Roadmap watch: what’s coming to Teams during Summer 2021?

What can be expected to roll out to Microsoft Teams during this summer? Short answer: a lot! Massively! I highlight some of those features in this blog post as a summary. As always – schedules can change. Some features may be pushed back if the testing reveals some issues there. While it does sting when cool ; and especially useful things; are pushed back weeks or several months, it is always better to have a rollout of working features instead of something that is not final. Or even the minimum viable version aka v1.

There are lots of different sources, when you want to stay up to date with the roadmap

  • Admin Center bulletins. These are not accessible by standard users. If you are an admin in any tenant (even trial) you get these bulletins
  • Public Roadmap. This is the place that keeps showing the latest updates.
  • Tech Community blog post and articles
  • Twitter and LinkedIn and occasional other social media.

Let’s get started!

  • Microsoft Search will find meeting recordings based on transcripts. Transcripts will be added to the search index and you can start finding meetings based on what was said there. This depends if your language is supported in meeting transcript. Coming to targeted release mid-late July. Standard release late July – early August.
  • Paging in Large Gallery is rolling out soon and will be completed by mid-July. When you choose Large Gallery you can view the next 49 videos. With this Teams supports showing 98 video feeds in a meeting. Paging will be available to normal 3×3 gallery view in September.
Paging in Large Gallery
  • Include device audio when sharing on Teams for iOS and Android. This will allow you to play, for example, videos on your mobile device while sharing it to the Teams meeting. Coming soon: late June.
  • Teams Meeting Auto Recording is rolling from June until mid-July. This allows meeting organizer to set meeting options so that the meeting is automatically recorded: recording starts when the first participant joins the meeting. Recording is stored on first participant’s OneDrive – meeting organizer will have permissions to it.
Enabling Teams meeting auto record

What is interesting in that Admin Center Bulletin photo is that Managed mode is coming to Teams meeting as well: attendees can only see shared content and the videos of people you spotlight. I can’t wait to experiment and tell more about that to you! And Provide CART Captions will also help once it rolls out.

  • Microsoft Whiteboard in Teams is getting a lots of facelift during the summer (rolling out during June-August, starting with stickers. images, note grids and shapes ). These features come to Teams/Web Whiteboard – making it finally matching Whiteboard App in features. Collaboration cursors (who is doing what on the board), Laser Pointer & Follow Along(lock view) helps to give presentations using a Whiteboard while Templates (finally!) can speed up formal boards. Fluid components will allow simultaneous co-authoring on the board and Reaction Stickers will bring some fun & reactions to Whiteboard. And those look really cool.

Watch the video and read more details from Tech Community Post!

Of course the ability to choose any existing Whiteboard to a Teams meeting is something that we have hoped to see for a long time. Ability to re-use Whiteboards has been a big ask. The other big ask – external collaborators on a Whiteboard – is roadmapped for September.

  • Pin chat messages (June)
  • Live Components ( Fluid Components) in Teams Chat (work on message content together: tables, actions items or lists). Anyone in the chat can edit them. (June)

And yes, those live components will be part of meetings as well! Agenda, action points and notes.

  • Viva Insights is getting Headspace and Pomodoro timer during the summer/later this year as well. The new Focus Time looks just superb!

Viva Insights is also bringing in the Quiet Time settings later this year. Too bad they are not here before summer vacation time.

These and some more innovations / news can be found from Microsoft Tech Community article!

  • Users can select if Office Documents are opened in Teams, web or Desktop app. This has been a big ask as well because people want to be more in control where those Docs, Excels and presentations open.
  • Shared Channels support tabs for 3rd party / custom apps. (July). This rolls ahead of Shared Channels so developers can prepare for them early. It also means that Shared Channels will support apps when they arrive in November!
  • Video filters to adjust your video feed in pre-join (August)
  • RTMP Streaming Support Enables support for your users to stream their Teams meetings to large audiences through RTMP, including endpoints outside your organization. (July)
  • And there will be more news for Microsoft Teams Rooms and Devices. I really like the front row option for MTRs (Microsoft Teams Rooms) that brings people from other sites and locations to the “same table” with people in the meeting room.
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Jabra PanaCast 50 will solve issues with smaller rooms – I have heard lots of good from the current PanaCast.

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And Poly Studio E70 looks really good as well – something that can help with larger meeting rooms.

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What is really interesting also are the first Teams Certified earbuds from Logitech that are coming out later (“soon” unfortunately this was not defined when the soon is – so it may be equivalent to “later this year”. Hopefully sooner – I can’t wait to be able to test these!).

