very excited they have chosen to start their professional careers at Microsoft.”

Deforestation is a massive problem that affects us all on a global scale. Logging of any kind is devastating for the local environment, but illegal logging can have an impact that affects all our lives. However, detecting illegal logging activities is not easy. By using Microsoft Azure Cognitive Services, Power BI, and IoT Hub, Forest Guard can go where eyes cannot.

“Forest Guard puts the sensor right on the ground and can be trained to recognize hallmarks of illegal activity. Sounds are translated into spectrograms, each with a readable signature that can detect the presence of chainsaws and heavy machinery, and even telltale signs of forest fire. When concerning noise signatures are detected, the Forest Guard unit sends a signal to appropriate authorities.”

The team plans to keep developing Forest Guard as they start individual careers with Microsoft. The goal is for the tool to become a real-world solution.

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Network-Value debuts Microsoft Teams Device Trade-In Program

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This week, Microsoft revealed its Microsoft Teams communication and collaboration platform now has over 270 million monthly active users. Organizations continue to migrate to digital solutions as work habits change in the wage of the COVID pandemic. However, for some businesses, it can be hard to dispose of old hardware that has been replaced by digital methods.

To help, Microsoft has launched a new device trade-in program. In collaboration with Network-Value, Microsoft is giving customers an opportunity to ethically sell of aging hardware:

“The path to modernizing your meetings and phasing out legacy equipment should not be one of these difficult or confusing decisions.

Today, we are pleased to announce the launch of Device Trade-In for Microsoft Teams, a new program that makes it easy for businesses to receive cash back for their existing meeting room video conferencing equipment and desktop phones when switching to Microsoft Teams.”

Collaboration

Network-Value is a US firm that specializes in trade-in programs for global businesses. With the help of the company, Microsoft Teams subscribers can dispose of devices in an environmentally friendly way and still get competitive prices for them.

Because Network-Value works globally, any company of any size can participate in Microsoft’s program.

Of course, prices you can receive for devices depends on several factors. Microsoft points out market demand, the condition of the hardware, and the age of the product are all considerations that determine the value.

Microsoft anticipates some organizations will have hardware that is completely obsolete and has no resale value. If that’s the case, Network-Value will not pay for the device but will dispose of it in a responsible way.

When an organization receives a quote from the company, they have 45 days to make a decision. Network-Value also offers technical support where experts will visit companies and help them decommission hardware on site.

Any business interested in this trade-in program can access Network-Value through Microsoft’s website here.

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Microsoft Teams Now Has over 270 Million Monthly Users

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It’s all good news and back slapping happing at Microsoft as the company once again basks in the glory of consistent growth, sky-high revenues, and healthy profits. During its fiscal Q2 2022 earnings call, Microsoft confirmed all divisions are in excellent condition. That includes Microsoft Teams, which now has over 270 million monthly active users.

It is worth noting this number comes from Microsoft Corporate Vice President of Communications Frank X. Shaw. The company does not offer official numbers often, but this is as close as it gets.

Back at the start of 2020, Microsoft Teams had around 10-20 million daily active users. This was seen as a win for Microsoft against competitors like Slack. Since then, the world has changed quite a bit and over the next year Teams added over 200 million new users.

The COVID-19 impacted day-to-day work and play habits, locking most people into their homes. Communication platforms like Teams because essential for organizations and individuals. Teams has been growing steadily since March 2020 and by July 2021 had 250 million active monthly users.

 

Steady Growth

In the following six months the platform has added over 20 million additional users. It seems growth is slowing from the height of the pandemic, but users are still flocking to Teams.

Microsoft does not detail the actual user numbers in its earnings call. However, CEO Satya Nadella points out Microsoft Teams is getting “growth in every segment” and “becoming the standard for unified communications.”

Over 90% of Fortune 500 companies now users the Teams Phone services. With the threat of COVID still looming and work habits potentially transformed forever, Teams growth will likely continue.

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Microsoft Defender for Business Preview Finally Ready for Wide Launch

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Back in November, Microsoft introduced us to a new enterprise-grade endpoint security solution known as Microsoft Defender for Business. At the time, the company said the new tool would come to preview soon. That preview did arrive in December, but only to a select number of customers. Now, Microsoft is ready to roll out the new security solution to all users.

The company says it will start delivering Microsoft Defender for Business in late February. It will be available to Microsoft 365 customers on the Business Premium plan on Windows 11. While the new service will be available to all subscribers, it is worth noting it will still be the preview of the solution.

This will also be a staged release, so not all customers will have the app in February. Although, Microsoft says the rollout will be complete by the end of March.

Customers can purchase Defender for Business as a standalone product, at a cost of $3 each month per use. Microsoft has observed a 300% rise in ransomware attacks during the last year, with over 50% targeting small organizations.

“Defender for Business elevates security from traditional antivirus to next-generation protection, endpoint detection and response, threat and vulnerability management, and more. It offers simplified configuration and management with intelligent, automated investigation and remediation. Defender for Business helps you to protect against cybersecurity threats including malware and ransomware across Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android devices,” Microsoft said last year.

Abilities

Microsoft Defender for Business adds extra security tools to protect against threats while also placing vulnerability management in the control of businesses. This is possible through antivirus features, attack reduction tools, and remediation settings.

Microsoft also says Defender for Business does all the heavy lifting, so organizations do not need learn how to use the tool. Other features include endpoint detection, automation, manual responses, and detection.

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Microsoft Cracks $50 Billion in Quarterly Revenue for the First Time (Q2 2022 Earnings)

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Microsoft yesterday held its fiscal Q2 2022 earnings call and once again it was a list of good news for the company. Continuing its massive success over the last decade, a timeframe that suggests this is now normal a not a trend, Microsoft recorded analyst-busting revenue and profit.

During the last quarter, Microsoft took $51.7 billion in revenue, $18.8 billion of which was net income. Microsoft’s performance means revenue grew 20% compared to the same period last year, while income jumped 21%. It is the first time Microsoft has made $50 billion revenue in a single quarter.

As is becoming customary, all Microsoft’s key businesses (Windows, Office, and cloud) performed well. The COVID-19 pandemic continued to boost Windows through demand for computers. Microsoft points out there are 1.4 billion active users across Windows 10 and Windows 11. Revenue from Windows OEMs increased 25%

In Office commercial and cloud, Microsoft saw a 14% increase, while Office 365 commercial grew 19% year-on-year. On the Dynamics platform, the company took a 29% jump, while LinkedIn revenue was up 37%.

Hardware

Even Surface enjoyed growth after a few quarters of small declines. Microsoft’s hardware division secured an 8% increase after the company predicted another dip. The holiday season and launch of new devices likely boosted Surface during the period.

While Xbox is usually a small piece of Microsoft’s revenue stream, more eyes are on the division following confirmation the company will buy Activision Blizzard for $68 billion. Hardware revenue increased 4% last quarter, a modest jump considering the holiday season. Overall Xbox revenue was at 8% increase compared to Q2 2021.

Content and services drove the Xbox growth. Microsoft says 20 million people have played Halo Infinite, while 18 million have played Forza Horizon 5.

“Digital technology is the most malleable resource at the world’s disposal to overcome constraints and reimagine everyday work and life,” said Satya Nadella, chairman and chief executive officer of Microsoft. “As tech as a percentage of global GDP continues to increase, we are innovating and investing across diverse and growing markets, with a common underlying technology stack and an operating model that reinforces a common strategy, culture, and sense of purpose.”

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