Welcome to the January “What’s New in Teams” blog. This month we are sharing a wealth of announcements that will provide capabilities for speakers and attendees to be more engaged with our audiences, allow for less distractions and more inclusive behaviors. To ensure all Microsoft Teams users have a first-class experience, in this blog we share a number of updates for our end users! And make sure to scroll to the end and learn about the new Teams approved devices! Let’s find out, What’s New!
Press to Unmute
Stay muted to avoid unwanted background noise during a meeting and rapidly respond when called upon. You can now use a shortcut to unmute by holding down the Ctrl+Space keys (Windows) or Option+Space keys (macOS), then release the keys to go back to muted state again. This feature is on by default. To disable, go to your Teams Settings > Privacy section and uncheck Keyboard shortcut to unmute.
Custom background on web
Custom backgrounds are now available to web users. You can blur your background or select from Microsoft-provided backgrounds during your video meeting or call, making your meetings more fun and personal. Note that blurring or replacing your background may not prevent sensitive information from being visible to other people in the meeting.
Music mode for Teams
High-fidelity music mode enables Microsoft Teams users to experience richer sound experiences when sharing non-speech content such as live music, songs through other applications, or medical signals during a virtual appointment with a physician. High-fidelity music mode enables significantly improved audio quality in Teams calls and meetings. The optimized experience in Teams applies to signals captured by microphones as well as audio played while sharing an application or desktop. Learn how to experience high-fidelity audio in Teams.
Mirror my video
You no longer have to see the text in your video flipped. Imagine a primary school teacher with a small whiteboard in hand, or you have a virtual background with text in it. While the meeting audience sees the text correctly, you see the text flipped. By providing you with the option to un-mirror, you will be able to see the text correctly. Simply go to your Device Settings and toggle off Mirror my video.
Isolated audio feed capabilities
Broadcasters now can create a high-quality, clean audio mix with our new isolated audio feed capabilities in Microsoft Teams. As broadcasters use Network Device Interface (NDI) or hardware-out, they will be able to capture the isolated audio feed along with the isolated video feed from any Teams meeting, enabling full control of both the feeds going into their studio. This capability is enabled within the meeting settings and is available as a public preview.
Hardware-Out with AJA and Blackmagic Design Hardware
Production teams can better manage their workflow and use Microsoft Teams as a contribution source for their broadcasts. We have partnered with two industry leaders in the video and audio market, AJA and Blackmagic Design, to provide hardware-out functionality with Microsoft Teams and select hardware devices. When you connect a supported hardware device, Teams will recognize the hardware and enable sending of an individual’s media stream out to the hardware directly as a clean feed. To enable this feature, turn on the Allow Video-Out from Hardware meeting policy from the A/V section. Once enabled, simply click the ellipses (...) of the video feed you want to send out, select Send video to Hardware, and pick your hardware device. To stop streaming, click the ellipses (...) again and select Stop sending video. Learn more.
Walkie Talkie app in Teams is available on Zebra android devices and all iOS mobile devices
We’re announcing the general availability of the Walkie Talkie app in Microsoft Teams, with a dedicated push-to-talk button on a wide range of Zebra mobile devices, as well as general availability on any iOS mobile device such as iPhones and iPads. Frontline workers can enjoy clear, instant, and secure communication at their fingertips and collaborate seamlessly with anyone from anywhere across geographic locations. This will be helpful for our frontline workers as this new feature will reduce stress, help with training execution and modernize the Frontline worker experiences. Learn more.
Reflexis Shifts connector for Teams available
We are announcing the general availability of the Reflexis Shifts connector for Teams, which integrates with the Reflexis Workforce Scheduler (RWS) to create a seamless, real-time sync for the viewing, assigning, and managing of shift requests. As a leading workforce management solution, RWS provides targeted and flexible scheduling management. Together with Teams, RWS helps drive worker autonomy, delivers optimized scheduling, and gives organizations a new opportunity to provide frontline workers with access to their schedules in a consistent and flexible manner.
Front row (preview) layout for Microsoft Teams Rooms on Windows
Front row is a new layout for Teams Rooms, designed to enhance hybrid meetings and provide in-room participants with greater context of what is happening across various aspects of the meeting. With front row, remote attendees are seen in the room at eye level and additional meeting experiences including chat, and a rostered view of participants with raised hands, are brought to the front of room screen. Front row (preview) will be available in the layout chooser experience on the Teams Rooms console. It can also be set as the default layout or turned off altogether by device admins. Front row is available for all Teams Rooms on Windows, single and dual display modes, and across all display sizes. It’s recommended you use 1080p resolution (single/dual displays) for an optimal viewing experience. This is the initial public release of front row (preview), with enhanced features to follow later this year. Learn more.
