Release notes for Microsoft Teams admin features

These release notes provide information about new admin features for Microsoft Teams and Teams Admin Center.

September 22, 2022

  • Native Apple Silicon Support - Universal Binary Teams Version: Teams now comes as a Universal Binary Mac so it runs natively on both Intel and Apple Silicon based Mac devices.

  • Suggested Replies in Group Chat: Suggested Replies are now available in group chats, allowing you to select a quick response when you are mentioned in a group chat or when you are having a 1:1 conversation within a group chat.

  • Deploy Teams at Scale for Frontline workers: Your organization may have a lot of teams that you use to drive communication and collaboration among your frontline workforce, who are spread across different stores, locations, and roles. Currently, there isn't an easy solution to deploy, set up, and manage these teams and users at scale. We're building a solution to enable admins to deploy and manage teams at scale.

August 25, 2022

  • Pre-assign Channel members to Breakout Rooms: Ability for an organizer to pre-assign participants in Channel meetings, explicitly for channel members who are not invited to the meeting.

  • Transcription will be turned on together with Recording if the "Record automatically" meeting option is on: If the meeting organizer has set the "Record automatically" meeting option to on for a meeting, Transcription will be turned on together with Recording when the meeting starts, if transcription is allowed by administrators. This feature will make recording playback experience accessible.

  • Teams: External Access Invite Flow for Managed Organizations: When receiving new external 1:1 chats, users will now have the option to accept the chat or block the external user. This feature also provides the ability to Block external users at any point, which revokes access to present and incoming messages.

  • Intelligent translation in Teams Mobile: Teams iOS will now prompt you to translate messages that aren't in your set language.

  • Microsoft Teams: Join Teams meeting by meeting ID and passcode from Teams rooms on Windows: Users can use Teams room on Windows to join Teams meetings, using meeting ID and passcode. This feature significantly improves meeting-join experience for meetings across tenants or where room is not invited to the meeting.

  • Intelligent translation in Teams Mobile: Teams Android will now prompt you to translate messages that aren't in your language.

  • View attendance report on Microsoft Teams for Android: You can now check the attendance information for regular meetings or webinars and also the registration information before webinars on Microsoft Teams for Android.

  • View meeting transcripts on Microsoft Teams for Android and iOS: You can now start transcription for your meetings, and view the meeting transcripts after the meetings on Microsoft Teams for iOS.

  • Microsoft Teams: Direct guest join for Zoom and WebEx Meetings on Teams Certified Android Devices: Direct guest join (aka Third-party meeting join) is an ability to join meetings of other meeting providers from Microsoft Teams. Third-party meetings will appear on the Teams calendar and users will be able to join them the same way they join any other Teams meeting. This functionality will be limited to video-enabled Teams-certified Android devices and will support only Zoom and Webex meetings.

  • E-signature approval requests can now be created in Teams Approvals on any mobile device: Users will now be able to create e-signature requests in Teams approvals on any mobile device.

August 11, 2022

  • Microsoft Teams: Share content experience improvement on Teams rooms on Windows: Teams Rooms on Windows is updating the user interface to share HDMI and content camera in the meeting. The new experience provides a better task-completion experience and clarity for in-room users, ensuring that the users can easily share content in the meeting.

  • Microsoft Teams: End to end encryption for one-to-one calls in Teams Rooms on Windows: Teams Rooms on Windows can be configured to encrypt all person-to-person (P2P) calls. The callee must also have the encryption setting turned on. When in an encrypted call, both caller and callee can verify encryption key to ensure that the call is encrypted end to end and secure.

  • Microsoft Teams: Mute/unmute status icon for Teams Rooms on Windows: To ensure users in the room are aware of the mute state of the room, a mute icon is added to the room video on the front-of-room display.

  • Call controls via directly bluetooth connected audio devices: Use device buttons to control a call (answer, end, hold) from Bluetooth audio devices without needing a USB dongle when connected to Windows PC running Teams desktop client. For many headsets and speakerphones, this call-control feature will work without requiring any user action other than pairing the headset with their PC. This feasibility is because the functionality is built upon industry standard HFP protocol which many headsets support currently. In short, if your headset is able to answer or end a cellular call on your mobile, it should work with this feature. Watch our certification page for more information coming soon about devices tested to meet all certification criteria with direct bluetooth connections (without needing a USB dongle).

July 28, 2022

  • Brightspace (D2L) LMS integration with M365.: Microsoft has now partnered with Brightspace (D2L) LMS to deliver more seamless integrated learning experiences. Microsoft Teams Meeting LTI and Classes LTI apps are now available within Brightspace. Teams Classes LTI enables Educators to create a Team for their Brightspace course using the roster information of the course. Teams Meeting LTI empowers educators and students to access, schedule and manage Teams Meetings within the Brightspace LMS. Sign up for Microsoft 365 LMS LTI integrations

  • Open LMS integration with M365: Microsoft has now partnered with Open LMS to deliver more seamless integrated learning experiences. Microsoft Teams Meeting LTI and Classes LTI apps are now available within Open LMS. Teams Classes LTI enables Educators to create a Team for their Open LMS course using the roster information of the course. Teams Meeting LTI empowers educators and students to access, schedule, and manage Teams Meetings within the Brightspace LMS. Learn more

July 14, 2022

  • Disable chat write access for anonymous or unauthenticated users: IT admins can now disable chat write access at the policy level for non-federated users and unauthenticated users who join Teams meetings through a link that must be used in conjunction with disabled meeting chat policy to provide additional security against data exfiltration.

  • Microsoft Teams: Microsoft Teams Connect shared channels: Workplace collaboration has become increasingly digital and cloud based. In our interconnected world, we need to collaborate with people beyond our own organization—communicating with partners, following up with suppliers, and reaching out to customers. Through Microsoft Teams, you can securely collaborate with external stakeholders. With Teams Connect, we are making it easier to collaborate with those inside and outside your organization, helping your extended team work effectively and efficiently across organization boundaries. With shared channels, multiple organizations can work together in a shared space. Have conversations, schedule a meeting, share, and co-author files, and collaborate on apps, without ever switching tenants.

June 23, 2022

  • Dynamic caller ID for call queue agents: Call queue agents can now place calls from the Calls app using a call queue phone number as their caller ID. This ensures the call is properly identified by the recipient and that the call back number is the call queue number rather than the agent's personal line.

  • Moodle LMS integration with Microsoft Teams: In addition to integration with Canvas and Blackboard, Microsoft has now partnered with Moodle LMS to deliver seamless integrated learning experiences. Microsoft Teams Meeting LTI and Teams Classes LTI apps are now available within Moodle. Learn more about Moodle LMS integration

May 26, 2022

  • Multi-language meeting invite control for IT admin: IT administrators can apply a new Teams meeting policy to set multiple languages in Teams meeting invites. The control of up to 2 languages can be applied to users, groups or the entire organization.

  • Policy propagation - Enhanced activity log: Admins can see group policy assignments in the activity log along with other policy operations. The activity log has enhanced details regarding a policy operation to give admins more visibility.

