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What’s new in Microsoft Teams – July Roundup

Communicate more seamlessly

 

Available today: Direct Routing in Teams

On June 28th, we announced that Phone System Direct Routing is now generally available. Direct Routing allows customers to choose their telecom provider to enable their users to make and receive calls in Teams. If your country is supported by Teams and Phone System, you can start planning and deploying Direct Routing in your organization. Direct Routing and Calling Plans are now your 2 choices for dial tone in Microsoft Teams. Read the full announcement here.

 

Collaborate more effectively

 

Teams is coming to the US Government Community Cloud (GCC)

Teams in GCC has been built to meet the enhanced security and compliance requirements of our GCC customers allowing them to transform communication and collaboration. Roll out for the US Government Cloud Community (GCC) will begin on July 17th and will be available for all eligible customers by the end of August 2018. Read the full announcement here.

 

Updated keyboard shortcuts

Do you love keyboard shortcuts? If so, we’ve updated our shortcuts to include new functionality. You can view keyboard shortcuts in three ways: (1) type ‘/keys’ in the command bar, (2) press Ctrl+. on Windows or Command+. on Mac or (3) visit your Settings drop down menu and click ‘keyboard shortcuts.’

 

Keyboard shortcuts.pngAccess our updated keyboard shortcuts

 

View and edit Visio files within Teams

You can now view, edit, and collaborate on your Visio diagrams directly inside Microsoft Teams! Simply upload a Visio diagram to a channel’s conversation tab to share with your team. You and your colleagues can then alter the diagram from directly inside Teams and engage in conversations within the file to encourage input from all stakeholders. Learn more.

Edit visio within teams.pngNow, you can easily upload a Visio file directly into a channel and view, edit and collaborate instantly

Office 365 app launcher now available in Teams web client

We’ve made it easier for you to switch between some of the Office 365 core apps. Now in the Teams web client, you can expand the Office 365 app launcher (aka, “the waffle”) to use core apps such as Outlook, Word and OneDrive. Two things to note: (1) if an app has been disabled for a given user, the app will be hidden from the app launcher for them; (2) the app launcher will not show pinned applications or relevant files.

 

Office 365 app launcher.pngOffice 365 app launcher 2.pngFrom the Teams web client, you can now get easy access to some of our core Office 365 apps

Customize and extend your workspace

 

Monthly Spotlight - New Apps in Teams: Jell, RSpace, Zoho Projects and more!

We are constantly adding new apps to the Teams experience to make it an even more powerful hub for teamwork that allows you to access all services you need in one place.

Jell enables users to customize questions, reminders and recurring schedules as needed. Jell for Microsoft Teams comes with a 14-day free trial and has multiple plans to meet your organization’s needs. Learn more here.

 

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RSpace provides a notebook to researchers in biology, chemistry and other related fields to record experiments, share research data and communicate efficiently within the lab. Learn more here.

 

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Zoho Projects gives users the power of project management right at their fingertips. Manage and plan your projects, assign work, manage resources and collaborate better with your team. Learn more here.
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Other new additions to the Teams store include: AttendanceBot, Bitbucket, CrewHu, Evernote, Jira Bot, Karmabot, LawBot, Lifeliqe, Ruum by SAP, SignEasy and Woobot. Also check out this feature video on Survey Monkey in Teams.

Please visit AppSource for details on Teams third party integrations.

 

Working with files and your Teams bot (Preview)

At Build 2018, we announced that bots will soon be able to send and receive files and this feature is now here. If you have a Teams app that works with files, it’s time to switch to Public Developer Preview and check it out. Read the full announcement here.

 

Work with Confidence: New features for IT Admins

 

Teams now supports eDiscovery for callings and meetings
eDiscovery for callings and meetings will enable compliance admins, who are used to performing eDiscovery searches for Teams messages, the ability to search and discover summary records for every Teams meeting or call in their tenant. Read the full announcement here.

  

Teams supports eDiscovery for users in an exchange hybrid environment
Teams now supports eDiscovery, Compliance Content Search, Review and Export for users in organizations that are in an exchange hybrid setup. FYI, this feature is not publicly available but supported for customers on request through Microsoft support. Read the full announcement here.