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If you are interested of these MTR and Devices news & announcements read the Microsoft Tech Community Blog Post about them.

And much much more.

In my previous posts I have already touched some of features that are either rolling out (Together Mode Extensibility, Chat Bubbles, etc) or have mentioned them a few times in the roadmap watch.

Just to give out some idea here is the list of items from the public roadmap.. And yes, that is a lot for this summer!

FeatureDescriptionStatusRelease ESTIMATE
Microsoft Teams: Dynamic Emergency Calling for Work From HomeThis feature enables users to validate (and if necessary, edit) the address that will be communicated to emergency responders in the event that an emergency call is placed by an individual working from home.In developmentJune CY2021
Microsoft Teams: End user Real-time telemetry for meetingsEnd-User Real-time telemetry for meetings.Rolling outJune CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Pin chat messagesPin a Teams chat message to drive awareness and provide the chat members with quick access to important content. Pinning will help your team stay in sync on what’s and relevant in a timely manner.In developmentJune CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Fluid components in Teams chatFluid components in Teams chat allow end users to send a message with a table, action items or a list that can be co-authored and edited by everyone in line.In developmentJune CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Paging on Video GalleryWhen you choose Large Gallery, and there are more than 49 videos or in Gallery with more than 9 videos, navigation controls and now appear below the Large Gallery and Video Gallery. You can use these controls to view more video participants.In developmentJune CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Live Events in GCC-High, and DoDSoon, you will be able to use Live Events in GCCH and DoD for your needs.In developmentJune CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Sharing device audio on iOS and AndroidInclude device audio when sharing on iPhones/iPads and Android devices.In developmentJune CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Teams Meetings Auto RecordingThis feature allows users to auto record meetings by choosing auto record option in meetings options.In developmentJune CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Attendee DashboardMeasure meeting and webinar registration and attendance data in the reporting dashboard.Rolling outJune CY2021
Whiteboard: Web TemplatesParticipants in Teams and on Whiteboard for the Web can add a variety of built-in templates for meetings, workshops, decision making, planning, design thinking and more.In developmentJune CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Lower all raised hands.Meeting organizers and presenters will see an option to lower all raised hands from the participant pane.Rolling outJune CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Org wide backgrounds (Preview)Organization-wide backgrounds will now be available in preview. This feature will require an Advanced Communications license when it becomes generally available.In developmentJune CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Prevent PTSN attendees from unmuting in meetingsPresenters and Organizers can now prevent PSTN participants from unmuting. This change also allows PSTN participants to request to speak by raising their hand in a meeting via dial-pad command (press *5).In developmentJune CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Students and educators get a notification when a new Class Notebook page is distributedWe are making a new update that will allow any Educator using Page Distribution in the OneNote client to ensure that all students get a notification in Teams after a page is distributed! This notification will work for educators using the Class Notebook Toolbar in OneNote Windows 10, iPad, Web and Mac.In developmentJune CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Teams Webinars integrate with Dynamics 365 Marketing to enable lead nurturing With this feature, webinar organizers can drive post event engagement with registrants by leveraging Dynamics 365 Marketing. The attendee engagement data syncs with Dynamics 365 Marketing org and enabled automated user journeys. This is only available for users who also have Dynamics 365 Marketing SKU.In developmentJune CY2021
Microsoft Viva: Refinements to related sites displayed on topic pagesDifferentiate between sites that have been pinned by a person, and those that have been suggested for the Topic.In developmentJune CY2021
Microsoft Viva: Sort topics in web partIn the Topics web part, add the ability to sort topics where you have confirmed your connection.In developmentJune CY2021
Microsoft Viva: Updates to multi-geo supportWe can process content that is in all regions and query from all regions. We support region moves. We keep the data in the corresponding regions according to data sovereignty.In developmentJune CY2021
Microsoft Teams:  Chat bubblesChats sent during a Teams meeting will surface on the screens of all meeting participants, making the chat more central to the conversation.In developmentJune CY2021
Whiteboard: Inking improvementsNew improvements and capabilities have been added to the inking experience win Whiteboard for the web. Users can now: Change pen colors, change pen thickness, use highlighter, intelligently convert their ink shapes, use keyboard shortcuts to switch between tools.In developmentJune CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Assign the Presenter Role in Meetings for GCC – HighOrganizers can now assign one or more Presenters in their meetings with the “Who can present?” meeting option.In developmentJune CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Live Transcription with speaker attribution (for additional SKUs)Live transcripts provide another way to follow along with what has been said and who said it. After a meeting, the transcript file is automatically saved in the chat tab for that meeting. We are now expanding this feature to Office 365 E1, Office 365 A1, Office 365/Microsoft 365 A3, Office 365/Microsoft 365 A5, Microsoft 365 F1, Office 365/Microsoft 365 F3, Microsoft 365 Business Basic SKUs.In developmentJune CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Windows 10 Native NotificationsChoose the style of your notifications: built-in Teams or Windows native notifications. The latter brings a suite of benefits, like respecting focus assist mode which enables you to avoid distracting notifications when you need to focus, and integrating with Windows 10 action center to helps you review your notifications in one place.In developmentJune CY2021
