What’s New on Microsoft Teams – Fall 2021

Posted on Wednesday, November 17, 2021

New Look, New Feel, New Search Results Page

Introducing an upgraded search results experience in teams desktop! With the new easy-to-navigate display, you will find files, messages, people and files faster. Some features of the results page include better context, faster results, improved filtering with AI and search cross platform.

New Search Results page in MS Teams.
Together mode 

The new Together mode feature on Teams is helping participants feel closer together when they are apart. This reimagined meeting tool includes scene selection to take your team through a variety of virtual locations. It’s as easy as choosing a background, setting the tone, and voilà! You’ve designed a unique meeting experience.

Try it out!

Meeting using together mode makes it look like the attendees are in a real conference room with natural light.

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New look, new feel, all-new Whiteboard 

A completely rebuilt Whiteboard now ensures you have a rich visual collaboration workspace. Some of its new features? 

  • Ability to insert images and shapes 
  • Insert documents like PowerPoint presentations 
  • 8 brand new reactions 
  • 40+ customizable templates 
  • Annotate with 15+ pen and highlighter colours 

Bring your ideas to life with this fresh take on the Whiteboard! Now available in Teams desktop, mobile and web.

Whiteboard on Teams with different annotation features.

Photo credit : Microsoft Teams Blog

Live Transcript for Meet Now and Channel meetings 

Accessibility is essential. To ensure inclusivity in our workspace, Teams now has Live Transcripts available for unscheduled meetings and Channel meetings. For Meet Now meetings, you can download the transcript right from the chat screen after the meeting is over. As for Channel meetings, review the transcript on the Recordings and Transcripts tab. Make sure the Allow Transcription policy is enabled to activate this feature.

Live transcript on unscheduled meetings appearing on left side of the screen.

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