Microsoft has announced the following updates to improve the Teams meeting and chat experience:

  1. Easily access meeting options from within a Teams meeting in progress, Roadmap ID 63334
    • Rolling out at the end of April
  2. Download a participant report in a Teams meeting, Roadmap ID 63351
    • Rolling out early May
  3. Audio playing on presenter device will be shared in the live event, Roadmap ID 63276
    • Rolling out at the end of April
  4. Screen Share from Chat, Roadmap ID 63193
    • Rolling out early May

 

1. Easily access meeting options from within a Teams meeting in progress

Microsoft is making it easier for meeting organizers to quickly and easily change their presenter and lobby settings once a Teams meeting starts by providing an easy to access link directly in the participants pane. This new functionality will be present for both scheduled and “Meet Now” meetings.

 

2. Download a participant report in a Teams meeting

Meeting organizers, especially teachers, often need to know who joined their Teams meetings. Soon you will be able to download a participant report, found in the roster view that includes join and leave times for participants. Available in the roster view, meeting organizers can download the report that includes those users who joined while the organizer was present. This feature is only available with the meeting while the meeting is active. Available on desktop (Windows and Mac) and the web.

The default for the feature will be DISABLED. An Admin will need to turn this on through a PowerShell cmdlet to be able to utilize this feature.

 

3. Audio playing on presenter device will be shared in the live event

Today, if you are screen sharing content with audio in a Live Event, attendees won’t be able to hear the audio of that content. With Share System Audio in Live Events, your live event attendees will now be able to hear the audio of the content that you are screen sharing. This feature works just like share system audio in Teams Meetings. Once enable, any audio that is playing on the user’s machine will be shared in the live event for participants to hear.

Note: This feature will only be available for Presenters/Producers in a Live Event joining from the Windows Desktop Teams Client with ScreenSharingMode set to “Single application” or “Entire screen”.

 

4. Screen Share from Chat

The option to start a screen share from a 1:1 or group chat will now be governed by the ScreenSharingMode policy. Further, the ability to “add audio” to a screen share from chat session (if you want to talk to someone while screen sharing) will be governed by a user’s AllowPrivateCalling setting. This ensures that users who have AllowPrivateCalling disabled cannot start audio calls via screen share from chat.

 

Our Thoughts

No surprises that as April, “the month of Teams”, continues and educational use of Teams expands at breakneck speed we are seeing more updates that benefit teaches and students in eLearning scenarios.  We also recently reported on the upcoming “raise hand” feature, also clearly targeted at the education market. We are aware of a number of schools struggling with Teams at the moment, raising the importance of such releases over the coming weeks and months.

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