May 12, 2022

  • Microsoft Teams: Career Coach - Student engagement insights: Faculty and staff license holders will now be able to view aggregated student engagement insights in Career Coach. These insights will include the number of engaged students, engaged student sessions, resume uploads, and transcript uploads from within Career Coach.

April 28, 2022

  • Console home update for Cortana icon, bringing back Share (aka Present) button on Microsoft Teams Rooms on Windows: Teams Rooms on Windows is bringing the Present button back to console home screen and renaming it to “Share” to have alignment between the out-of-meeting and in-meeting share experience. The Cortana push-to-talk button is moved to the bottom of the home screen, allowing customers to continue using Cortana without having to change their workflow for presenting HDMI content from a Teams Rooms device out of the meeting. The Cortana design change is applicable if the Cortana voice assistance policy is enabled for Teams Rooms.

April 14, 2022

  • Support of Transcription for Teams for Citrix on Virtual Desktop Infrastructure: Users on virtual machines can use transcription once the feature is available. After a meeting, the transcript file is automatically saved in the chat tab for that meeting.

  • Music on Hold for Voice over IP Calls.: This feature ensures that music can be played when a Voice over IP call is placed on hold.

  • Support of Transcription for Teams for Azure Virtual Desktop on Virtual Desktop Infrastructure: Users on Virtual machines can use transcription once the feature is available. After a meeting, the transcript file is automatically saved in the chat tab for that meeting.

  • Web Browser Join: Join Virtual Appointments from your web browser on any device.

  • Room capacity warning (based on Teams Room on Android people counting supported cameras): When Teams panels is deployed in a room with Teams Rooms that support people counting, Teams panels can display a warning message when the room is at or over capacity to inform people in the hallway that the room is full. Teams Rooms on Android will display a warning message on the front of room display when the room is over capacity.

March 24, 2022

  • Export a Teams list from the Teams admin center: Administrators can export a Teams list as a CSV file from the Teams admin center.

  • Chat filter for non-meeting chats: There will be a new chat filter within the Chat app which filters out meeting chats and chats with bots. It filters in one on one and group chats with people.

  • Search in Teams Admin Center: Admins can search for users, teams, pages, and settings using a common search box in the Teams admin center.

  • Roaming bandwidth control: A new roaming policy to provide specific settings from other policies which need to be rendered dynamically based upon the location of the Teams client. Initially two settings from the TeamsMeetingPolicy will be included: AllowIPVideo and MediaBitRateKb.

March 11, 2022

  • Calendar Show As in meetings: Using Show As, organizers can set free-busy statuses for a meeting and schedule OOF meetings from Teams. Along with this, private meeting functionality is also enabled which allows users to hide meeting details from other users when their calendar is shared.

  • Mandatory Comments for Approvals App in Teams: Teams Admins and Approval Template creators can enable mandatory comments for when an approver responds to a request.

  • Apps in channel meetings: Ability for EDU users to use apps like Forms and Sli.do to improve engagement.

  • Dynamic Emergency Calling for Work From Home for VDI - Citrix: This feature enables users on Virtual Machine to validate the address that will be communicated to emergency responders in the event that an emergency call is placed by an individual working from home.

  • Auto-answer with video for iOS devices: This feature brings the ability for iOS devices to automatically answer incoming meeting nudges with or without their video on. The feature availability to the end user is controlled through AutoAnswerwithVideo Powershell policy.

  • Dynamic Emergency Calling for Work From Home for VDI on Azure Virtual Desktop: This feature enables users on Azure Virtual Desktop on VDI to make an emergency call while working from home. It will allow users to validate (and if necessary, edit) the address that will be communicated to emergency responders.

  • Teams admin center: Joined teams per user: Teams administrators can view the list of teams that a user has joined.

  • Admins can pin apps in messaging extensions: With app setup policies in Teams admin center, admins can now pin apps with messaging extensions in Teams compose experience. Learn more

February 24, 2022

  • Pin your own video in Teams meetings: Currently, users can pin video feeds to increase the size of the desired video on their own screen. Now, we have expanded the ability for users to pin their own video on the stage as well. This way, users can also see their own video in the increased size on their screen.

  • Local time available added to people profile: You can now know the local time of the people you collaborate with.

  • Microsoft Teams: Career Coach - Job market trends: Faculty and staff license holders will now be able to view location-based job market trends within Career Coach. This experience is powered by LinkedIn workforce hiring data.

February 10, 2022

  • Information tip added to new features in Bookings: When a new feature is added to Bookings like SMS and mobile browser join, users will be informed on what these features mean.

  • New feature notification in appointment view: When a new feature like SMS or WebRTC is added to Bookings, users will see a "new" pill by the toggle in the appointment.

  • Tags are available in DOD: Tags in Teams let users quickly reach a group of people without having to @mention or type out everyone. For more information on tag in teams, see Using tags in Teams.

  • Microsoft Teams for Education: Career Coach - edX learning content: Career Coach will now feature edX content within the learning experience.

  • Admin notifications for Custom app submissions: When a developer submits a custom app for IT admin approval, admins will receive a notification in a dedicated Teams channel, so they can review and take next steps to publish the app. Learn more

  • Mute notifications during meetings: The feature will allow the user to mute notifications during meetings thereby helping focus during meetings. A user can choose to mute notifications from the global notifications settings for all meetings and uBar for a per meeting basis.

January 27, 2022

  • Expiration of Teams meeting recordings: For Teams meeting recordings saved to OneDrive & SharePoint you'll now be able to define a default number of days to keep recordings before they are automatically deleted. Users will be notified of upcoming expiration dates of their recordings and be able to override the expiration date per recording file.

  • Pin your own video in Teams meetings: Currently, users can pin video feeds to increase the size of the desired video on their own screen. Now, we have expanded the ability for users to pin their own video on the stage as well. This way, users can also see their own video in the increased size on their screen.

  • Cortana iconography change on Teams Rooms devices in Front of Room display and console.: For Front of Room display and console UI, there will be a new icon for Cortana to help distinguish its capability for push-to-talk (PTT). The iconography is updated to reflect Cortana's avatar.

  • Cortana voice activation is enabled by default in OOBE for newly imaged Teams Rooms devices: We are making some changes to OOBE (out of the box experience) for Teams Rooms! Cortana Voice Activation will be enabled by default, but if desired, IT admins can decide to opt out at that moment by switching the toggle off.

  • Cortana now supports en- languages (en-au, en-ca, en-gb, en-in): We’ve expanded Cortana support to devices that are set to different locale language. The locale supported today are: en-us, en-ca, en-au, en-in, en-gb (US, Canada, Australia, India, Great Britain).

  • Microsoft Teams for Education: Career Coach - Admin feature enabling: IT admin will have controls in Teams Admin Center for enabling new Career Coach features for their school.

  • Additional information on app detail page: The app detail page will provide greater description for each app, including images and product videos.

  • App lists and banners in the app management page: The Manage Apps page today allows admins to manage apps in the tenant. Lists of apps and editorial banners aid the admin to find relevant apps for the tenant.

  • Simultaneous sharing of video and screen content through the Teams web client: Users can share screen content and video simultaneously during calls or meetings through the Teams web client.

