Microsoft Teams- February Update


 

This week marks the first anniversary of #MicrosoftTeams, growing significantly in both new capabilities and customer usage. A game changer in the Education market, based on feedback from educators, new capabilities are continually added on a regular basis to make Microsoft Teams an even more powerful hub for teamwork. Here’s a summary of the main updates that were introduced in February:


Communicate more effectively with new chat functionality

 

Share chat history – Often, conversations start with one person and then reach a moment where you need to add one or more people. To help you continue the conversation easily, you can share the chat history when you add somebody to a chat and decide how much history you want to share.

 

Hyperlink custom text in messages Hyperlink custom text in messages

@mentions somebody in a chat – In addition to being able to @mention somebody in a channel conversation, you can now also do so in a 1:1 conversation or a group chat. When you type @ before their name, the person will receive a notification in their activity feed making it easier for you to get someone’s attention.

 

Mute a chat – In addition to hiding or leaving a chat, you can now also mute a chat. This feature lets you put a temporary hold on notifications for a particular chat. Don't worry—you'll still receive new messages; you just won't be alerted.

 

Mute a chat to put a temporary hold on notifications

Mute a chat to put a temporary hold on notifications

Quick reply to a chat message from notifications – You can now respond to an incoming chat message directly from the toast notification. Simply click on “Reply” when the notification pops up and type your response. The reply will be limited to text-only and 1,000 characters. This functionality is available for the Windows and Mac apps.

 

Hyperlink custom text in messages

Hyperlink custom text in messages

Restore a deleted channel –  If you have deleted a channel by mistake, you can now restore any channel you deleted up to 21 days. Simply click Manage team and then open the Channels tab to see and restore deleted channels. By default, any member of the team can restore a channel. If you want to restrict deleting and restoring channels to team owners only, you can change this in the team’s settings.Restore a deleted channel directly in the Teams UI Restore a deleted channel directly in the Teams UI


Collaborate more effectively

 

Include information from Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) in your conversations – Now you can have a conversation about VSTS work items right in a channel or chat without the need to include a screenshot or a hyperlink to the information – in the same way that you can add an emoji or GIF. To get started, go to the Store in Teams and install it for yourself or for a team. You’ll then see VSTS as an option to choose from when you click on “…” at the bottom of the compose box. Read the full blog post for details

Include information from VSTS in your conversations Include information from VSTS in your conversations


New features available on Teams iOS & Android apps

New chat functionality - Share chat history, @mentions in chat, mute chat, quick reply from notifications are all available on iOS and Android as well.

 

Share chat history (left) and Mute chat (right) on mobile Share chat history (left) and Mute chat (right) on mobile

 

Share content from other apps into Teams – You can share text, photos, and files from other apps into Teams on both iOS and Android apps now. You can select a chat or channel to post the shared content into.

 

Sharing an image into a channel on Teams app on iOS Sharing an image into a channel on Teams app on iOS

You can now create a team on mobile – Simply tap on the “Manage teams” icon on the Teams tab and then the “+” icon to create a new team. You can then add members to the team and promote them to owners.

1st step: click on the manage icon 1st step: click on the manage icon

2nd step: click on the "+" icon 2nd step: click on the "+" icon

3rd step: add a name and description 3rd step: add a name and description

 

PSTN calling and voicemail – PSTN calling and voicemail are now also available on mobile for Enterprise Voice licensed customers.

 

Meetings on mobile – You can mute other participants on mobile now. Also, external users invited to a Teams meeting can now join via the mobile apps too.


Learn how customers are using Teams

“Everyone has a voice, and I believe everyone deserves to be heard,” says Esam Baboukhan, computer science and e-learning instructor at the City of Westminster College in London. But how do you make sure everyone can use their voice, especially when they don’t speak aloud?

Watch how Baboukhan, a Microsoft Innovative Education Expert, and his student, Kabir, who has a hearing impairment, face this challenge head on using Microsoft Teams and Office 365.

Read more here: https://educationblog.microsoft.com/2...

Learn more about how Office 365 and Teams are transforming learning at City of Westminster College: https://aka.ms/cityofwestminstercolle...


Let us know what you think!

Try the new features and provide feedback using the feedback link in the lower left corner of Microsoft Teams. If you have suggestions on how to make Teams better, please submit your idea via User Voice or vote for existing ideas to help us prioritize the requests. We read every piece of feedback that we receive to make sure that Microsoft Teams meets your needs.

 

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