Switch between multiple video cameras in Teams Rooms on Windows
During meetings in Teams Rooms with more than one video camera attached in the space, people in the room can switch between cameras—by choosing from the list of available cameras. If the device does not have multiple USB cameras set up with Teams Rooms devices in the conference rooms, there will be no difference in experience. For Teams Rooms with multiple video cameras attached, admins can also select a default camera from the device settings to be used when starting a Teams meeting or call.
Cortana updates in Teams Rooms on Windows
The mic icon is now replaced with the Cortana avatar to improve usability. You will see the updated icon in both the out-of-meeting and in-meeting UI. Cortana Voice Activation is also now enabled by default for new device installation—however you still have the option to disable this feature.
Cortana skills now available in additional languages
You can now use "Hey Cortana" to join meetings or perform other commands if your Teams Rooms are configured to use languages from these regions: Australia, Canada, Great Britain, India, and the US. Learn more about language settings.
Calling app update for Teams Rooms on Windows
Making a call from Teams Rooms is now updated with a new Teams calling app. All peer-to-peer calling and group calling functionality that was previously under the “New meeting” button is now under “Call.” Using the Teams Rooms console, “Call” lets you dial a number using dial-pad where a calling plan or direct routing is configured for the room account, as well as access a search bar for peer-to-peer Teams calls, and group Teams calls. Enter the Session Initiation Protocol Uniform Resource Identifiers (SIP URI) which is available for modes with Skype for Business. This update is only applicable if the Teams Rooms is running in Microsoft Teams only, or Skype for Business and, Microsoft Teams (default) modes.
Meet now support for Teams Rooms on Windows
A new update to the “New Meeting” control on the Teams Rooms console is “Meet” (Meet now experience in Teams desktop client). With Meet, you can start an ad-hoc meeting with a single tap and invite participants to it. This change is only applicable if the Teams Rooms is running in Microsoft Teams only or Microsoft Teams (default) and Skype for Business modes.
AAD conditional access support for Teams Rooms on Windows
Teams Rooms on Windows now supports Azure Active Directory (AAD) device-based conditional access controls. Admins can use identity-driven signals to control access for Teams Rooms on Windows device accounts, including access to Microsoft Teams and Microsoft Exchange online services, based on device compliance status. Device-based conditional access support adds an additional layer of account security to the built-in security of Microsoft Teams Rooms on Windows devices. Learn more.
Poly Studio E70
This smart camera for large meeting rooms, is now certified as a camera for Microsoft Teams Rooms on Windows. The Poly Studio E70 camera has dual lenses with 20-megapixel 4K sensors, providing a wide angle and a narrow lens for maximum room coverage. The camera supports group framing and speaker tracking, with the unique ability to transition undetected between two lenses. Learn more.
Lenovo Go Wired Headset
Designed to enhance communication and collaboration in the modern workplace, the Lenovo Go Wired ANC Headset brings several must-have features to the table. With Microsoft Teams Certification and cutting-edge ANC/ENC technology, both office and remote workers will have the Teams certified tools they need to tune out distractions and tune in to their work—all in one headset. Learn more.
Lenovo Go Wired Speakerphone
The Lenovo Go Wired Speakerphone brings enterprise-grade audio to the remote workforce. When you pair the omnidirectional far-field dual-microphone array with the in-call controls and effortless plug-and-play—you get a remote-friendly working companion. And now that it’s Teams certified, you can make the most out of collaborating, video conferencing, messaging, and more on Teams. Learn more.
Meta (formerly Facebook) Portal with Microsoft Teams experience
Meta Portal, a smart video calling device, now includes the Microsoft Teams app. Using Teams on Meta Portal lets you manage your schedule with Teams calendar, participate in company meetings, view, and respond to chats, and share Microsoft OneDrive files with colleagues. Plus, Teams has security built-in with Microsoft Intune app protection, additional license required. Learn more.
Transcription for 1:1 Calls
Transcription of one-to-one calls on Teams is now available. This can be enabled via the control bar within the Call window.