  • Microsoft Teams Rooms on Windows: Switch between multiple video cameras: Ability for a Teams Room to switch between multiple video cameras in a meeting space.

  • Microsoft Teams: Meet now support for Teams Rooms on Windows: Teams Rooms on Windows are making an alignment for Meet now experience to Teams desktop replacing New meeting control on the Teams room console with Meet (aka Meet now). With Meet, users can start an ad-hoc meeting with a single tap and invite participants to it. This change is only applicable if the Teams rooms is running in Microsoft Teams only or Microsoft Teams (default) and Skype for Business modes. With this change, all P2P calling and group calling functionality is moved under calling application.

  • Microsoft Teams: Calling app update for Teams Rooms on Windows: Teams Rooms on Windows are making an alignment for calling experience to Teams desktop replacing Dial pad control on the Teams room console with Call. Calling app provides users functionality to dial PSTN calls where available as well as enable entry point for P2P Teams calls, group Teams calls and P2P federated user calls. This change is only applicable if the Teams rooms is running in Microsoft Teams only or Microsoft Teams (default) and Skype for Business modes. With this change, all P2P calling and group calling functionality that was previously under New meeting button is moved under Call. For customers that use SIP URI calling through Skype for Business, Enter SIP URI entry point is available in Microsoft Teams (default) and Skype for Business mode.

January 13, 2022

  • Teams admin center: Sensitivity label support: Teams administrators can assign sensitivity labels when creating Teams.

  • Video Streams Out via AJA or Blackmagic Design Hardware: Isolated video streams can be sent out of Teams meetings via AJA and Blackmagic Design hardware devices.

  • Parent App: Teachers can reach out to their students' parents and guardians using chat in Teams.

  • Introducing background effects on web: When you use Teams on the web, you can either blur your background or replace it entirely with the images provided in your video meeting or call. Note: Blurring or replacing your background might not prevent sensitive information from being visible to other people in the call or meeting. Learn more

  • End-to-end encryption option for Teams 1:1 VoIP calls (Android and iOS): Microsoft Teams will support an option to use end-to-end encryption (E2EE) for ad hoc 1:1 Teams VoIP calls, providing an additional option for conducting sensitive online conversations. To support customer security and compliance requirements, IT will have full control of who can use E2EE in the organization. E2EE for Teams 1:1 VoIP calls will be available to commercial customers in preview in the first half of this calendar year, expanding support for online meetings later. Learn more

  • Federation and external access with user in Teams outside of IT managed organizations: This feature extends the Teams Connect offerings to also allow users in an IT managed organization to start 1:1 and group chats with users outside of an IT managed organization (TFL). There is no support for meetings, TFL users starting chats, or calls in this release. This feature will only be supported for EDU tenants initially.

December 23, 2021

  • Chat with Teams users with accounts that are not managed by an org: Chat with Teams extends collaboration support by enabling Teams users to chat with team members outside their work network with a Teams personal account. Customers can invite any Teams user to chat using an email address or phone number and remain within the security and compliance policies of their organization.

  • Microsoft Teams Career Coach – Improved IT onboarding: Teams Admin Center settings for Career Coach will be updated to improve the provisioning and configuration process, as well as add more descriptive field validation and error messaging. The settings update will also introduce controls for managing the release of Career Coach features to app users.

  • Simultaneous sharing of video and screen content through the Teams web client: Users can share screen content and video simultaneously during calls or meetings through the Teams web client.

  • Cross cloud authenticated meeting join (Android and iOS): Enable authenticated meeting join experiences across clouds for iOS, especially needed for GOV scenarios.

  • Hot desking support on Teams displays: Hot desking allows users to sit in a location of their choice, for a brief period in an ad hoc manner and be productive in their work with innovation and collaboration.

  • Tags in Teams: Tags in Teams let users quickly reach a group of people without having to @mention or type out everyone. For more information on tag in teams, see Using tags in Teams.

December 09, 2021

  • Teams admin center: Joined teams per user: Teams administrators can view the list of teams that a user has joined.

  • Home page customization for Teams admin center: IT admins can customize the Home page in Teams admin center.

  • Custom backgrounds: Microsoft-provided and user-uploaded custom backgrounds are now available on Android devices on OS10 and OS11 with capable chipsets. Learn more

  • Microsoft Teams Rooms on Windows: Split video layout across multiple screens: Ability to split the video gallery across all available displays in a Teams Room, when content isn’t being shared, maximizing screen space and bringing greater attention to the people joining remotely.

November 25, 2021

  • Export Teams list from the Teams admin center: Administrators can export Teams list as a CSV file from the Teams admin center.

  • Speed dial for iOS and Android: This feature makes your most used calling contacts easy to access with one tap dialing.

  • Video Streams Out via AJA or Blackmagic Design Hardware: Isolated video streams can be sent out of Teams meetings via AJA and Blackmagic Design hardware devices.

  • Microsoft Teams tab actions are moving: Microsoft Teams tab actions are moving out of the tab header bar and into the tab dropdown to help declutter the user experience. This impacts all application tabs such as Assignments, Grades, Planner or the Website tab. These tab actions will be found by clicking on the tab name to show a dropdown menu. These actions include: Reload tab, Go to website, Copy link to tab, Pop-out tab, and About this tab. Users that have come to rely on these tab actions being available in the tab header bar may have difficulty finding these common actions. A one-time educational coachmark bubble will be provided to educate users about the change, so consider bringing awareness to your users about this change.

  • Cortana now available for EDU customers in international markets: Cortana voice assistance in the Teams mobile app and Microsoft Teams display is now extending EDU support in international markets to help you streamline communication, collaboration, and class-related tasks in school using spoken natural language. With Cortana voice assistance, you can call someone or perform class-related tasks, you can message someone or send message to your class. Also, you can find and share files, and search or navigate within the Teams mobile app or on the Microsoft Teams display. The initial release will be to UK, India, Canada, and Australia. This is in addition to the prior release to EDU customers in the US.

  • Anonymous user join policy: Teams meeting policy that controls allowing anonymous users on the meeting organizer level.

  • Chat with Teams users with accounts that are not managed by an organization: Chat with Teams extends collaboration support by enabling Teams users to chat with team members outside their work network with a Teams personal account. Customers can invite any Teams user to chat using an email address or phone number and remain within the security and compliance policies of their organization.

  • Apps in chats and meetings with external users: When complete, we will support apps in meetings and group chats with external users.

  • End-to-end encryption for Teams calling: End-to-end encryption is the encryption of information at its origin and decryption at its intended destination without the ability for intermediate nodes to decrypt. End-to-end encryption would be an optional mode of real-time media collaboration where one-to-one Teams calls between two parties would be end-to-end encrypted.

  • Teams device management for SIP devices: IT Administrators will be able to manage the Teams SIP devices of their organization through the Teams admin center.

  • SMS patient notification for EHR integrated virtual visits: Ability for patients to receive SMS notifications for confirmation and remainders of their EHR integrated virtual visits.

  • Teams device management for Surface Hubs: Administrators will be able to setup, manage, and monitor their Surface Hubs through the Teams admin center.

