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10 Microsoft Teams Updates Unveiled At Ignite Fall 2021

Microsoft is using the virtual conference to announce a number of new features and updates for the Teams collaboration app, including around security, integrations and events capabilities.

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More Virtual Events Capabilities

Microsoft has released a new integration with events platform Cvent for general availability and has plans for other improvements to Teams with the goal of improving virtual event hosting on the app.

Teams users can assign roles from the scheduling form and see the order of raised hands from users, according to Microsoft.

Later this month, Microsoft will launch a preview of Q&A in Teams for question-and-answer sessions during an event. The experience will include ways for organizers and presenters to mark answers, filter responses, moderate and dismiss questions and pin welcome messages and other posts. Also coming in November is an isolated audio feed feature for producers to create mixes from individual Teams users.

By the end of the year, Microsoft will release for all Teams users a webinar and meeting co-organizer feature for assigning up to 10 organizers, according to Microsoft.

Previews will launch early next year for virtual green rooms that allow organizers and presenters to talk, monitor chats, manage attendee settings and share content before an event begins and for enhanced controls that allow hosts to manage what attendees see.

Admin Center Enhancements

All Teams administrators now have the ability to search for any function in the admin center and use an application discovery tool, according to Microsoft.

Features now in preview to improve administrators’ experience with Teams include a device analytics dashboard for timeseries data and device use metrics; a workspace view for meeting room devices, Teams displays and other devices in specific locations and priority account notification and alerts for devices and call quality.

Features To Improve Chat

Upgrades to Teams’ chat tool will roll out until early 2022, according to Microsoft. The upgrades include the ability for users to send themselves ideas, reminders and other messages; a chat density feature to customize the number of messages on screen with different modes and increasing the amount of 3-D emojis from six to 800.

Teams chat users will also gain the ability to schedule messages and a new interface for search results that includes filtering and toggling between tabs.

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