1:1 VoIP and PSTN Call Recordings and Transcriptions Available in Call History
Call recordings and transcriptions now are available in the call details panels for both VoIP and Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) calls, providing an easy way for you to reference recording and transcription from previous calls.
Teams Meeting Recordings – Automatic Expiration
To help admins more easily manage storage, we’re introducing a policy that will automatically send newly created Microsoft Teams meeting recordings to the recycle bin after 60 days. Admins can change the default expiration setting in PowerShell. Changing expiration settings only will affect newly created TMRs from that point forward. Additionally, end users have the ability to modify the expiration date on individual files they own. We plan to roll this policy out in late January. Learn more.
App detail page view enhancements in Teams Admin Center
We are adding new enhancements to the App detailed page with more descriptive app information, including detailed information on an app and its management options, more descriptive images, and videos of the app for Microsoft and third-party apps, and comprehensive app permission information. Additionally, there is a more intuitive app card design for all apps.
Admin notifications for Custom app submissions
Admins can enable notification when developers submit a new application for review and approval, as well as getting notifications when developers submit app updates. Learn more.
Scoped Teams Device Administration Role
The scoped Team device administration role enables you to restrict administrative scope by using administrative units in organizations that are made up of independent divisions. For example, this can help organizations with global operations spread out in places such as New York City, Amsterdam, and Bangalore. Each city has its own IT admin managing the Teams devices per location. Learn more.
Manage Surface hub device in Teams Admin Center
The surface hub has been added as a new type of Teams device to be managed in the Teams Admin Center.
New guest user usability improvements
Guest user experience: A guest user can now decline a pending invitation within the Teams client. This will remove the listing of the pending invitation from the Me Menu, enabling relevant accurate listing of the guest invites in the list. As a guest you can now customize the guest user organization list. Also, guest users can choose which orgs they show or hide and update their list as their priorities change.
Users experience: Users can Show/Hide Guest Tenant List and manage the guest tenant listing in the Me Menu for better organization and productivity, such as: achieving better efficient tenant list by hiding tenants (without leaving) that are not active. Users can manage their Hide/Show list from account management. Hidden guest tenants will be marked with clear visuals indicating these tenants are hidden in account management, while hidden tenants are removed from the Me Menu.
Custom background on web
Custom backgrounds are now available to web users. Now you can blur your background or select from Microsoft-provided backgrounds during your video meetings or calls, making meetings more fun and personal. Note that blurring or replacing your background may not prevent sensitive information from being visible to other people in the meeting. Available in GCC.
Teams admin center - Sensitivity label support in Government clouds
Sensitivity labels help protect and regulate access to sensitive organizational content created during collaboration, which can be extended into Microsoft Teams. We are happy to share that sensitivity label support for Teams has been extended to support Government clouds.
Press to Unmute
This should have been a "global hotkey" meaning you need to be able to push the button even if you are currently presenting something in Powerpoint or looking up something on the web. Having to switch back to Teams to talk means the only gain here is more or less that you don't have to push it twice. Also it should be possible to chose yourself what key should be used then you can pick a dedicated one that you don't use for anything else. By the way I think the choice of CTRL+Space for "push to talk" could lead to an accident since space toggles mute/unmute if you click the mute button with your mouse first.
I don't see "Hardware-Out with AJA and Blackmagic Design Hardware" feature in Microsoft Teams Version 1.5.00.2164.
I have all policies and settings in place. NDI is working. I need SDI.
@Doug_Donley Have you seen this recent blog post? It may be helpful to you! https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/microsoft-teams-blog/enhance-your-production-workflow-with-te...
Would radio buttons not have been a better option for the multi camera feature for Teams Rooms? I'm just thinking of the delay caused by having to check settings and select drop downs.. etc
Great update. How about putting the time zone next to the people's names so you know what time of the day it is where they are calling from. Helpful in scheduling new meetings. Also it would be great if when you join it tags you as viewing from a cell phone or laptop. If someone is sharing information a person on a cell phone probably won't be able to see it and the person sharing slides would discuss the material differently if they knew the person couldn't see it or see specific details.
@John_Maneikis have you provided this feedback? If not, please use this link and share the comments with us! aka.ms/TeamsFeedback
Does anyone else think it's weird that End-of-Support for Electron 10 was on May 25, 2021, and the latest version of Teams uses...Electron 10?
