Adding a guest to MS Teams and other new features

Posted on Tuesday, May 19, 2020

MS Teams


Add a guest to your team

Need to collaborate with others from outside uOttawa? If email isn’t enough, and an external partner/vendor/guest could benefit from participating in channel chats, private chats and sharing channel files with your team, you can now add a guest to a team in Teams.

A few other newly released features

  • Assignments tabCreate assignments for students and manage timelines, instructions and details from within Teams.
  • Background effects: Messy home office? No problem! You can now blur your background or change it entirely by selecting from available images. Pro tip: if you’re computer savvy, you can even upload your own custom backgrounds.
  • End the meetingIf you’re the meeting organizer, you can now end the meeting for everyone with the click of a button.
  • Pop out window chat: Take part in numerous conversations at once, pop out chat conversations into separate chat windows. 
  • Raise hand feature: The raise hand feature is now available for Teams meetings and it allows users to enable a visual cue when they want to contribute to the conversation or ask a question. 
  • 3x3 gallery view: Instead of four participants, the new 3x3 gallery view allows nine participants to appear at on-screen during a Teams meeting.

But wait there’s more! Microsoft is constantly developing and releasing new features and enhancements. Some new features that we are looking at and anticipating include: attendance tracking, Teams Live, Teams Stream, breakout rooms and so much more!

Learn more about Microsoft Teams and how it can help empower connections and collaborations.

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