Microsoft Teams group chat software in Office 365 is being used by more and more companies around the world. Many competitors like Slack or the newest WhatsApp Business are always catching up in solutions and functionalities (for more information on this topic read the blogs: “Will WhatsApp Business threaten the supremacy of Microsoft Teams? “ and “Is Microsoft Teams overcoming Slack?”). However, Teams is always getting better and better, also because it is continuously improving its functionalities in order to respond to the feedbacks and needs of customers. In 2018, the latest version had been released and it is plenty of new and exciting features.
So, if you don’t want to have a look and read the whole roadmap, then here you have a short and selective overview of what has been added and improved.
Control who can post in General
There are new settings for the General Channel in a Team. Doesn’t matter how big the team is, or how many active members it has. But being able to have the control as a team owner on who can post and who can not, is a useful function to better manage the dynamics in the team and in the channel. Indeed, the Team owner can decide who can post in the General Channel and can even give warnings when a post notifies everyone.
The developers added also new keyboard shortcuts. Using keyboard shortcuts is a fastest way to work in Microsoft Teams. Do you remember the feeling when you first learned that instead of clicking right with the mouse and select “copy” and then clicking right again and select “paste” you could have just used the keyboard Ctrl-C and then Ctrl-V? Well, if you felt excited a that time, then try out some keyboard shortcuts also when working in Microsoft Teams. Once learned the combination, everything will much faster!
Another novelty for 2018 is the possibility to hide chats. If you have a lot of chats and maybe some of them are no more active or just useless or maybe old, but you still do not want to delete them, then now you can just hide them tide up your chatbar. Just click on the 3 dots next to the chat and select “Hide”.
They also added a few new features to Meetings. For example, you can now mute your colleagues: just click on them and select Mute Participant, but remember that they can unmute themselves if needed.
Moreover, now you can easily make calls and video calls between Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business. If you were used to make online meetings with Skype for Business and you particularly liked the functionality of sharing your screen with other participants, from now on you can also share your screen while in a video call in Microsoft Teams. So, no need to shift to Skype.
The new Who bot
Who is a brilliant feature for learning more about your colleagues. You can ask Who many questions to find quickly information about who to contact, who is working on a project specifically, find the right expertise about a topic, find people you need to contact and many other things. All you have to do is just ask Who. Go to the Microsoft Teams Store, search for Who and install.
Stay tuned for future updates on Microsoft Teams!