Yes, yes I know, the "next" version of Teams is being migrated off Electron, but it doesn't exist yet as a public product, and meanwhile May 25, 2021 almost seems like May of last year.
How difficult would it have been to bump the version periodically during that period, as is done for Skype and many others all the time?
Greetings does anyone know if the 1:1 feature can be disabled for the entire tenant. I did find where you can set to false but that is for all not just the 1:1 new feature rollout.
The "Music mode for Teams" section ends with the sentence, "Learn how to experience high-fidelity audio in Teams." Is that supposed to be a hyperlink to Use high fidelity music mode to play music in Teams, for more info?
Are there plans for an .admx or other control to uninstall the Teams Personal component on target Intune-enrolled / Endpoint managed W11 workstations?
Manually uninstalling with powershell scripts is pretty cheesy and poorly supported in my opinion.
I reviewed your comments with our team! Here is some information that you may find beneficial.
"He likely needs to manually update and restart his Teams. If he's seeing NDI in the settings section, the SDI portion should be showing too. It's 100% rolled out and the two are on the same policy. For more information you may find the most recent blog post helpful! Here's the blog we posted on Friday: Enhance your production workflow with Teams as a contribution source via SDI and with Isolated Audio..."
I hope you find this reply useful! Thank you for the comment.
I would love to understand your scenario more. When engaging multi camera, you would not use the settings option for this. It's accessed through the share button on the utility bar in the console UI. Based on this, I would love to understand your feedback a little more.
Also, please note, we always love to capture your feedback for future updates and changes. You can provide your feedback here: aka.ms/TeamsFeedback
I hope you find this helpful!
This is excellent feedback! Stay tuned because I think you will be pleased to see that the Feb blog will address one of your pieces of feedback!
re: The tag of a cell phone or laptop, that is great feedback. I find this interesting, as when I am calling into a Teams call from my phone, I can see the PPT slideware but I think the fundamental concept does make sense for a few different scenarios. In order to properly capture this feedback, I would suggest that you use the following link to share your feedback with our Engineering team if you have not already done this! aka.ms/TeamsFeedback
Have a great day and thank you for the post!
Thank you for the positive comment! Glad to see you are enjoying the blog posts, the updates, new features and more!
We appreciate your engagement.
I am happy to look into this for you but for clarity are you referring to:
1- 1:1 VoIP and PSTN Call Recordings and Transcriptions Available in Call History
2- Transcription for 1:1 Calls
Look forward to your reply!
You know, no matter how many times I review the blog, it takes an extra set of eyes to catch all the misses! So THANK you for your kindness and diligence and flagging this to our attention!
I will get that corrected ASAP!
Truly appreciate your engagement and comments in this blog series. Keep it up!
We are always looking at alternatives and better ways to manage pre-installed apps via Intune and as well as via 3rd party MDM tools. Rather than overload the Admin Center, we leverage PS Scripts as a d=fast and easy way to manage features across Server, Windows and other products. A large list of PS Scripts for Team can be found here: GitHub - Geetha63/MS-Teams-Scripts: Powershell and Graph scripts and here: Microsoft Teams PowerShell Overview - Microsoft Teams | Microsoft Docs
GitHub - Geetha63/MS-Teams-Scripts: Powershell and Graph scripts
Powershell and Graph scripts. Contribute to Geetha63/MS-Teams-Scripts development by creating an account on GitHub.
Feedback is always welcome on the Feedback link as well; aka.ms/TeamsFeedback
Hope you find this answer helpful and thank you for contributing to this blog article!
@Holly Lehman Thanks! I tool a look at both large lists of PS scripts, searching for "Personal" - I didn't find anything obvious about uninstalling W11's Personal Teams client while leaving the Corporate Teams client intact. Did I miss something buried in there?
When will these feature finally arrive on linux?
We had no feature updates in ages!
@Holly Lehman Regarding use of Blackmagic device with "video hardware out, I have restarted, manually upgraded, searched for info, upgraded firmware many times in trying to get this to work. Understanding that I've got my policies correct, NDI works, all software is up to date and my BMD device functions as it should with all other apps - does Teams support ALL current BMD video cards? Also, no matter whether I'm using production, preview or development Teams releases that I still see "Preview" next to my device in App Permissions? I persist in this quest because of the enormous value this function could be to our small local news operation. Thanks.
@ChristianEgo Thank you for calling this out. I appreciate the comments and engagement in this blog post!