  • Interactive Large Gallery: View up to 49 video participants at once, and interact with them via actions like pin and spotlight, and observe their meeting activity like raise hand and reactions.

  • Approvals eSignature DocuSign integration: Users will now be able to choose DocuSign as their eSign provider when creating an eSignature request within Approvals. Admins will have the ability to turn off this connector within the Teams admin center.

November 11, 2021

  • Shared Channels now supports tabs: Tabs are now supported in Teams Connect shared channels.

  • Fluid components in Teams chat: Fluid components in Teams chat allow end users to send a message with a table, action items or a list that can be co-authored and edited by everyone in line.

  • Sign out from the Teams admin center: Tenant admins will be able to sign out from phones remotely from the Teams admin center. Later, tenant admins will be able to sign out from displays remotely from the Teams admin center.

  • Meeting Activities in Teams audit log: This update to the Microsoft Teams audit log adds Meeting Activities to further help organizations effectively respond to security events. The audit log will have information about Teams meetings including the start time, the end time, and the URL to join the meeting. Information about the participants of a meeting, including the user ID of each participant, the time each participant joined the meeting, and the time each participant left the meeting is also included.

  • New Search results page experience: A new search results page experience in Teams will make finding messages, people, answers, and files faster and more intuitive. A new All page to show top results from each domain, Bookmark and Acronym Answers, decluttered search result snippets, preview message results for more context, more discoverable filters, previews for files - with better relevance based on the people and content you engage with most in Teams and other Microsoft 365 services.

  • Approvals card within Viva Connections: Admins can now pin the Approvals card within their organizations Viva Connections dashboard. Users can then easily view all their pending approval requests, or quickly create a new one.

November 05, 2021

  • Breakout Room Presenter support: Extend the management of Breakout Rooms to specific presenters.

  • Breakout Room pre-meeting room creation and participant assignment: Introducing capability for organizer to perform breakout room configuration and participant assignment before the meeting starts.

  • Enable developers to link a SaaS offers directly from DevCenter.: Enable developers to link a SaaS offers directly from DevCenter to an App with deep link to Partner Center for publishing/offer creation.

  • Support for CART and human typed captions: Teams meetings now supports embedded CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation) captions from 3P CART service providers. CART users now don't have to open up a secondary browser window to stream CART captions. This will help attendees who are deaf or hard of hearing participate in meetings and makes it easier because the meeting presenter and meeting content will be in one place.

  • Teams support of guest users with credentials managed by the host tenant: Support Internal Guest Users that their credentials are managed by the resource tenant (this is formerly known as State 3 and 4 guests accounts)

October 15, 2021

  • Microsoft Teams Rooms on Windows: Support for large meeting controls: Ability for a Teams Room on Windows to join a large meeting as a presenter or attendee. Based on the role assumed by the Teams Room, appropriate meeting controls are made available to presenters for meeting moderation and for attendees.

  • Microsoft Teams Rooms on Windows: Pin multiple video streams: Ability to pin multiple video streams (up to 9 participants) simultaneously during a Teams meeting. User can select which participants to pin from the center of room console.

  • Microsoft Teams Rooms on Windows: Spotlight multiple video streams: Ability to Spotlight multiple video streams (up to 7 participants) simultaneously during a Teams meeting. Users can select which participants to pin from the center of room console.

  • Microsoft Teams Rooms on Windows: Lock meeting support: Ability to lock a meeting, preventing additional participants from joining. Users attempting to join a locked meeting will be informed that the meeting is locked.

  • Microsoft Teams Rooms on Windows: Live reactions: Ability to view live reactions sent by participants in a Teams meeting on the front of room display in a Teams Room. Room users can also send reaction from center of the room console.

  • Microsoft Teams Rooms on Windows: Support for Logitech Scribe content camera: From a Teams Room you can effortlessly share analog whiteboards into Teams meetings using the Logitech Scribe content camera and Intelligent Capture feature in Teams.

  • Microsoft Teams Rooms on Windows: Large gallery view and Together Mode in GCCH: Ability for Teams Rooms to support different video gallery layouts including n Large gallery and Together mode, in GCCH clouds.

  • Microsoft Teams Rooms on Windows: Presenter mode support: Ability for presenter mode views to appear on the front of room display in a Teams Room. Presenter mode is a feature in PowerPoint Live that helps you customize how your video feed and content appear to the meeting audience.

  • Microsoft Teams Rooms on Windows: Updated Meeting Roster: The updated meeting roster (viewable on the Teams Rooms console) more closely aligns with the experience available through the Teams desktop app, and includes capabilities like participant grouping, sort roster by raised hand, integrated user search. As well as with ability to ask others to join meeting from invited list or from chat.

  • Microsoft Teams Rooms on Windows: Dynamic view on single and dual displays: Dynamic view automatically optimizes shared content and video participants in Teams meetings. New controls let you personalize the view to suit your preferences and needs, such as the ability to show shared content and specific participants side-by-side or to view content or people only.

October 7, 2021

  • Screen sharing in webRTC: Provider can share their screen with patients in webRTC enabled meetings.

October 4, 2021

  • SMS notifications from Bookings app in Teams: SMS confirmations and reminders with Teams meeting link for appointments created from Bookings app in Teams.

October 3, 2021

  • Message Deletion for Chat Supervisors: This feature, designed with our Teams for Education users in mind, allows chat supervisors to delete anyone's message in chats.

September 30, 2021

  • Microsoft Teams - 2x2 video in Gallery view for web meetings in Safari: Gallery view can now show up to four participant videos during a meeting in Safari browser.

  • Teams Q&A: Availability of Question & Answer application for Teams webinars and meetings. By adding this application to any Teams webinars or meetings, users will be able to create either moderated or non-moderated Q&A experience.

  • Custom Role based access control (RBAC) support for Teams admin center: Global Admins will be able to pick and choose permissions that will be assigned to a Teams administrator, allowing them to specify granular access restrictions.

  • Teams Guest Access Support for Sovereign Clouds (GCC-H): Teams now supports Guest Access in Sovereign Clouds.

  • SMS notifications from Bookings app in Teams: SMS confirmations and reminders with Teams meeting link for appointments can be created from Bookings app in Teams.

  • Graph APIs for Tags in Teams: This set of APIs can be used to programmatically assign users tags in a team, making tag creation and maintenance faster and easier. Tags in Teams let users quickly reach a group of people without having to @mention or type out everyone. For more information on tag in teams, see Using tags in Teams. Using these new APIs, developers can now create tags in a team and assign users, get a list of tags in a team, update tags, and delete tags.

  • 1:1 VOIP and PSTN Call Recording and Transcription In Call App V2: 1:1 VOIP and PSTN Call Recording and Transcription will now show in Call App V2 in the call details panel. This is a critical feature specifically for our PSTN customers. In absence of chat, PSTN users do not have a way to view call recordings and transcriptions. We have now integrated call recording and transcription in Calls History in Calls App V2.
    What did we enable? Call Transcription for 1:1 PSTN and VOIP calls will show in the call history in call details panel. Call Recording for 1:1 PSTN and VOIP calls will show in the call history in call details panel. Users can delete recording from chat and the recording won't show in the call history in call details panel. If there are multiple recordings in a call, they'll show in a list form in the call history in call details panel.