Microsoft Teams and PowerPoint for Business: Annotation support in PowerPoint Live in Teams and SlideshowWe are introducing virtual laser pointer and ink annotations so presenters can engage more with their audience by drawing attention or clarifying certain sections of the PowerPoint deck. Just as you would use a physical laser point in a room, PowerPoint Live allows you to effectively point at different places in the presentation so the audience can easily follow along what’s on the slide.Rolling outJune CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Admin notifications for Custom app submissionsWhen a developer submits a custom app for IT admin approval, admins will receive a notification in a dedicated Teams channel, so they can review and take next steps to publish the app.In developmentJune CY2021
Whiteboard: Additional content typesParticipants in Teams and on Web can now insert additional content types such as shapes, images, notes grid, and stickers.Rolling outJune CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Together  Mode ExtensibilityBuild your own scenes that elevate your meeting experience. We believe that by making Together Mode extensible, creators can create immersive scenes and users can go beyond simple video conferencing. Started building your scenes by going to the Developer Portal for Microsoft Teams. Rolling outJune CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Present slides from PowerPoint app for MacPresent your slides directly from the PowerPoint app to a Teams meeting via PowerPoint Live in Teams.In developmentJune CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Power Automate templates to be added to teams templatesTeam templates enable end users to create the right team with predefined channels and preinstalled apps. Select Microsoft provided team templates will include a new Power Automate tab. In the tab, you can find a variety of Power Automate flow templates that support the template type.In developmentJune CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Pairing the channel and the corresponding SharePoint folder name.When renaming a Teams’ channel, the corresponding SharePoint folder will be renamed and reflect the new name. This will help create consistency across Microsoft 365 endpoints, making it easier on users to find their files from anywhere.  This new feature will be available for all Standard and Private channels. For Standard channels – The corresponding folder in SharePoint will be renamed. For Private channels – The corresponding site name and the folder in SharePoint will be renamed. For legacy Teams channels that were renamed prior to this rollout, there will be no change in experience. When a legacy channel is renamed after this release, it will simultaneously rename the corresponding SharePoint folder.In developmentJune CY2021
Microsoft Teams Rooms Managed Services: Room Threat Protection (with MDE)Advanced Threat Protection of MTR devices with Microsoft Defender for EndpointsIn developmentJune CY2021
Microsoft Teams Rooms Managed Services: Vulnerability DetectionDetection of vulnerabilities in MTR devices with Microsoft Defender for EndpointsIn developmentJune CY2021
Microsoft Teams Rooms Managed Services: Security Updates ManagementManaged deployment of security updates based on monitoringIn developmentJune CY2021
Microsoft Teams Rooms Managed Services: Custom Administrative RolesCustom roles to support different types of IT organizations and staffingIn developmentJune CY2021
Microsoft Teams Rooms Managed Services: Managed Firmware Updates (Crestron Devices)Managed firmware updates for Crestron devicesIn developmentJune CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Call Merge for GCCCall Merge gives end users the capability to merge their active unheld 1-1 call into another 1-1 call or another group call. This applies to Teams VOIP calls and PSTN calls.Rolling outJune CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Admins can install Apps in MeetingsWe will enable IT admins to select Teams apps that can be installed in meetings for their organization.Rolling outJune CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Share to Teams from OutlookShare to Teams from Outlook allows you to send a copy of email messages or conversations, including attachments, into Teams chats and channels. Find the Share to Teams option in the Outlook ribbon or the action menu for an email. Share to Teams supports Outlook on the web, Outlook for Windows, and the new Outlook for Mac Preview.In developmentJune CY2021
Microsoft Viva: Improvements for Topic ManagementThis update will empower Knowledge Managers, providing additional metadata for sorting and filtering through the list of topics, including additional quality and usage columns, and segmentation to help manage topics at scale.In developmentJune CY2021
Whiteboard: Now on AndroidMicrosoft Whiteboard provides a freeform intelligent canvas where teams can ideate, create, and collaborate visually via the cloud. Microsoft Whiteboard allows you to write or draw as smoothly as you would with ink, touch, type or pen, while adding text and sticky notes you can type and annotate on. Introducing Microsoft Whiteboard on Android enhances teamwork by allowing all team members to edit and comment directly on the canvas in real time, no matter where they are. In developmentJune CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Approvals TemplatesUser can simply choose a template provided by their tenant admins or a Team Owner when creating a new approval request.In developmentJune CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Get Template Graph APIGet team templates list and team template details via Graph API.In developmentJune CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Availability of Praise for GCCGCC support for Praise.In developmentJune CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Tasks and Task publishing for GCCGCC support for Tasks and Task Publishing.In developmentJune CY2021
