Microsoft Teams updates: end-to-end encryption, 1000-person interactive webinars, and more

Microsoft announced a lot of exciting product updates at Ignite earlier this month, and many of these are now generally available. In this article we will cover the updates in video calls on Microsoft Teams.

End-to-end encryption

Microsoft Teams will bring end-to-end encryption for one-to-one calls. It will become available to commercial customers in the first half of the year in test mode. In the future, it is planned to expand the option to scheduled calls and online meetings.

Interactive webinars and “view-only” mode

Another innovation is interactive webinars with up to 1000 participants. The update includes new opportunities for conducting presentations, organizing registration for webinars, administering them, as well as generating reports on the results of the event. If you need to connect an even larger audience, you can switch to the “view only” broadcast mode, which will cover up to 20,000 people.

When the capacity of the main meeting has been reached, the meeting organizer and presenters will see a banner informing them that new attendees will join as view-only attendees. Credit: Microsoft
When the capacity of the main meeting has been reached, meeting attendees will be informed on the pre-join screen that they’re joining in view-only mode. Credit: Microsoft

PowerPoint Live

The new PowerPoint Live option will provide the ability to deliver more effective presentations by making your notes, slides, chat, and attendee list available in a single window. Viewers will be able to set up an online conference: get acquainted with the content at their own pace and use the high-contrast mode.

Presenter mode will allow presenters to customize the display of video and content to the audience. Credit: Microsoft

Other new options coming soon:

  • Standout, which shows a video of the speaker in front of the content.
  • Reporter, which shows content as an auxiliary visualization above the speaker’s shoulder.
  • Side-by-side, which shows the presenter’s video next to the content.

Microsoft Teams and Dynamics 365 integration includes Teams collaboration capabilities in Dynamics 365 modules such as Sales, Marketing, Human Resources, Commerce, Field Service, and Customer Service. In particular, users will have access to improved digital sales tools in Dynamics 365 Sales, reporting of events held in Microsoft Teams directly from Dynamics 365 Marketing, and much more.

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