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Meet Now with Microsoft Teams

Today we are announcing completion of several key meetings capabilities first disclosed in our Skype for Business to Teams roadmap.  Work gets done when individuals connect, communicate and collaborate, and we believe these features (in addition to our February announcements) make Microsoft Teams ready for all types of meetings.

 

Meetings bring together two or more people, either in-person or digitally, and can represent over 1/3 of the average work week. Yet almost 60% of meeting attendees say they need more from their meetings experience. They cite the following reasons:

 

  • 55% of meetings can be hard to schedule and start
  • 54% of meetings have technical challenges
  • 57% felt meetings were unproductive

 

Teams Meetings infographics.pngMicrosoft funded research, 2018

 

Meetings occur in the hallway, in meeting spaces, the shop floor, or in daily standups. No matter where in the world a user may be, the recent investments made in Teams meetings will help work to get done faster.

 

 

TeamsMeeting.PNGMeetings in Microsoft Teams

 

Here are a few of the investment areas for meetings over the last 6 months:

 

Ease of Connectivity

With the recent capabilities released, meetings can start quicker. It’s about making meetings easy to schedule once a decision has been made to connect, and a frictionless join at meeting time.

 

  • Get set before joining your meeting – Our new join experience allows you select devices and your audio configuration prior to being in the call. Video preview enables a quick glance to make sure you’re set to go on-stage. If you are joining from a meeting room, you can easily join your personal device with content only and no audio. This prevents echo and the client will even remind you if it detects problems.

  

  • See who’s knocking at the door– In addition to external guests, the Teams meeting lobby will now support audio conferencing dial-in users.  Both anonymous and dial-in users can wait in lobby until an attendee from within the company admits the guest. The lobby adds an extra layer of security and confidence that only invited attendees are listening in.

 

  • Crossing Enterprise Borders – We now support existing enterprise relationships with federated meeting join. No extra steps are required to join partner meetings with your native corporate identity. This is in addition to other guest scenarios, like meeting with Teams guests or anonymous meeting join.

  • A Room for Everyone – With multiple room technology options (audio only and video optimized) all meetings rooms can be a best-in-class experience in Teams. The Surface Hub (available in preview), Skype Room Systems and Polycom Trio all support 1-touch join experiences in Teams meetings. A full list of device announcements is available here.
    lenovoWithUI.pngSkype Room System from Lenovo
  •  Large Meeting Support – Teams will now support up to 250 meeting attendees for those large group connections.

 

Quality and Reliability

Supported by a new modern infrastructure, Teams is built for the cloud on a highly-scalable microservices architecture that’s optimized with global peering points.  As a result, attendees will see faster meeting join times and better overall experiences. But sometimes the unexpected happens, and Teams can quickly react to ensure your work continues.

 

  • Intelligent alerts – Teams will detect situations that lead to meeting interruptions and inform you proactively on how to fix the issues, so you can continue your meeting. Teams provides feedback on everything from a poor network connection to even telling you when you’re trying to speak and may have forgotten to unmute your microphone. Less interruptions means more efficient meetings.

 

  • When Networks Fail – The Teams desktop, mobile and web client quickly and elegantly reconnects if a call is dropped on the desktop or a mobile device. Teams monitors and responds to loss of network and automatically attempts reconnecting to keep the call going. Mobile users can also opt to have the service call back via PSTN, if WIFI or LTE is unreliable.

 

call me back.pngCall me back in Teams Mobile

 

  • Control your Experience- You can now turn off incoming video on your Teams mobile to prioritize core audio communication in low bandwidth conditions.

 

Meeting Productivity

Share your ideas and make decisions faster by turning presentations into deep collaborative discussions. Meetings are no longer just a moment in time. Attendees want to share material pre-meeting, communicate efficiently in the meeting, and reference decisions and deliverables after the meeting.

 

  • Present with Polish –Deliver formal presentations crisply and securely with PowerPoint sharing in a Teams meetings. Attendees can jump ahead or revisit a slide with private viewing. Signals from the Graph API prioritize your latest files from Office 365, making it simple to select your PowerPoint to get started.