Microsoft Teams: New Search experience in mobile appWhen searching in the Teams mobile app, you will receive suggestions as you type. You will also be able to scroll to past and future dates in the calendar using a date picker.In developmentJune CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Mobile app visual updateThe Teams mobile app will get a new visual look and feel that delivers new headers, icons, and styling along with the ability to automatically switch to dark theme when you set your device to dark.In developmentJune CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Organize chats in mobile appIn the Teams mobile app, you will be able to pin chats and filter the Chat list.In developmentJune CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Emoji library and GIFs in mobile appIn the Teams mobile app, there will be an expanding library of emojis, and the ability to trim GIFs directly in the app.In developmentJune CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Intelligent speaker for Microsoft Teams RoomsTeams intelligent speaker for Microsoft Teams Room can identify and differentiate the voices of up to 10 people talking in a meeting room. With these new speakers, attendees can use the transcript to follow along or capture action items.In developmentJune CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Intelligent detection and remediation for Microsoft Teams RoomsAI based remediation of Microsoft Teams Rooms device health issues, made available as part of the managed service in Microsoft Teams Rooms PremiumIn developmentJune CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Personalized room planning for Microsoft Teams RoomsCurated room planning recommendations tailored to customer’s environment and based on historical performance data available as part of the managed service in Microsoft Teams Rooms PremiumIn developmentJune CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Threat detection & Security update management for Microsoft Teams RoomsRoom threat protection (Microsoft Defender for Endpoint) and orchestrated securty updates to heal vulnerabilities on Microsoft Teams Rooms. This is available as part of the managed services in Microsoft Teams Rooms PremiumIn developmentJune CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Teams and Dynamics 365 business process experienceTake advantage of Teams capabilities like chatting, sharing documents, and managing meeting and webinar invites without leaving Dynamics 365 workspace. You can also securely access, update, and share Dynamics 365 records from within Microsoft Teams.In developmentJune CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Approval templatesNew out-of-the-box templates provide a repeatable structure for common approvals such as leave, expense reports, or overtime requests. Admins and team owners can use these as is, customize, or create brand new templates.In developmentJune CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Interoperability with Azure Communication ServicesUse Azure Communications Services to deliver a better customer experience by easily connecting users of a custom-built app with users on Microsoft Teams via voice, video, or chat.In developmentJune CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Automation templates in Teams app storeA new “Automation” category will be added to the Teams app store full of new Power Automate templates, providing an easy starting point for your automation workflows.In developmentJune CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Updates to Dataverse for Teams limits and upgradesWe are increasing the Dataverse for Teams environment limit for larger tenants from the current 500 to 10,000. Also, you will be able to seamlessly upgrade your Dataverse for Teams environments to take advantage of the full premium license capabilities—your existing apps and data are to goIn developmentJune CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Teams user usage report in Teams clientThe Teams user usage report provides users a view into their Teams activities and usage. A user can generate insights and metrics on a per-team and cross-team basis to understand their interaction with peers and across the organization. The reports are generated with privacy in mind, so only the individual user can view their own data.In developmentJune CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Co-author in encrypted docs using Office AppsMultiple users can now simultaneously edit an Office document that has been encrypted using Microsoft Information Protection, including using AutoSave. Co-authoring in encrypted docs is supported through the Office apps, Office Web Apps, and Teams.In developmentJune CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Task publishing checklistTask publishing enables corporate teams to create and publish tasks to, for example, all frontline locations and other configurable attributes of a distributed workforce. Now, corporate teams have the ability to add a checklist to the tasks they publish, enabling them to add rich details on what needs to get done within each task and drive deeper clarity from top down.In developmentJune CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Task publishing editingTask publishing enables corporate teams to create and publish tasks to, for example, all frontline locations and other configurable attributes of a distributed workforce. Corporate teams can now edit published tasks without having to recall the entire task list.In developmentJune CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Attachments to approvalsAttach files to approvals directly from OneDrive and SharePoint, or attach a generic link to content hosted outside of Microsoft 365. Approval is connected to the latest version of the file.In developmentJune CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Markdown support in approvalsFor approvals, use Markdown formatting in adaptive cards and the details view, to ensure all approvals are formatted correctly.In developmentJune CY2021