  • Screen sharing in webRTC: Provider can share their screen with patients in webRTC enabled meetings.

  • Sensitivity labels for templates and graph API: Support for sensitivity labels when creating Teams via Graph APIs and templates. Learn more

  • Better Together feature for Calls on Teams phones and displays: Better together allows Microsoft Teams devices to seamlessly integrate with your PC to bring a companion experience for cross-device interaction. With the new feature support, users can make and receive calls from either Teams device or PC client with a distributed calling experience across both devices.

  • Microsoft Teams Rooms on Surface Hub: This next generation of Teams on Surface Hub has been redesigned to bring your favorite features from the desktop and Microsoft Teams Rooms into the meeting space.

September 29, 2021

  • Microsoft Teams Rooms on Windows: Chat bubbles: Ability to view chats sent during a Teams meeting on the front of room display in a Teams Room, calling attention to the chat conversation happening alongside the meeting.

  • Admins can trigger cloud shell from Teams admin center: Admins can open Azure cloud shell from Teams admin center inline and run PowerShell scripts from browser.

  • Explicit recording start/stop messages to improve recording availability and discoverability: Redesign of recording start and stop messages in chat to improve discoverability and accessibility. It will also be easier to find a successfully uploaded recording in a meeting chat.

  • AAD conditional access support for Teams Rooms on Windows: Microsoft Teams Rooms on Windows now supports Azure Active Directory conditional access. Admins can configure Teams Rooms devices access to Microsoft Teams and Microsoft Exchange Online services based on device compliance status. In addition, to make it simpler for our customers, Azure Active Directory Premium 1 license is added to the Room System Standard and Room System Premium and variations of these SKUs for education, government customers. Detailed documentation on how to configure Teams Rooms on Windows to use AAD conditional access feature will be published to give IT admins a head start for configuring it.

September 27, 2021

  • Pilot and deploy Teams for frontline with the frontline worker onboarding wizard: The frontline worker onboarding wizard allows IT admins to create a team, assign a license, and policy package in a few quick steps.

September 21, 2021

  • Breakout Room pre-meeting room creation and participant assignment: Introducing capability for organizer to perform breakout room configuration and participant assignment before the meeting starts.

  • Career Coach - Improved accessibility and minor updates: Career Coach will receive minor updates to copy and performance. The application will also adhere to greater levels of accessibility for keyboard navigation and screen readers.

September 15, 2021

  • Room occupancy information in TAC: IT admins will be able to see the occupancy of a room for a particular meeting and average occupancy against allowed capacity for that particular room where the device is installed.

September 8, 2021

  • Teams Network planner for government clouds: Network Planner can help you determine and organize network requirements for connecting Microsoft Teams users across your organization. When you provide your network details and Teams usage, the Network Planner calculates your network requirements for deploying Teams and cloud voice across your organization's physical locations.

  • Message Deletion for Chat Supervisors: This feature, designed with our Teams for Education users in mind, allows chat supervisors to delete anyone's message in chats.

September 7, 2021

  • Teams Virtual Visit Mobile Browser Join: With mobile browser join, when an attendee joins a virtual visit from a mobile device, they aren’t prompted to download Teams. Instead, Teams opens in a mobile browser, where the attendee can select Join now to join.

  • Changing default notification style to Native notification from Teams built-in for new users: Native Notifications provide a host of benefits like support for action center, accessibility, and support for focus assist mode. Currently the default notification style for a new user in Microsoft Teams is Teams Purple. With this feature, the default for new user will change to Native Notification.

September 1, 2021

  • Team Templates: Refresh to Team Templates content with more apps and channels in the Microsoft-provided predefined team structure. Learn more

August 31, 2021

  • Teams now available on CarPlay: You can now connect Teams to CarPlay for hands-free calling and to join your next meeting.

  • Perform operation on bulk set of devices in one go: IT admins will be able to perform any operation or execute any command on a bulk set of devices in single go. Currently they have to select devices manually in pagination view.

August 30, 2021

  • Bookings app in Teams in Government Cloud (Moderate): Availability of Bookings app in Teams in GCC Moderate environment.

August 27, 2021

  • Spam Call Notifications: Spam Call Notifications enables the ability for Spam likely calls to be identified for incoming calls in the call toast. All answered or missed Spam likely calls will also be reflected respectively in the Call History screen as well.

August 25, 2021

  • Embedded CART Captioning support for Teams Meetings: Teams Meetings now support integration with real-time captioning providers and CART writers (Communication Access Real-Time Transcription) so that users who utilize CART captions can view the captions in the same window as their meeting.

August 24, 2021

  • Walkie Talkie iOS (Preview): Walkie Talkie, a push-to-talk experience that enables clear and secure voice communication over the cloud, enables teams to communicate instantly and always stay on the same page. This native built-in app in Teams turns employee or company-owned iOS smartphones and tablets into a walkie-talkie, reducing the number of devices employees must carry and lowering costs for IT. Learn more

August 16, 2021

  • Missed Activity Email in DOD: Missed activity email enables the user to stay on top of Microsoft Teams. A missed activity email is generated in case a user is away from Microsoft Teams and hasn't reviewed their notifications. A user can choose to receive Missed activity emails by going to Settings > Notifications > Choosing the frequency.

August 9, 2021

  • Together Mode Extensibility: Together Mode Extensibility

  • Simplified class team navigation for Teams for Education: Access Assignments, Grades, Class Notebook and Insights more easily from your main class team navigation.

August 2, 2021

  • Present from PowerPoint to Teams with M365 Apps for Business license: The capability of presenting your slides directly from the PowerPoint desktop apps to a meeting via PowerPoint Live in Teams is now extended to the Microsoft 365 Apps for Business license.

  • Text Predictions for Teams Mobile: Assistive AI predicts text so you can finish a phrase in one tap.

August 1, 2021

  • Suggested Replies for EDU Customers - Teachers & Faculty Only: Suggested replies presents users with an option of three responses to choose from for selected messages. This functionality will be enabled by default. It will be disabled completely for students.

July 30, 2021

  • Certificate Pinning: Certificate pinning refers to using some information about the certificate chain from an alternate source to do extra validations of the service-provided certificate chain. Usually, the public key of a pinned certificate is used to validate that the chain contains the expected certificate. This is needed to reduce the risk of man in the middle attack.

  • Apps in chats/meetings with external users: When complete, we'll support apps in meetings and group chats with external users (users from other TFW domains).

  • Developers can select to Block the apps by default: Introduce a new app status 'Blocked by publisher' to allow developers to block the app by default until admin takes an action in Teams admin center to allow the app. Learn more

July 29, 2021

  • Quiet time across Microsoft apps on mobile devices: Set recurring quiet hours or days on either Microsoft Teams or Outlook mobile apps and your notifications from both of these apps will be blocked during these times.

July 26, 2021

  • ATP safe links for Teams: ATP Safe links in Teams provides extra protection for E5 and ATP customers.

