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Microsoft’s 15 Top Announcements At Ignite Fall 2021

Wade Tyler Millward

The company used its virtual conference to unveil new security offerings and features, enhancements to the Azure cloud platform and new features in Teams.

Teams Gets A Boost

Microsoft announced many new capability updates for its popular Teams collaboration app.

New previews include new abilities to configure separate retention and deletion policies for attached files stored in OneDrive and SharePoint with a message and the abilities to configure retention and deletion policies for groups within Teams, shared channels for individuals across multiple organizations, Q&A in Teams for question-and-answer sessions during an event and 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, according to Microsoft.

Microsoft Records Management has gained new capabilities integrated into Teams to improve data protection, according to the company. Now generally available are retention and deletion policies for private Teams channels, according to Microsoft.

Through the Microsoft Teams Connect tool -- which allows for collaboration among multiple organizations -- Microsoft plans to release an update for Chat with Teams that allows Teams users to chat with people outside the work network with a personal account.

More changes 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 has gained more features with third-party applications including SAP Sales & Service Core and Atlassian’s Jira Cloud. A redesigned Teams App store will launch later this month with a new layout, new categorizations, intelligent app recommendations and curated app editorials, according to Microsoft.

 
Wade Tyler Millward

Wade Tyler Millward is an associate editor covering cloud computing and the channel partner programs of Microsoft, IBM, Red Hat, Oracle, Salesforce, Citrix and other cloud vendors. He can be reached at wmillward@thechannelcompany.com.

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