Microsoft Teams and Forms: Word Cloud for Polls in TeamsWhen users have collected responses for an open text poll in a Teams meeting, word cloud data insight will be available to help them get a quick view on the top text phrases people answered.In developmentJune CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Data reports for polls after Teams meetingIf user has used Forms poll in a Teams meeting, a summary report for all the polls used in this meeting will be generated and shared with meeting organizer and presenters.In developmentJune CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Data reports after Teams meeting classIf a teacher has used Forms polls in a Teams meeting class, a summary report for all the polls used in this meeting will be generated and shared with teacher.In developmentJune CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Share to Microsoft Teams from OutlookSend a copy of email messages or conversations, including attachments, into Teams chats and channels or start a Teams chat related to a specific email message. Share to Teams supports Outlook on the web, Outlook for Windows, and the new Outlook for Mac Preview.In developmentJune CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Role based Access scoping on devices categoryThis feature allows you to delegate admin roles to specific members.In developmentJune CY2021
Microsoft 365 admin center: Global Usage report for Microsoft TeamsA new report will be made available with both tenant level aggregation and per-team level details to enable admins to get an overall picture of how the organization is using teams within Microsoft Teams.In developmentJune CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Prompt to set Meeting Options for Large Teams Meetings in Outlook for Windows in GCC-HighTeams users in Outlook for Windows will be prompted to set meeting options when organizing Teams meetings for 40 or more participants or 10 or more distribution lists.In developmentJune CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Improvements to the “Create a Microsoft Team from SharePoint” experienceEnhance existing Microsoft 365 Groups with Teams functionality, directly from SharePoint team sites.In developmentJune CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Tasks in Teams in GCCTasks for Information Workers in Teams—Tasks in Teams gives you a new unified view of your personal and team tasks, powered by Planner and To Do. It consolidates your tasks across Microsoft To Do, Planner and Outlook. Smart lists like Assigned to me bring tasks together across different task lists, whether you’re on desktop or mobile.In developmentJune CY2021
Microsoft Planner:  Tasks for Information Workers in Teams in GCCTasks for Information Workers in Teams—Tasks in Teams gives you a new unified view of your personal and team tasks, powered by Planner and To Do. It consolidates your tasks across Microsoft To Do, Planner and Outlook. Smart lists like Assigned to me bring tasks together across different task lists, whether you’re on desktop or mobile.In developmentJune CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Create a task from a message in Microsoft TeamsQuickly create tasks right from any Microsoft Teams chat or channel conversation without having to switch apps or windows. Select More options on a Teams message to choose ‘Create task’ and track in the Tasks app in Teams.In developmentJune CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Microsoft Graph API for Teams Export (Preview)Enterprise Information Archiving (EIA) for Microsoft Teams is a key scenario for our customer as it allows them to solve for retention, indexing, e-discovery, classification, and regulatory requirements. The Teams Export API allows the export of Teams Messages (1:1 and group chat) along with attachments (file links and sticker), emojis, GIFs and user @Mentions. This API supports polling daily Teams messages and allows archiving of deleted messages up to 30 days.In developmentJune CY2021
Microsoft Teams: IP Based audio/video support for Microsoft Teams Rooms on WindowsIP based audio and video devices can be selected as sources in Teams Rooms making device installation and deployment easier, by avoiding long USB cable runs and use of USB extenders.In developmentJune CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Teams casting for Microsoft Teams Rooms on WindowsFor quick ad-hoc sessions that don’t necessarily require setting up a formal meeting, people can use Teams casting to wirelessly connect to a Teams Room running on Windows, and display content from their mobile phone. Users can broadcast their screen and cast content stored on locally on their device or accessible via Office 365.In developmentJune CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Access files offline on mobileThe Teams mobile app now allows you to access files even when you are offline or in bad network conditions. Simply select the files you need access to, and Teams will keep a downloaded version to use in your mobile app. You will find all your files that are available offline in the files section of the app.In developmentJune CY2021
Microsoft Teams: New Power Automate entry points in-TeamsUsers will soon be able to use message extensions and message actions to start building a Power Automate flow from a template.In developmentJune CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Device management automatic alerting in Teams Admin CenterDevice management automatic alerting  provides more efficiency in  identifying devices issues by triggering notifications that can be turned into an immediate correction action.In developmentJune CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Transfer Calls between desktop and mobileTransfer calls between desktop and mobile allows a user to move their call between devices.In developmentJune CY2021