 

Hide teams from Outlook

Based on customer feedback, new Office 365 Groups generated as a result of creating a team in Microsoft Teams will no longer show in Outlook by default. Since these groups are predominantly used in Teams, this change will reduce clutter by removing the entries from the Global Address Book. These groups will also be hidden from the Outlook left hand navigation and will not resolve in the ‘To:’ line when authoring email. Groups created through Outlook, and then later enabled for Teams, will continue to show in both Outlook and Teams. If you want to create a team in Teams and want to show the associated group in Outlook, then you can run the Set-UnifiedGroup Exchange Online PowerShell cmdlet to update the -HiddenFromExchangeClientsEnabled parameter (this will enable the group for the Outlook experience). Learn more about this process here.

 

Archive your team for posterity

Need to put a team into storage? If you've got an inactive team, but you want to keep it for reference or reactivate it in the future, try the new archive and restore feature. The conversations and files in a team become read-only once you archive it. You’ll still be able to search through the team—you can even mark the team as a favorite. FYI, only team owners can archive and restore teams. Learn more here.

Archive your team.pngAs a team owner, you can archive an inactive team and reactivate it in the future

New features available for mobile

Improved message sending reliability in flaky networks

You can always view your messages on Teams, even if you’re offline in a subway, tunnel or a flight. We have now improved our message sending reliability so that you can confidently send messages even when you are offline, or in a flaky network, for example in elevators, and Teams will make sure your message gets sent as soon as your phone regains network connectivity.

 

Network & battery optimization in calls and meetings

There are a few intelligent features for network and battery optimization that help improve your overall calling and meeting experiences with the Teams mobile client. 

  • Bandwidth Optimization –  If you're participating in a meeting and happen to cross a poor internet network, the Teams app gives you the option to (1) ‘Call me back’ at a number you’ve set or (2) re-join via a phone call.   Additionally, Teams will prompt with you with the option to switch from video to audio - giving you continued, high performance audio quality
  • Battery Optimization – Teams proactively monitors your battery life and gives you options to reduce the consumption of your battery.  During a meeting Teams will prompt you to switch from video to audio mode and also provides you the option of turning off all incoming video from others.  

Try out these features on the mobile app by downloading Microsoft Teams mobile app in the iTunes App Store and Google Play store 

 

Experience Teams across devices

 

Teams for Surface Hub Preview now available

You can now use Microsoft Teams for Surface Hub (Preview). Microsoft Teams for Surface Hub has full Teams calling and meeting capabilities, including one-touch join and up to four incoming video streams—all with side-by-side compatibility with Skype for Business. FYI, to access Teams for Surface Hub (Preview), your device must be enrolled in the Windows Insider Program. Learn more here.

 

Surface hub preview.jpgGet Teams for Surface Hub (Preview) and witness the value of Teams for meetings and calling

Still using Teams on the web? Get the app!

 

Never miss a notification. From our Teams web client, you can now download the Teams app for your device. Check out the lower left-hand corner of the Teams web client for the ‘Get app’ button.

 

Still using teams.pngDownload the Teams app for your device from the Teams web client

 

Teamwork devices make a premiere at InfoComm

 

With Teams, we’re bringing intelligent communications to a range of devices to meet your needs—whether you’re in your office or on the go. Some of our latest offerings include:

  • Teams-enabled desk phones slated for later this year.  Desk phones from AudioCodes and Yealink will offer rich features to enhance the Teams experience. 
  • Skype Room Systems to support Teams meetings by the end of June, across all our partners: Logitech, Crestron, Polycom, Lenovo, and HP.
  • Polycom and Yealink will bring native Teams-enabled conference phones to market later this year.

Visit the full announcement here to learn more.

 

Remote Assist with Microsoft Teams and Hololens

 

We announced in May that Remote Assist is available as a limited-time free preview starting May 22. Remote Assist is a mixed-reality experience that lets you do two-way calling between the Teams desktop app and a Hololens. This works from the Teams desktop app on Windows 10, once you have the Remote Assist app installed. When using Remote Assist in Teams, you'll be able to see the Hololens user's point of view. And, you'll be able to make annotations in their world--place arrows, draw lines, and share images--right from Teams. Read more and download a free preview of Remote Assist here. Additionally, check out the latest Teams on Air episode to learn more about the use case scenarios and watch a live product demo.