  • Cortana now available for EDU customers: Cortana voice assistance in the Teams mobile app is now available for EDU customers in en-US to help you streamline communication, collaboration, and class-related tasks in school using spoken natural language. With Cortana voice assistance, you can call someone or perform class-related tasks, you can message someone or send message to your class. Also, you can find and share files, and search or navigate within the Teams mobile app.

July 21, 2021

  • EDU tailored deployment plan in Teams Advisor: EDU IT Administrators can use a tailored plan to deploy Teams to their organization.

July 20, 2021

  • Power Automate flow recommendations with 1P Team Templates: Surface Power Automate flow templates for teams created from 1P team templates.

July 19, 2021

  • Join meetings and send messages hands-free: You can now use “Hey Cortana” in Teams mobile to start the assistant experience. When you enable Voice Activation in Teams Mobile settings, you'll be able to join meetings, send messages, and make calls hands-free without tapping the mic.

July 18, 2021

  • Guest access in GCCH: Enable guest access in GCCH.

  • Guest access in DOD: Enable guest access in DOD.

July 16, 2021

  • Admin notifications for Custom app submissions: When a developer submits a custom app for IT admin approval, admins will receive a notification in a dedicated Teams channel, so they can review and take next steps to publish the app. Learn more

  • Direct app purchases and invoice billing support in Teams Admin Center: Admins can complete orders for paid app licenses directly within Teams Admin Center. Also, invoice billing is a new supported payment method.

July 14, 2021

  • App protection policies (APP) based conditional access (CA): Teams mobile apps will start supporting app protection policies (APP) based conditional access (CA) for greater security.

July 12, 2021

  • Speed Dial[iOS]: Speed dial is coming to mobile devices. This feature makes your most used calling contacts easy to access with one tap dialing.

  • Speed Dial[AND]: Speed dial is coming to mobile devices. This feature makes your most used calling contacts easy to access with one tap dialing.

July 8, 2021

  • Roaming bandwidth control: A new roaming policy to provide specific settings from other policies which need to be rendered dynamically based upon the location of the Teams client. Initially two settings from the TeamsMeetingPolicy will be included - AllowIPVideo, and MediaBitRateKb.

July 7, 2021

  • Admins can install Apps in Meetings: We are enabling IT admins to select Teams apps that can be installed in meetings for their organization. It will leverage the App setup policies, Installed apps section in which admins can specify the apps to install on behalf of their users.

July 6, 2021

  • Translate slideshow content: Translate the slide show content privately in a Teams meeting with PowerPoint Live.

July 2, 2021

  • Mobile browser join redirect: If the interop isn't ON or functioning, we'll reroute patients to download or join through the app.

June 30, 2021

  • Teams Meetings Auto Recording: This feature allows users to auto record meetings by choosing auto record option in meetings options.

June 29, 2021

  • Approvals in GCC: Approvals app is now usable in GCC environments.

June 28, 2021

  • End-to-end encryption for Teams calling: End-to-end encryption is the encryption of information at its origin and decryption at its intended destination without the ability for intermediate nodes to decrypt. E2EE would be an optional mode of real-time media collaboration where one-to-one Teams calls between two parties would be end-to-end encrypted.

June 25, 2021

  • Paging on Video Gallery: When you choose Large Gallery, and there are more than 49 videos or in Gallery with more than nine videos, navigation controls < and > now appear below the Large Gallery and Video Gallery. You can use these controls to view more video participants.

June 19, 2021

  • Meeting reminder notification: Meeting reminder notification x mins before meeting start, so you never miss your next meeting. Default value for reminder will be 15 mins before meeting (but you can customize it from notification settings). You can directly Join the meeting or chat with participants from the reminder

June 7, 2021

  • Meeting ID: User can join a meeting by entering a numerical ID.

June 4, 2021

  • Announcing attendance data dashboard views: You don't need to manually download reports. Teams now allows you to view all aggregated data in a one-click dashboard view.
  • Apps in Meeting Chats with External Users: We'll now support apps added by native users (hosts) in meeting chats with external users (users from other domains).

May 31 2021

  • Meeting reminders: Meeting reminder notification x mins before meeting start, so you never miss your next meeting. Default value for reminder will be 15 mins before meeting (but you can customize it from notification settings). You can directly Join the meeting or chat with participants from the reminder.
  • Missed Activity Email in DOD: Missed activity email enables the user to stay on top of Microsoft Teams. A missed activity email is generated in case a user is away from Microsoft Teams and hasn't reviewed their notifications. A user can choose to receive Missed activity emails by going to Settings > Notifications > Choosing the frequency.

May 26, 2021

  • Control Optional Connected Experiences in Microsoft Teams: With this release, users will be able to manually disable from connecting with optional external services like URL Preview and Giphys, if their admins allow so. Learn more.

May 21, 2021

  • Release notes widget: We have added a new dashboard widget that contains all of the links/URLs to preview and GA release notes.

May 19, 2021

  • Update to Network planner tool for bandwidth estimation: Network planner tool will be updated to reflect the latest bandwidth requirements of Teams client. This will help IT administrators better estimate and plan their office bandwidth needs.
  • Teams webinar capabilities general availability: Schedule and deliver 1,000 person webinars with the same Teams app you use for meetings! Webinar capabilities support registration page creation, email confirmation for registrants, host management for attendee video and audio, attendee reporting, plus interactive features like polls, chat, and reactions.

May 18, 2021

  • Approvals App - eSignature Integration with 3rd party providers: There may be times when you need something approved and recorded with more formal attestation, and adding signatures to the approval process is necessary. We’re working closely with key partners to allow you to create an electronic signature approval using Adobe Sign, DocuSign, and other 3rd party providers natively within the Approval app. Simply choose your electronic signature provider and add the details. Once submitted, signers are notified with an email and can easily review and sign. Approvals will keep track of the entire workflow right in context within Teams.
  • Chat with External Users in Group Chats: With this feature, users can create group chats that include people external to their organization using Teams (requires all users to have external access capabilities enabled).

May 17, 2021

  • Approvals Templates: User can simply choose a template provided by their tenant admins or a Team Owner when creating a new approval request.
  • Create Teams with Team Templates: With Templates in Teams, users can choose from a variety of customizable templates when creating a new team, helping them get started quickly. IT Admins can also create custom templates for their organization, allowing them to standardize team structures, preinstall relevant apps, and scale best practices. IT Admins can choose which team templates to show to end users in Teams Admin Center, and also preconfigure website tabs by adding URLs to a website tab in a team template. Learn more.

May 7, 2021

  • Customize apps in Microsoft Teams: The app customization feature allows developers to specify certain properties of their Teams apps to be customizable and allows IT admins to rebrand any of those properties in Teams admin center. As an example, IT admins can customize the name, description and icons of Now Virtual Agent app from ServiceNow to meet their organization's unique needs.Learn more.

May 3, 2021

  • Supervised chat: Use Teams administrative policy to ensure students are supervised by an educator during private 1:1 or group chats. With Supervised Chat, students won't be allowed to engage in chats without a supervising educator present.Learn more.

April 30, 2021

  • Call queue feature for Teams on VDI: Call queue feature for Teams on VDI. Call queues provide a method of routing callers to people in your organization who can help with a particular issue or question. Calls are distributed one at a time to the people in the queue (who are known as agents).

