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Updates to Microsoft Teams April 2020

Published: May 4, 2020

On Thursday 30 April, Microsoft announced the latest updates to be made to Microsoft Teams. These include new meeting capabilities, IT admin controls and possibilities for developers.

We’ve picked out the most popular updates in this news article.

New features for meetings and calls

  • Microsoft has increased the number of participant videos that can be viewed simultaneously during calls from 4 to 9 in a staged rollout.
  • Meeting attendees can now use the “raise hands” feature in Teams to make it easier to see who wishes to speak in larger meetings. Teams will also prioritise by who raised their hand first.
  • Backgrounds! Microsoft has built on the popular blur background ability in video to include a list of different pre-selected images and will soon allow the ability to upload custom images. Background blur will also now be available on iOS
  • Share system audio will now be available in Teams live events – a problem we encountered when hosting our own ISV Partner Day Digital – so attendees will be able to hear the audio associated with the shared content.

New features for IT admins

  • A new Meetings dashboard in the admin centre provides insights into usage, user feedback, network health, meeting details and devices. You can quickly drill down to find areas of improvement and causes of poor experiences.
  • New App analytics will provide admins insights into usage of Teams apps in their environment. App policies and settings will also allow admins to manage permissions, define how apps are displayed in Teams and control availability of custom apps.

New features for developers

  • Microsoft has released two new Power Automate triggers. Trigger actions when a new teammate joins and create custom message actions with the “for a selected message” trigger.
  • Compliance recording integrations will now make it possible for companies in regulated industries to automatically record all communications by regulated employees.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of all the updates for Microsoft Teams in April. You can read the full list here.

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