In 2021 Microsoft introduced a number of improvements in its software. Additionally, it also enhanced Microsoft Teams compatibility with various devices. In this article we are going to discuss some of the Microsoft Teams updates for devices.
Microsoft Teams Rooms update for Windows
The following new capabilities are available in the version 188.8.131.52 of the app.
- Voice assistance
If you always has a bunch of tabs and applications opened, or your hands are constantly occupied with coffee or stationery, then this update will be helpful for you. Cortana voice assistance allows meeting attendees use voice assistance to join and end their meetings without touching the computer. To make this request hands-free all you have to do is say “Cortana, join/end my meeting.”
- Share HDMI audio
Great news for those who connect to Teams Rooms via HDMI. This long-awaited feature allows users to share the audio from their PC into the Teams meeting.
- Control Teams meeting Spotlight from console
Teams meeting Spotlight feature identifies one member of the meeting as the spotlight and locks their video for all of the meeting participants. This option is great for teachers or for meeting organizers who have something to explain or present to the team. You can control this feature from the Teams Room console control.
Teams phones: a better meeting experience
Microsoft has released several updates for its devices in 2021. This set of updates is relevant to all owners of conference phones, like Yealink, that has recently announced their compatibility with Microsoft Teams.
“Yealink’s new phones with the Teams application are a great addition to our existing line of phones for Skype for business. We are happy to see Yealink’s continued commitment to enhancing Microsoft’s collaboration capabilities on devices. We look forward to working together to help our collective customers realize the vision of intelligent communications.” – Bob Davis, Corporate Vice President, Office 365 Engineering Microsoft
Also, Teams phones added a couple of new video layouts, such as 3×3 gallery view, large gallery view and Together mode. This feature allows up to 49 participants of the Teams meeting on the limited-sized screens of the conference phones. Together mode will allow meeting attendees to get together in a virtual shared space. All of these options enable background view for a less distracted experience of a video call.
Thanks to Microsoft Teams updates in devices, new features facilitate our daily use of our gadgets for virtual collaboration.