April 29, 2021

  • Offline access for files: Users can now access previously opened files even when there is no internet connectivity.
  • Auto Answer for Meet Now: Allow a device to auto answer when it is added to an ad hoc meeting.

April 26, 2021

  • Custom Backgrounds: Microsoft provided and user uploaded custom backgrounds are now available on iOS. Learn more.
  • Anonymous users can present: When hosting a Teams live event, we added the ability for an anonymous user to join a Live Event and so that they can also present during the event. Learn more.

April 16, 2021

  • Custom (LOB) tabs are available for DoD customers: Now DoD customers can upload and deploy their own custom (LOB) Teams apps.

April 15, 2021

  • Policy package assignment to groups in PowerShell: Streamline assignment of policy package with group assignment in PowerShell. Group assignment empowers admins to assign a policy package to a group instead of individual users.
  • Out-of-Office: Set up a message to let others know you're not working or on vacation so you're not available to reply when they send a chat message. Your out-of-office status will also sync with Automatic Replies that are found in your Outlook calendar.

April 12, 2021

  • New bypass lobby option : Meeting policies have a setting for letting users bypass the meeting lobby. We added an option for People in the organization but exclude guest users. Learn more.
  • Enable Manage apps page in the Microsoft Teams admin center for GCCH and DOD customers: As an admin, the Manage apps page in the Microsoft Teams admin center is where you view and manage all Teams apps for your organization. Here, you can see the org-level status and properties of apps, approve or upload new custom apps to your organization's app store, block, or allow apps at the org level, add apps to teams, purchase services for third-party apps, view permissions requested by apps, grant admin consent to apps, and manage org-wide app settings.Learn more.

April 5, 2021

  • Custom policy packages: Manage and streamline your policy assignment with custom policy packages. This feature empowers admins to configure their own set of policy packages tailored to users in their organization.

April 2, 2021

Add video filter mode: Add the background video filter mode to the Teams Admin Center. So the admin can change the mode from Teams Admin Center and PowerShell on both sides. Learn more.

March 31, 2021

  • Share to Teams from Outlook: Share to Teams from Outlook allows you to send a copy of email messages or conversations, including attachments, into Teams chats and channels. Find the Share to Teams option in the Outlook ribbon or the action menu for an email. Share to Teams supports Outlook on the web, Outlook for Windows, and the new Outlook for Mac Preview. Learn more.

March 30, 2021

  • Customize apps in Teams (preview): Microsoft Teams provides app customization to enhance the Teams experience. The admin can customize or rebrand the app properties based on the organizational needs using the Teams admin center Manage apps page. Learn more.

March 29, 2021

  • Remote provisioning and sign-in for Teams Android devices: IT admins can remotely provision and sign in to a Teams Android device. To provision a device remotely, the admin needs to upload the MAC IDs of the devices being provisioned and create a verification code. The entire process can be completed remotely from the Teams admin center. Learn more.

March 24, 2021

  • Enable live transcripts in Teams: This is a per-user policy and applies during a meeting. This setting gives the control to a user to turn on or turn off live captions during the meeting that they're attending. Learn more.

March 23, 2021

  • Supervised chats: Supervised chats allow designated educators to initiate chats with students and blocks students from starting new chats unless an appropriate educator is present. When chat supervision is enabled, supervisors aren't allowed to leave chats and other participants aren't allowed to remove them, ensuring that chats involving students are properly supervised. Learn more.

  • Masking phone numbers: We released a new admin setting for masking phone numbers for dial-in participants when they join a meeting. Admins can choose to mask phone numbers from everyone in the meeting (except the organizer), from external people only or have masking disabled. If the admins choose to have this setting disabled, the phone numbers will be displayed fully in the meeting. Learn more.

  • Create a phone system auto attendant: Auto attendants let people call your organization and navigate a menu system to speak to the right department, call queue, person, or an operator. You can create auto attendants for your organization with the Microsoft Teams admin center, or with PowerShell. Learn more.

March 1, 2021

  • Additional GoLocal support in Teams live events: Support for South Africa, South Korea, Switzerland, France, Germany, and Brazil has been added to Live events. Learn more.

February 22, 2021

  • Custom (LOB) tabs are available for DoD customers: Now DoD customers can upload and deploy their own custom (LOB) Teams apps.

February 18, 2021

  • Meeting reactions policy: Meeting reactions are Off by default. Turning off reactions for a user doesn't mean that a user can't use reactions in meetings they schedule. The meeting organizer can still turn on reactions from the meeting option page, regardless of the default setting. Learn more.

February 11, 2021

  • View-only meeting experience: Microsoft Teams allows up to 10,000 attendees to join a Teams meeting. After the capacity of the main meeting has been reached, extra attendees will join with a view-only experience. Learn more.

January 27, 2021

  • Virtual visits with Teams - Integration into EHR: We've updated the interface for Microsoft Teams Electronic Health Record (EHR) Connector, and connector that makes it easy for clinicians to launch a virtual patient visit or consultation with another provider in Teams directly from the EHR system. Learn more.

January 22, 2021

  • Firstline Workers are now called Frontline Workers: We've changed the title of Firstline Workers to Frontline Workers.

January 21, 2021

  • Offline documentation: Teams keeps running even when you're offline or running in low-bandwidth conditions. Teams saves all your unsent messages for existing chats (for up to 24 hours) and sends them as soon as you're back online. Learn more.

January 19, 2021

  • Teams Approvals app availability: The Approvals app is available as a personal app for all Microsoft Teams users. The Approvals app provides a simple way to bring auditing, compliance, accountability, and workflows to both structured and unstructured Approvals in Teams. Learn more.

January 15, 2021

  • Set up Microsoft Teams meeting add-on for Google Workspace: The Microsoft Teams meeting add-on for Google Workspace must be enabled by a Teams admin before tenant users can access the app. Learn more.

January 4, 2021

  • Calendar sharing: We added the ability to add a channel to a calendar tab.

December 21, 2020

  • Supported rate centers and coverage for Calling Plans: A rate center is the industry term for a geographical area that traditionally defines boundaries for local calling, billing rates, and phone number assignment for the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN). Learn more.

December 18, 2020

  • Updated meeting settings policies for Breakout rooms: Breakout Rooms in Teams are used to split meetings into separate, smaller meeting rooms. This setting controls whether meeting organizers have the option to create and manage Breakout Rooms in meetings they schedule or start. This policy setting affects all meetings, including Meet Now meetings. Learn more.

December 9, 2020

  • Advisor for Teams with Microsoft 365 Learning Pathways: Microsoft 365 learning pathways are an on-demand learning solution that you can customize to train your users, and increase usage and adoption of Teams in your organization. Use learning pathways together with Advisor for Teams to get your users up and running quickly and drive adoption. Learning pathways gives you a SharePoint Online site template and the ability to easily build a learning site for your users. You can customize the learning pathways training portal to include training and support content specific to your users' needs. Use the Teams playlists from the Microsoft online catalog and add your own. Learn more.