Whiteboard: Migrating previously created boardsTenants in locations that are currently storing new whiteboards in European datacenters will have previously created whiteboards migrated to European datacenters.In developmentJune CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Room Remote for Microsoft Teams Rooms on WindowsControl in-room meeting devices using a new experience on the Teams mobile app. Controls include: turn mic on/off, turn camera on/off, adjust audio, leave the meeting.In developmentJune CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Meeting room capacity notifications for Microsoft Teams RoomAlerts in-room meeting participants if the room is over-capacity based on data defined in a room account. Not all cameras will support this feature.In developmentJune CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Guest Access in DoDTeams now supports Guest Access between tenants inside the DoD Cloud.In developmentJune CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Virtual Breakout Rooms for DoDMeeting hosts can create breakout rooms to be used by meeting participants for smaller group discussion. They can assign participants to a room and call them back to the larger group when the breakout is complete.In developmentJune CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Approvals in TeamsGet to results faster with Approvals in Microsoft Teams. Easily create, manage, share, and act on approvals directly from your hub for teamwork.In developmentJune CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Live reactions in Teams Meetings for GCC – HighReact during a meeting using emojis that will appear to all participants.In developmentJune CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Offline access for filesUsers can now access previously opened files even when there is no internet connectivity.In developmentJune CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Answer Meeting Nudges with Video for iOSThis feature brings the ability for iOS devices to automatically answer incoming meeting nudges with their video on. The feature availability is controlled through AutoAnswerwithVideo.In developmentJune CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Speed Dial for mobileSpeed dial is coming to mobile devices. This feature makes your most used calling contacts easy to access with one tap dialing.In developmentJune CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Security, compliance, and data protection capabilities for appsFor Microsoft 365 Certified Teams apps, admins can view security, compliance, and data protection capabilities in a new tab on the app’s detail page in the Teams Admin Center. This transparency gives Microsoft customers trust in the applications that run their organizations and ISVs an opportunity to showcase their hard work in becoming M365 Certified.In developmentJune CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Roaming bandwidth controlRoaming bandwidth control is a new capability that allows admins to set dynamic bandwidth policies which are based upon the geographic location of users’ Teams clients. This allows admins to set more limited bandwidth controls for when users travel to remote or bandwidth constrained locations, and then relax limitations when they travel to a location with higher bandwidth capacity.  Initially two settings from the Teams Meeting Policy will be included – AllowIPVideo, andMediaBitRateKb.In developmentJune CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Support open-text question poll for Teams meetingFor Microsoft Forms poll in Teams meeting, there is a new question type – open text.  You can use this question type to collect attendees’ open-ended information before/during/after the meeting.In developmentJune CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Suggested Replies in chatsSuggested replies presents users with up to three recommended responses to choose from in the context of a chat. This functionality will be enabled by default for teachers and faculty, and completely disabled for all students.In developmentJuly CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Dual-tone multi-frequency support for VDI (Citrix only)Dual-tone       multi-frequency (DTMF)       for Teams on Citrix dial an outside number via dialer. Call is connected       but DTMF is not sent. For example, if user is trying to use Teams to join       a Teams meeting by dialing the PSTN number, the conference ID cannot be       entered.  In developmentJuly CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Left navigation updates in Teams Admin CenterTo make it easier to find Team’s features and navigate your Teams organization, we reorganized the left navigation based on user studies and customer feedback.In developmentJuly CY2021
Microsoft Teams: EDU tailored deployment plan in Teams AdvisorEDU IT Administrators can use a tailored plan to deploy Teams to their organizationIn developmentJuly CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Public Preview: Teams follow Office previewPublic Preview has provided IT admins with the ability to allow their users to receive preview features before they are released to the public. Coming up in June 2021, not only can users be opted-in to use Teams Public Preview, but IT admins can even configure Teams users preview state to follow Office preview state. All of this functionality will be accessible from the Teams Admin Center.In developmentJuly CY2021
Microsoft Teams: New assignment experience in modal window for Breakout RoomsEnhanced UX for participant assignment. This includes new capabilities such as sorting participants and rooms and performing multiple selections and assignments to rooms.In developmentJuly CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Real time data for Teams Meetings in Teams Admin Center (Preview)Real-time data for live events for troubleshooting and immediate remediation.In developmentJuly CY2021
