It can be difficult to keep up with new features and updates from Microsoft across their suite of applications. To make it easier for you, we’ve put together the top feature releases to look out for this coming month.
Automatically End Stale Teams Meetings
If a user is the sole participant in a meeting that has been identified as stale, the user will see a dialog prompting to end the call or dismiss the notification. If no action is taken, the meeting will automatically end.
Pop Out Shared Content in Meetings
You will soon be able to pop out shared meeting content in a separate window.
Usability Improvements to In-Meeting Notifications
Teams will be simplifying the in-meeting notification displays where you are informed about what you need to know or do without causing unnecessary distraction.
Language interpretation will allow language interpreters to translate what the speaker says into another language in real time without disrupting the original flow of the speaker. This will allow more inclusive meetings, where participants who may not speak the same language can fully collaborate with each other.
Pre-assign Channel Members to Breakout Rooms
Organisers will be able to pre-assign participants to a breakout room within Channel meetings for channel members not explicitly invited to the meeting. Currently, pre-assignments can only be completed for participants invited to the meeting.
External Access Chat Invitation Flow for Managed Organisations
When receiving a new one-on-one chat from an external user, you will see an invitation to accept or block the external user. This also provides the ability to block external users at any point, which revokes access to presence and incoming messages.
Choose Preferred Download Location for Files
You will be able to select a preferred, default download location for downloaded files from Teams. This is only applicable on the desktop client. Teams on the web will continue to honour the setting in the browser.
Data Export within Approvals App
Through the approvals app you will be able to export your approval data within a selected time period.
Microsoft Edge Sidebar
The Microsoft Edge sidebar will allow you to access Edge features side-by-side with the browsing window. Available features include Discover, Bing search, Outlook, Office, and Tools such as a unit converter and internet speed test. Administrators can control the availability of the Microsoft Edge sidebar by using the HubsSidebarEnabled policy.
Reactions to Emails
Thumbs up, laugh, heart, celebrate, or shed a tear in reaction to emails in Outlook. Apply your sentiment and see the reaction of others in emails in Outlook without sending or receiving incremental emails.
FindTime Add-in is Moving to a Native Feature Called Meeting Polls
The FindTime add-in will now be a native feature called Meeting Polls. Meeting Polls will be enabled by default for all Outlook users. You’ll be able to use Meeting Polls to choose specific time slots and share those with people inside and outside your organisation so you can schedule a meeting with them.
New Site Templates for Team Sites
Microsoft are introducing three new SharePoint team site templates dedicated to helping you create sites for IT helpdesks, crisis communication teams, and new employee onboarding.
Convert Word/PDF form or Quiz to Microsoft Forms Survey
This feature will allow you to convert an existing survey or quiz in Word or a PDF into Microsoft Forms. After import, you can still edit as needed before collecting responses.
This new feature will support booking appointments when multiple staff are available.
You’ll be able to configure your tasks to occur on a regular cadence in Planner.
Stream Web App
The Stream web app will improve how you view and publish video and audio files that are uploaded to Teams, Yammer, OneDrive, and SharePoint. The app and player experience will work seamlessly with Office.com and brings key features of Stream (classic) into SharePoint. You will be able to easily prepare your video for publishing with a title and description right under the video, set the custom thumbnail, add chapters, generate a transcript, share videos, and even share your video at a specific time code. Office.com and Share links to video and audio files across Microsoft 365 will get this updated experience automatically replacing the previous player page.
To note: whilst these features are expected to be released in August, the process of rolling them out to all users can take time. Occasionally features can be delayed.