 

  • Whiteboard  –  Now users can work creatively in meetings on 3rd party whiteboard apps like Invision. Invision is the first whiteboard application in Teams with more to follow in the coming months.

 

  • Mobile Sharing  - When you are on the go, not every meeting happens at a desktop. Now meetings participants can share photos, PowerPoint files, live video and mobile desktop from anywhere.
     MobileMeeting.pngSharing on Teams mobile
  • Meeting Notes - Attendees can now easily take shared meeting notes during the entire meeting lifecycle. Share an agenda before the meeting, take notes during the meeting as well as find the notes (using the notes tab) after the meeting is over. The notes are co-editable by different participants and you can also @ mention people if you want to bring their attention to a specific note item. Meetings notes are also available on mobile!

 

  • Broad Communication - Live events in Teams extends the Teams meeting experience to thousands of attendees, whether on desktop or mobile. Learn more about live events (available in public preview) here.

 

  • Meeting Recording – Teams and Microsoft Stream offers the capability for meetings to be recorded and stored in the Office 365 cloud. The recording is available in the chat history of the meeting for easy playback so other team members can review later.  Meeting recording (available in public preview) also gives users access to the transcript and search for keywords or phrases spoken during the meeting.

 

RecordingPlayback.pngRecording Playback and Transcript

 

All of these new features are accompanied by IT control required by our enterprise customers. User level meeting policies, federation policies and more are configurable to your own organization’s requirements.

 

There is constant, ongoing work to add even more innovations to Teams Meetings. Stay up to date with us here in the Tech Community, and learn more about Teams meetings today.

 

Meet Now!

 

 

10 Comments
Super Contributor

Speaking about mobile, we have discovered a few days ago that Skype on mobile only shows first participant with video, but if you add more users you can only hear them and it still only shows video for the first participant. Wonder if Teams on mobile can allow of switching video feeds, maybe even automatic switching.

New Contributor

One thing I noticed, which very inconvenient when use Teams meeting instead of Skype one. I'm unable to configure a call back feature in order to make sure that Teams app call back my mobile number when I'm not connected to WiFi network, similar to what Skype for Business allows me to do. Especially it's inconvenient when you need to join a meeting from a car when you're driving.  I hope this will be fixed sooner than later. 

@Alexey Goncharov Teams mobile supports that feature, if your network connection becomes unreliable it will offer to call you back, or in a call you hit the ... button and choose to be called back.

Regular Visitor
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New Contributor
@Stephen Collier You're absolutely right, the Teams mobile app support that feature with following limitations (see below), which I hope Microsoft will address soon as I really like Teams application and promote it within our company. So, here are the constrains: - unable to setup rules when I want to Teams to call me back automatically (for example when I'm not connected to wi-fi) - save my mobile phone for call back, i.e. user have to enter full number each time he/she want Teams app to call back. It's very inconvenient when driving - when call back is activated, it looks as a second call to a meeting

@Alexey Goncharov agreed these would be good features, please vote for them on uservoice. I would also suggest trying the new option to join a meeting but then to stop incoming video, makes a big difference when travelling with variable signal. 

 

It does feel like something where teams should just know what I want when I'm in a car, and do the right thing.

New Contributor

Some Great updates. Can we confirm that this experience is available across iOS, Android and mac as well. Features landing aren't always available on all. (E.g. whiteboard although perhaps that now available on the Mac?) 

New Contributor

Great updates but have a question. From the mobile teams app, I get an option to call me back but from the desktop teams app I don't show an option to call me back.

When I join a meeting from the desktop app, the info pane icon on top right says that it is disabled by policies.

Any ideas how I can get the desktop app to call me back?

Occasional Visitor

Can anyone comment or advise on the fact that I saw the meeting booking button on android this week (tuesday) and now it has disappeared 

 

A brilliant and useful feature snatched away!

 

Kerry 

Occasional Visitor

I think this is a fantastic tool and will be really useful with my staff and sixth form..... Is there a way to block or turn off this option on your team site? 

 

I am in a school.  So  allowing younger students access to video conferencing is just asking for trouble!  

 

Thanks

Emma