With the news that more than 13 million people use Teams every day, it has definitely been an exciting month for Microsoft Teams. Microsoft is always improving in Teams, and during the month of July, users received many new features. Here's a look at everything that was new to Microsoft teams in July 2019.
New features in Chat and collaboration
At the top of the list of changes there was a new ability to use priority notifications. With this function, you can ensure that the most critical messages are not lost. You can send an urgent message to someone and you will be notified every two minutes for every 20 minutes. An unlimited version of this feature is available to all Teams users until the end of this year, but is subject to the license terms.
Another novelty in Teams in July was the ability to get anyone's attention in a chat or channel without the need to "@" them. You can now type your name with an uppercase letter to label them.
Final on the chat and collaboration side was the moderation of the channel. With this feature, team owners can now add members as moderators to the channels. These moderators can create posts on a channel and control who can respond.
Call functions, meetings and live events
In addition to the chat and collaboration functions, Microsoft also added new calls, meetings and live events are presented to teams in July.
Leading this area is the ability to use live subtitles to give subtitles during Microsoft Teams live events and meetings. The feature is still in private preview, but users attending meetings can read the subtitles of the speakers in up to 50 languages in real time, which helps improve accessibility in meetings.
Another new feature added in July was live event usage reports. Team administrators can now see trends in an organization, such as usage information and event status, as well.
Finally, there were some updates in Microsoft Teams Rooms. The application was updated to version 188.8.131.52 in July and was renamed Skype Room System V2. There were several user interface updates, as well as the ability to use Microsoft Whiteboard.
Other changes for teams in July include a new network planner for IT administrators to see the network requirements to deploy computers. Meanwhile, Firstline Workers enjoyed a new ability to get in and out of work with a time clock feature in Teams Shifts.
There were also several changes in Teams for Government and Department of Defense. These include support for external access, live events, unified presence in Teams and Skype for Business. It is important to note that interoperability was also added to the 1: 1 chat between Teams and Skype for Business chats in Teams for Government GCC High and DOD.
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