 

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Learn how customers are using Teams

Finance department complete quarterly business reviews faster with Teams

A globally dispersed financial team at Schneider Electric, based in Rueil-Malmaison, France, struggled to collaborate on quarterly business reviews. Team members were unable to coauthor documents and spent unproductive time searching for the latest versions of source files for financial reports. Now, they use Microsoft Teams to discuss, store, and find current files, and update them in real time. Check out the full story here.

 

University professor sees 900% increase in student engagement by using Teams

The University of New South Wales is a leading research and teaching institution in Sydney, Australia. Engineering faculty member Dr. David Kellermann sought out technology that would increase student engagement and decided to start using Teams with his students. Within a short time, teaching assistants and students have raved about the product because it has fostered peer-to-peer coaching, deeper collaboration and an inclusive learning environment. View their story here to learn more.

Students guide their own learning with Teams

Fresno Unified School District uses Microsoft technology to implement a Personalized Learning Initiative (PLI), helping students guide their own learning and reach their full potential. With tools like Microsoft Office 365, Microsoft Teams, Skype in the Classroom, and 1:1 Windows devices in classrooms, the district encourages collaboration and helps teachers and students find their own voice. View their story here to learn more.

Let us know what you think!

Try the new features and provide feedback using the feedback link in the lower left corner of Microsoft Teams. If you have suggestions on how to make Teams better, please submit your idea via User Voice or vote for existing ideas to help us prioritize the requests. We read every piece of feedback that we receive to make sure that Microsoft Teams meets your needs.

 

—Keara James, product marketing manager Microsoft Teams

16 Comments
Senior Member

What seems to be the hangup of allowing separate permission on channels?  Ability to archive a channel is also obvious.  Without this teams working on multiple items that don't all involve all members of a team are forced into multiple teams, this is a maintenance nightmare.  I know this is a highly voted request, it would be nice to get some feedback from Microsoft on what items are still outstanding that have high vote counts.

Occasional Contributor

'Skype Room Systems to support Teams meetings by the end of June, across all our partners: Logitech, Crestron, Polycom, Lenovo, and HP'

 

......by June?  It's July!

Regular Contributor

It does seem that the Channel security initiative kinda died doesn't it @Marlene Jones? Looking for more info on that as well.

Contributor

 @Keara James Where are we on the June timeline for Polycom (and others) phones to support Teams calling?

Senior Member

Call queues in MS TEAMS by end Q2 - We are now in Q3 is it available or not ?? I cannot find any information suggesting that it is.

New Contributor

It's getting a little tiring to see the overly aggressive timeline for Teams, and constantly not meeting the quarterly roadmap goals.  Where are we on the channel partners interoperability with Teams?

Contributor

Still really wanting read receipts for posts in Teams, and I thought the recording of meetings was due in Q2. Has that been delayed? I like the "archive team" option but "archive channel" would be awesome for permanent (like departmental) teams to be able to use.

New Contributor

Archive Team options is not visible in my tenant, Is it available for tenants, or yet to receive updates for this feature


Contributor

@Keara James How about something basic?

 

Incoming calls and recent calls do not reference the address book. Pretty simple stuff. Skype 4 Biz does this, why not Teams? Is this an oversight or intentional?

Microsoft

@Dustin Halvorson this started rolling out last Friday. 

Contributor

@Keara James  Very excited about the Join from desk phones! Just tested on our lovely Polycom Trio with success.

 

Yet - I cannot over emphasize the importance of Caller ID from Address book. This is a HUGE deal. People don't memorize numbers. I assume most calls are telemarketing calls, and sometimes miss legit ones that would have mapped to a contact I know.

Occasional Contributor

Still no search option in the Wiki tab? 

Senior Member

Allowing separate permission on channels is a announced feature, we are waiting for since day one. It’s impossible to have a sustained strategy in setting up new teams without having a reliable information about the functions release. Please hurry on that topic, it’s essentially important for the future of MS-Teams in our organization. 

Established Member
Good progress on various fronts, especially the channel archiving functionality. But still no sign of the #1 UI request on the UserVoice forums, which is a compact mode, nor a multi-window mode so we can see chat and files at the same time.
Occasional Contributor

Hi

 

Can we get an update on the Q2 Roadmap items please.

 

thanks

 

Senior Member

Any insight on when in Q3 Teams in Canada Data Center is going to begin roll-out?

 

I'd love a bit more detail so we can plan!