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The new Microsoft Teams Meeting Experience
May 13, 2020

Microsoft have announced some new features and updates for Teams, to make your experience even better, particularly now most of us are working from home.

The new features include:

  • Being able to view meetings and calls in separate windows from the main Microsoft Teams client.
  • meeting and call controls such as mute, video, chat, leave and others will now be located at the top of the meeting window so that they are always available and never block the underlying content.

And more recently announced features such as:

  • increasing the number of participants that you can see at the same time during a call from 4 to 9
  • raise hands
  • custom backgrounds

This new experience will roll-out OFF by default and you will have the ability to turn on the new experience via the user setting: General > Turn on new meetings and calling experiences.

Note: In the future this will enabled by default, but Microsoft want to provide you with extra time to become familiar with having meetings open in their own separate window. 

The new meeting experience:

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New meeting/calls control location:

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How to turn on the new experience:

Step 1: Click on your avatar on top right of Teams and click Settings.

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Step 2: Tick the Turn on new calling and meetings experiences box and then restart Teams.

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Expected Timelines for updates (may change at Microsoft’s discretion)

  • June – New experiences are available and users can enable through settings.
  • July – Experiences are enabled by default and users can disable through settings.
  • August – Experiences are enabled by default and user controls are no longer available.

 

We’re really excited by these proposed changes and think they’ll make the Team experience even better!

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