Microsoft Search: Find a meeting recording based on what was saidFor a Teams meeting that was recorded to OneDrive & SharePoint and was also transcribed live during the meeting you can now search in Microsoft Search to find the meeting recording file based on the transcript.In developmentJuly CY2021
Microsoft Teams: RTMP Streaming SupportEnables support for your users to stream their Teams      meetings to large audiences through RTMP, including endpoints outside your      organization.In developmentJuly CY2021
Microsoft Viva: Control visibility of suggested topicsThis update will empower knowledge managers to enable or prevent general visibility of AI-suggested topics.In developmentJuly CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Chat preview notification settings, Government CloudsUsers can change settings and manage previews for their chat notification toasts.In developmentJuly CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Whiteboard integration with AssignmentsDigital whiteboards give educators and students a canvas to spark creativity and collaboration. Now, educators can include a Whiteboard as reference material or the content type of a Teams assignment.In developmentJuly CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Revised in-meeting Share experience for GCC-HighThe user interface for the in-meeting Share feature in Microsoft Teams has been redesigned to help presenters find their desired content more quickly and easily.In developmentJuly CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Revised in-meeting Share experience in DODThe user interface for the in-meeting Share feature in Microsoft Teams has been redesigned to help presenters find their desired content more quickly and easily.In developmentJuly CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Large meeting support for GCC-High and DoDHold interactive meetings and webinars with more attendees—up to 1,000.In developmentJuly CY2021
Microsoft Teams: New default for Teams notification styleTeams notification style will be defaulted to native notifications for new users. Currently the default style is Teams purple, with this change to native notifications the user will benefit from support for assist mode, action center, accessibility and more. In developmentJuly CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Video Streams Out via AJA or Blackmagic Design Hardware.Isolated video streams can be sent out of Teams meetings via AJA and Blackmagic Design hardware devices.In developmentJuly CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Missed Activity Email in DODMissed activity email enables the user to stay on top of their Microsoft Teams notifications. A missed activity email is generated in case a user is away from Microsoft teams and has not reviewed their notifications. A user can choose to receive Missed activity emails by going to settings – notifications – choosing the frequency.In developmentJuly CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Shared channels now supports tabs for third-party/custom appsMicrosoft Teams Connect shared channels now support tabs built by 3P/custom apps. Developers will be able to configure their apps to support this capability in advance of the public rollout of Teams Connect, which is slated for release later this year. In developmentJuly CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Cortana now available for EDU customersCortana voice assistance in the Teams mobile app is now available for EDU customers in en-US to help you streamline communication, collaboration, and class-related tasks in school using spoken natural language. With Cortana voice assistance, you can call someone or perform class-related tasks, you can message someone or send message to your class. Also, you can find and share files, and search or navigate within the Teams mobile app.In developmentJuly CY2021
Microsoft Viva: Exclude content from topic discovery based off applied sensitivity labelsUse Microsoft Information Protection (MIP) sensitivity labels to control which files should not be included in topic discovery.In developmentJuly CY2021
Microsoft Viva: Topics in Microsoft Search in BingDisplay topic cards in search results when Microsoft Search is invoked from a Bing search.In developmentJuly CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Music on Hold for Consult/TransferMusic on Hold for Consult/Transfer scenarios ensures that users placed on hold will hear music while consultation and transfer occurs, ensuring that the caller knows that the call is still active.In developmentJuly CY2021
Whiteboard: Additional facilitation featuresParticipants in Teams and on Web will have additional facilitation features.In developmentJuly CY2021
Microsoft Defender for Office 365: Safe Links Protection for Microsoft TeamsThe power of Safe Links will now be available to protect users from malicious links sent via Microsoft Teams.In developmentJuly CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Microsoft Teams classes LTI application for educational learning managements systems (LMS)Microsoft Teams classes LTI app helps educators and students easily navigate between their Learning Management Systems and Teams. Users can access their class teams associated with their course directly from within their LMS.In developmentJuly CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Inline Message Translation in channels for iOSInline message translation in Channels lets users translate Channel posts and replies into their preferred language. To translate a message, press-and-hold the channel post or reply and then select “Translate”. The post/reply will be translated to your UI language by default. If you want to change the translation language, go to Settings General  Translation.Rolling outJuly CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Inline Message Translation in channels for AndroidInline message translation in Channels lets users translate Channel posts and replies into their preferred language. To translate a message, press-and-hold the channel post or reply and then select “Translate”. The post/reply will be translated to your UI language by default. If you want to change the translation language, go to Settings General  Translation.Rolling outJuly CY2021
