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From 4 to 9 participants and more new Teams updates

Posted on May 11, 2020.

With much of the workforce of the UK continuing to work from home the demand for fit for purpose communication technologies continues to increase. 

Microsoft Teams is playing a critical role in helping them stay connected through video meetings, calls, and chats. 

Microsoft has very recently announced a number of updates to Microsoft teams in response to customer feedback introducing core new features.

Increase in the number of simultaneous videos in Teams meetings

Recognising the importance of face to face conversation the number of participants involved in a meeting has been raised from 4 to 9.

Raise Hands

Reduce the potential for awkward confusion over who’s turn it is to speak. The raise hand function lists and prioritises this who indicate they have something to share.

Background effects

Don’t compromise privacy, be seen but maintain privacy by blurring backgrounds or appear as if from a more use either a pre selected or custom image instead.

Background Blur for iOS

Brings the frequently used feature from the desktop to the iPhone and  iPad

Live captions in iOS and Android

Champion accessibility, use live captions to help disabled users or user in noisy environments in the loop with 

End Meeting for all participants

Great for the virtual classroom, All participants exit the meeting when the organizer selects this button. A great example of a relevant scenario is in education: in some situations, class meetings should not continue after class is over without teacher supervision.

Meeting Recordings

Now you can easily record your 1:1 calls in Teams just as you already can for meetings. Simply select the option to record and call participants will be notified on their screen that a recording has begun!

teams new admin dashboard


Introducing the new Meetings Dashboard

The new Meetings dashboard in the Microsoft Teams admin centre helps you ensure users have the best experience possible during meetings and calls by providing you insights into usage, user feedback, network health, meeting details, devices, and more from a single place. Leveraging Power BI capabilities, this interactive dashboard allows you to filter information by dimensions such as day, countries, and platform allowing you quickly identify areas of improvement and drill down to uncover the root cause of poor experiences. And because it built using our industry-leading analytics platform, you have the ability to join meeting data with other datasets such as faculty directory for student attendance in remote learning.

For customers that may have unique needs or more targeted requirements, we will soon make a call record API generally available to allow customers and partners to export Teams meetings and calls data for further analysis.

The new meetings dashboard is coming to Teams soon.


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