All new for Microsoft Teams from October 2022

What do you want to know

  • Microsoft delivered a long list of features to Teams in October.
  • The platform now supports viewing shared content during meetings, an improved companion mode for Android users, and many other new options.
  • Teams now supports in-platform video clips and suggested replies in group chats.

Microsoft Teams is used by millions of people every month, and it regularly gains new features to provide a better experience. Every month, Microsoft brings together all the new features of the application in a roundup (opens in a new tab). At the beginning of November, Microsoft delivered its usual summary.

Sit down and grab your favorite drink, because it’ll be a while to go through everything that shipped to Microsoft Teams in the last month.

Meetings

Since meetings are central to the Teams experience, Microsoft added several features to them last month. Meeting hosts and presenters can now assign seats in Together mode. It is also possible to have shared meeting content appear in separate windows.

Teams Premium now also supports real-time translation for 40 spoken languages.

  • Assign seats in Together mode
  • View shared content in a separate window
  • Live translated captions in Teams Premium
  • Updated companion mode for Android users

Call

Teams now offers a more detailed call history, including how a call came in and whether it was forwarded or forwarded. Call history can also show recordings and transcripts.

  • Detailed call history
  • Creating contact groups in the Calls app

Certified devices

A few devices certified for Microsoft Teams were rolled out last month, including a conference room companion, a pair of headphones, and a frame.

  • Crestron Flex
  • Headphones Sony YY2969
  • Neat frame

Chat and collaboration

Microsoft combined the best of Microsoft Teams templates with SharePoint site templates in October. The company also added the ability for tenant admins to set Adobe Acrobat as the default application in the Teams admin center for PDFs.

Suggested replies are now available in Teams, allowing users to select generated messages with a single click. Teams has also supported video clips, which are short videos that you can quickly edit directly in the app before sending.

  • Microsoft 365 Connected Models
  • Adobe PDF experience
  • Suggested answers in group chat
  • Video clip
  • Delete or rename files in a channel and in your OneDrive folder in Teams
  • Teams calendar now includes scheduling form popups

Power Platform and custom development

Developers also have new tools to use in Teams.

  • ISV app subscriptions instead of 3P app subscriptions in Teams Admin Center
  • Streamlined app update experience
  • Teams platform applications in one-to-one VOIP calls
  • Teams platform applications in group VOIP calls
  • Zero Installation Link Deployment

Management

Usage analytics for Teams admins and users have been updated. Microsoft has updated the Teams admin center usage reports and end user analytics in Teams to have the same data source as the Microsoft 365 admin center Teams usage reports.

  • Improved usage analytics for Teams admins and users
  • Improved app usage reporting – support for Line of Business apps

education teams

Microsoft has fully separate blog post (opens in a new tab) for Teams for Education, but he also highlighted a single feature.

  • Education Insights – Student Support Map

Front line workers

Microsoft added a small handful of features for frontline workers last month. Approval creators can now save a request as a PDF and easily print it. List users can now also create and manage approval requests in SharePoint lists.

  • PDF approvals can be saved, printed and forwarded
  • Approvals in built-in SharePoint lists
  • Assign approvals to a tag in Teams
  • Rich notes in the Tasks field

Government

Many features rolled out to government Teams customers in October. As a reminder, most options head to other versions of Teams first and then ship to government users. The following items are shipped to US Government Community Cloud (GCC), US Government Community Cloud High (GCC-High), and/or United States Department of Defense (DoD) customers.

  • Improved app usage reporting – support for Line of Business apps
  • Improved app usage reporting – support for Line of Business apps
  • Live Share SDK support for meeting extensions
  • Text prediction for Teams mobile in GCC-High and DoD
  • Connectors in GCC
  • Firefox Meetings support for outgoing screen sharing
  • Updated companion mode for Android users for GCC, GCC-High and DoD

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