Microsoft Teams: End-to-end encryption option for Teams 1:1 VoIP CallsTeams will support an option to use end-to-end encryption (E2EE) for ad hoc 1:1 Teams VoIP calls, providing an additional option for conducting sensitive online conversations. To support customer security and compliance requirements, IT will have full control of who can use E2EE in the organization.In developmentJuly CY2021
Microsoft 365 compliance center: Information governance – Retention policies for Microsoft Teams private channelsThis update enables organizations to apply an organization-wide retention policy on Teams private channel messages.In developmentJuly CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Teams webinar capabilities for GCCSchedule and deliver 1,000 person webinars with the same Teams app you use for meetings! Webinar capabilities support registration page creation, email confirmation for registrants, host management for attendee video and audio, attendance report, plus interactive features like polls, chat and reactions.In developmentJuly CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Guest Access in GCC – HighTeams now supports Guest Access between tenants inside the GCC-H Cloud.In developmentJuly CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Lower all raised hands for GCC-High and DoDMeeting organizers and presenters will see an option to lower all raised hands from the participant pane.In developmentJuly CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Immersive reader support for MobileImmersive Reader, which uses proven customization techniques to support reading across ages and abilities, is coming to Teams iOS and Android apps. You can now hear posts and chat messages read aloud using Immersive Reader on the Teams mobile apps. This functionality was previously available only on the web and desktop apps.In developmentJuly CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Top hits in Search AutosuggestTop hits is a new section at the top of the autosuggest results in search where users will see the most relevant results across people, chats, files and more. This feature will improve discovery and reduce search times.In developmentJuly CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Direct app purchases and invoice billing support in Teams Admin CenterAdmins can complete orders for paid app licenses directly within Teams Admin Center. In addition, invoice billing is a new supported payment method.In developmentJuly CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Day view in calendar on iOS and Android.View      all meetings and events for the day to easily see when you’re available or      busy.In developmentJuly CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Speaker Attribution in Live Transcript in Teams Meetings in GCC CloudsTeams Meetings in GCC clouds will now have live transcript utterances attributed to the speaker of the utterance.In developmentJuly CY2021
Microsoft Viva: Select sensitivity label to exclude sites from topic discoveryUse Microsoft Information Protection (MIP) sensitivity labels to control which sites should not be included in topic discovery.In developmentAugust CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Teams Network planner for government cloudsNetwork Planner can help you determine and organize network requirements for connecting Microsoft Teams users across your organization. When you provide your network details and Teams usage, the Network Planner calculates your network requirements for deploying Teams and cloud voice across your organization’s physical locations.In developmentAugust CY2021
Whiteboard: User ExperienceParticipants in Teams and on Whiteboard for the web will see a new, refreshed user experience.In developmentAugust CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Microsoft Teams meetings LTI application for educational learning management systems (LMS)Microsoft Teams meetings LTI app helps educators and students easily incorporate Teams meetings into their Learning Management System course. Users can view past & upcoming meetings, schedule individual or recurring meetings, and join the Teams meetings related to the course all from within their LMS.In developmentAugust CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Group AssignmentsWith the new group assignment feature you can organize your students into groups so they can work together to create, collaborate and submit the same work – like a Whiteboard file or Word document. Each student in the group gets the credit and recognition for having turned in their work.In developmentAugust CY2021
Microsoft Viva: Use Syntex taxonomy to generate topicsSelect terms from the taxonomy service to initiate creation of Viva topics, using the term definitions and tagged files.In developmentAugust CY2021
Microsoft Viva: Accelerated publishing for topic curationEdits on topics or new, manually added topics will appear in Manage Topics view and for end users to discover within minutes.In developmentAugust CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Branch Office Survivability on Teams phonesTeams phone users in a Branch Office can make PSTN Calls to other users even if Branch office loses internet connectivity.In developmentAugust CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Video filtersBefore joining a meeting, you can use filters to subtly adjust lighting levels and smooth out facial features to customize your appearance.In developmentAugust CY2021
Microsoft Teams: Related Content for Teams Meetings (iOS and Android)Related Content makes meetings more effective by providing customers with important information from their mailboxes, OneDrive for Business and SharePoint sites. This helps them prepare before their meetings by offering them content they haven’t had a chance to read or may want to revisit. During the meeting, they can easily access relevant content to share, present, or reference. After the meeting, they can catch-up on completed meetings by returning to content presented during the meeting, sent meeting notes, and other high-utility related content.In developmentAugust CY2021

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