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New Must See Features in Microsoft Teams

by Powernet - Dec 21, 2020

Microsoft have released new Microsoft Teams features that we are excited about, here are the top 5 you need to know about.

 

Introducing Meeting Breakout Rooms

Teams breakout rooms allows you to create 'sub meetings' within a Microsoft Teams meeting for smaller groups to collaborate and have discussions. You can create up to 50 breakout rooms for 1 meeting. 

 

Teams Breakout rooms can be useful for training sessions when small group assignments are handed out, the meeting host can put individuals into breakout rooms with their peers in order to discuss and complete the assignment. 

 

Checkout this page to learn how.

 

Noise Suppression in Meetings

The new Teams noise suppression feature analyses your audio feed and filters out all noise except for your voice. This is particularly helpful when working from home with lots of distractions, or if you are working in a busy office.

 

To turn it on, in Teams click on your profile picture, select settings, select devices, scroll to Noise suppression, and choose your desired level of suppression.

 

noise suppression teams

 

Pin Posts in Channels

It's easy for posts to get lost in the sea of discussion within a Teams channel. Now can you pin important posts for easy access for everyone. 

 

Simply hover over a message, click the 3 dot menu choose 'pin'. 

 

Pin a message in Teams

 

Pins can be located within the channels info pane, located in the top right corner of a Teams channel.

 

Info icon

 

Preview Your Video When Joining a Meeting

Personally, I am thrilled by this feature. Now when you join a meeting, before you see everyone else, Teams displays a preview of your camera and microphone settings so you can check your video is in order and if your microphone is muted

 

How to get started with meetings in Microsoft Teams

 

Use Forms in Teams to Conduct Polls

Microsoft has added a polling feature to Teams whereby you can create surveys. If you are familiar with Microsoft Forms, the layout will feel familiar to you as it is powered by Forms. You could use this to cast a vote within a meeting, or survey your staff on what day suits them best for your next event. 

 

Microsoft Polls

 

New to Teams and want to learn more? Check out our Getting Started with Teams video or get in touch.

TAGS: Microsoft, Microsoft 365, IT support, teams