August 2023 Latest Updates
Enhance Your Meetings with Animated Backgrounds
Elevate your virtual meeting experience on Teams by choosing dynamic, animated backgrounds. Prior to your meeting, go to Effects and Avatars > Video effects on the pre-join screen and pick a background featuring a video icon in the corner of the preview. For further guidance, refer to Changing Your Background in Microsoft Teams Meetings.
Efficient Chat Management with Compact Mode
Effortlessly scan through chats using the compact mode, where message previews are discreet, allowing more space for your conversations. Messages from the same sender are grouped together and separated by line breaks. To activate compact chat mode in Teams, go to Settings and more > Settings and adjust Chat density to Compact. Learn more about adjusting the spacing of your chat messages in Microsoft Teams.
Streamlined Message Editing and Replying
Easily reply to or edit specific messages in a chat by hovering over the message and selecting the appropriate option. Choose “Reply” to respond to a particular message and “Edit” to make changes to a message you’ve sent. Refer to Editing or Deleting a Sent Message in Microsoft Teams for more details.
Participate in Webinars Across Multiple Devices
Attendees now have the flexibility to join a public webinar from up to three different devices using their unique registration link. To get started, explore Getting Started with Microsoft Teams Webinars.
Stay Organised with Microsoft Loop Task Lists
Keep your tasks organised in Microsoft Loop, allowing you to track them seamlessly across various applications. Edit your task list component in Outlook or Teams to ensure changes sync across Microsoft Planner and To Do. For comprehensive information, see Managing Your Tasks from Loop Task Lists and Collaborative Notes in Planner and To Do.
Navigate and Join Calls Swiftly on Teams Phone Devices
Benefit from recent updates to the Teams phone device user interface, offering faster meeting joins and simpler navigation across applications. Experience fewer dialling errors with the redesigned Teams phone dial pad and the new “dial pad only” view in landscape mode. Start using Microsoft Teams phones with the help of the guide, Getting Started with Microsoft Teams Phones.
Improved Call Delegation Functionality
Call delegates now have the ability to seamlessly switch between tabs and access call records for themselves and their delegators. Delegators can also view and join active calls managed by the delegate, allowing for efficient collaboration. Learn more about managing call delegation in Microsoft Teams Phones.
Efficient Connectivity with Teams Hotline Phones
You can now configure Microsoft Teams Phone certified devices to directly dial specific phone numbers or contacts, such as emergency services or your organisation’s help desk. When a user picks up the Teams phone handset, it will automatically dial the pre-programmed phone number. Phones with Teams Shared Device License can be configured through device settings or the Teams admin centre.
Enhanced Voicemail Notifications for Added Security
Receive timely notifications in Teams when you’ve received a protected voicemail. These notifications will be displayed in the Calls app in Teams, allowing you to access the voicemail in the Outlook web app with a simple click. Discover more about checking your voicemail in Microsoft Teams.
Share Your Location During Emergency Calls via Teams for Web
For users in the United States, you can now include your location to alert personnel during emergency calls made through Teams for web. Explore Enabling Location Services for Work from Home Emergency calls to learn more.