I have joined the Microsoft Linux Teams chat. I connected with the Sr Product Manager and meeting with him this week. Once I know more, I will share the information with you on this blog.
Additionally, I would highly recommend sharing your comments at aka.ms/Feedback and remember you can always share your thoughts on the Microsoft Teams Tech Community and share your thoughts on the forum!
All my best,
I think your feedback here is important to capture. Have you shared this with us in the feedback tool?
If not, please do: aka.ms/Feedback
Also, we have the live forum at the Microsoft Tech Community where you can also share your feedback!
Thank you for your patience. I met with the Sr Product Manager on this topic. He explained to me currently the Linux integration with Teams is available in public preview at this time offering security patches only at the moment.
Please again, we encourage you to share your thoughts and feedback at the aka.ms/feedback tool and on the Microsoft Tech Community forum you are participating in!
We support all modern BMD devices. Blackmagic themselves are supposed to be listing out what official devices they support, but they haven't done that yet. However, the feature is not currently supported by either AJA or BMD on Apple M1 Macs. We're working with both companies to get it there, but it will be some time still. That note is in the technical limitations section of the support page: Broadcasting audio and video from Teams with NDI and SDI technology (microsoft.com)
The feature itself is still in preview and will be for a while.
Let me know if this helps and glad you are seeing the value!
Thanks Holly. This is good to know. I've entered a support request to Blackmagic to get their take on supported devices. My facility is a significant user of their hardware so my fingers are crossed. As I continue to diagnose why the "Send Video to Hardware" feature has not yet appeared for me, I'd like to eliminate a couple of things from troubleshooting. First, I am running Microsoft Teams Version 1.5.00.3970 (64-bit) in Public Preview with a Business Basic license. Should I have this feature now? Second, if I'm seeing the NDI feature and it works, does imply that my policies are correct to use the SDI feature?
Here is what I found out, if you are seeing the Video Hardware Out section in Settings > App Permissions > Production Capabilities, then you have a supported version and license. If you are seeing your hardware there, then you has supported hardware. If you see the hardware but not the option to send the video out during a meeting, then that is related to the bug we are working with BMD to fix. I would do a ticket in the 2nd scenario as well.
Thanks for the feedback, it looks like you're correct there's nothing related to personal I see either. I'll follow up internally to make sure our engineering groups are thinking about this. To try and help you in the meantime, I found the article below by a non-Microsoft blog that talks about removing it via script and Autopilot. I can't endorse the blog as I haven't tried this out or confirmed it works, but if you haven't come across it maybe you'll find it useful
Remove Personal Teams from Windows 11 - PowerON Platforms
Hey Blog friends!
Because conversation thread isn't an option (I know... annoying, but it's an ask on the roadmap) I try, but may have missed a reply to a post, comment or question.
If I have missed a reply, please feel free to ping me! Look forward to hearing from you all on the February "What's New in Teams" blog coming soon!!
All of the development seems to be focused on Teams Rooms - which is great - but what about dealing with the interface that 99% of Teams users use day to day. That's the Teams App - calling layout. Why so much whitespace?
This is a very unique piece of feedback and one I honestly don't have the answer to. Have you provided feedback in the aka.ms/feedback portal?
Let me look into this and try to get back to you!
Sometime in the last few weeks, Teams has gone from extremely reliable to being so buggy we're looking at switching to Zoom or Slack.
1)Calls don't go through or only ring on people's phones or tablets, not laptop.
2) Daily Teams meetings can't be joined.
3) Calls are dropped mid-conversation.
Killing Teams via Task Manager usually gets things working again.
You have Microsoft Teams Version 1.5.00.5967 (64-bit). It was last updated on 3/15/2022.
First, thank YOU for reaching out on this blog post. It's important that we understand all customer journeys. At this time, I find these interesting as I have not heard these issues from other or experienced these myself.
I want to get these resolved for you and of course keep you as our customer! What I would suggest is to fill out a support ticket. Then please share the ticket ID with me directly and I will do what I can to help you find out why this is happening.
Contact Us - Microsoft Support
You can also open a ticket in the Teams platform under "help"
I hope this is helpful as a starting point. I want to get this resolved and return you to the reliable service you should experience.
Ooo that will be fun
Sorry for digging up such an old thread, but does anyone know if High-fidelity music mode will ever be available from Teams Rooms?
I can't see it mentioned anywhere and it's not listed on the Microsoft 365 roadmap...
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