October 28, 2020

  • Get started with Teams in healthcare: Microsoft Teams offers many features useful for hospitals and other healthcare organizations, including:

    • Virtual visits and Electronic Healthcare Record (EHR) integration
    • Teams policy packages
    • Secure messaging
    • Teams templates
    • Care coordination and collaboration

This functionality is part of the Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare. Learn more.

October 27, 2020

  • Teams displays: Microsoft Teams displays are a category of all-in-one dedicated Teams devices that feature an ambient touchscreen and a hands-free experience powered by Cortana. Learn more.

October 22, 2020

  • Manage Skype for Business settings for your users: You can manage Skype for Business settings for Skype for Business users in your organization in the Microsoft Teams admin center. Go to the Skype for Business tab on the user details page. From here, you can manage external access and meeting settings for individual users. Learn more.

  • Manage Skype for Business settings for your organization: You can manage Skype for Business features for Skype for Business users in your organization in the Microsoft Teams admin center. Go to Org-wide settings > Skype for Business. From here, you can manage Skype Meeting Broadcast, presence, and mobile notifications. Learn more.

October 16, 2020

  • Manage shift-based access for Frontline Workers: As an admin, you can configure Teams to show a set of shift-based presence states for the Frontline Workers in your organization to indicate when they're on and off shift. With shift-based access, you can manage access to Teams when Frontline Workers are off shift. For example, you can set Teams to display a message that Frontline Workers must acknowledge before they can use Teams when they're not on a scheduled shift. Learn more.

October 15, 2020

  • Custom policy packages: This feature is in private preview Custom policy packages let you bundle your own set of policies for users with similar roles in your organization. Create your own policy packages by adding the policy types and policies that you need. Learn more.

  • Add an app to a team in the Microsoft Teams admin center: On the Manage apps page of the Microsoft Teams admin center, you can use the Add to team button to install an app to a team. Learn more.

October 1, 2020

  • Use OneDrive for Business and SharePoint for meeting recordings: Microsoft Teams has a new method for saving meeting recordings. As the first phase of a transition from classic Microsoft Stream to the new Stream, this method stores recordings on Microsoft OneDrive for Business and SharePoint in Microsoft 365 and offers many benefits. Learn more.

  • Free audio conferencing for small to medium businesses: If you're a small or medium-sized business with up to 300 users and you currently don’t have any Audio Conferencing licenses, you can get Audio Conferencing free for one year. This free offer is available starting October 1, 2020. Learn more.

  • View app permissions and grant admin consent in the Microsoft Teams admin center: Now in Teams admin center global admins will be able to review and grant consent to Graph API permissions registered in Azure Active Directory, on behalf of the entire tenant for the permissions an app is requesting such as reading information stored in a team or sending an email on behalf of users. Now IT admins will be able to review resource-specific consent (RSC) permissions for the apps within Teams admin center. With that admins will be able to unblock their users for the third-party apps they have already reviewed and approved to use in their organization. Learn more.

  • Calling Plans support for Austria, Denmark, Italy, Portugal, Sweden, and Switzerland: We've recently added calling plan support for Austria, Denmark, Italy, Portugal, Sweden, and Switzerland. Learn more.

September 29, 2020

  • Meeting policy settings: Adding two policy settings for IP audio and IP video in Teams meetings policies: Mode for IP audio and Mode for IP video. You can now set incoming and outgoing IP audio and IP video in Teams meeting policies. Learn more.

September 27, 2020

  • Simplified notification setting: Users can now manage their notifications settings in a more simplified manner with enhanced functionalities.

September 24, 2020

  • Teams integration with Android contacts: Call using Teams directly through your Android Phonebook.

September 21, 2020

  • Manage Microsoft Power Platform apps in the Microsoft Teams admin center: As an admin, you can control whether users can see and install Microsoft Power Platform apps in Built by your colleagues on the Apps page in Teams. You can collectively block or allow all apps created in Power Apps or all apps created in Power Virtual Agents at the org level on the Manage apps page or for specific users using app permission policies. Learn more.

September 19, 2020

  • Sharing files in Microsoft Teams: In Microsoft Teams, users can share content with other Teams users within and outside their organization. Sharing in Teams is based on the settings configured in SharePoint and OneDrive, so whatever you set up for SharePoint and OneDrive will control sharing in Teams as well. Learn more.

September 16, 2020

  • New third-party video provider Riverbed: Use Teams live events settings to configure settings for live events that are held in your organization. You can set up a support URL and configure a third-party video distribution provider. These settings apply to all live events that are created in your organization. Riverbed is a new third-party provider. Learn more.

September 15, 2020

  • Skype for Business Online Connector integrated to Teams PowerShell module: The latest Teams PowerShell public release is integrated with Skype for Business Online Connector, providing a single module for Teams PowerShell management. Learn more.

September 8, 2020

  • Porting PIN: We added the ability to set up and manage a PIN used for porting or transferring phone numbers. You'll provide this PIN to the PSTN service desk when you want to port numbers out to a service provider from Microsoft. Learn more.

September 3, 2020

  • Custom apps store in Microsoft Teams: Now you can customize the Teams Apps store with your organizational branding by adding your logo, custom backgrounds, and custom text colors to make it more inviting to end users. Learn more.

September 1, 2020

  • On-demand translation in Android: Inline message translation is a Microsoft Teams feature that lets users translate Teams messages into the language specified by their personal language settings. The translation setting is On by default. Learn more.

August 17, 2020

  • Group chat size increase: We added the ability to now have 250 participants in a group chat. Learn more.

  • Manage the Praise app: The Praise app in Microsoft Teams helps users show appreciation to members of their organization or classroom. The Praise app has a selection of badge sets to choose from and provides the option to create your own badges. Praise is designed to help recognize the effort that goes into the wide range of work that Teams users do, from educators to Frontline Workers. Learn more.

  • Set up Coordinated Meetings with Microsoft Teams Rooms and Surface Hub: If you've one or more Microsoft Teams Rooms devices or Surface Hubs in a meeting room, you can set up Coordinated Meetings. Coordinated Meetings lets you set up your Teams Rooms devices and Surface Hubs so that when you join a meeting on one device, the other devices in the room are also joined to the same meeting. Learn more.

  • Tagging by shift: With this feature, people are automatically assigned tags that match their schedule and shift group name in the Shifts app in Teams. Learn more.

August 14, 2020

  • Cortana voice skills in Teams: Cortana voice skills in Teams mobile app help users perform meeting, communication, and collaboration tasks simply using spoken natural language. Users can speak to Cortana by clicking on the microphone button in Teams app and make requests like “Call Megan” or “Send a message to my next meeting” if they need to connect with someone while juggling household chores or walking the dog or generally on the go. Users can join meetings simply by saying “Join my next meeting” or check their calendar by asking “what do I have this morning”. Once in a meeting or a call, they can invoke Cortana from the overflow menu in the meeting stage and perform typical in-meeting tasks like adding people by name or number (“Add Megan to the call”), deck presentation (“present the quarterly review deck”) or navigating slides (“Go to the appendix slide”). Other things that the feature supports are finding and sharing files, search, and navigating within the Teams app (“Open my chat with John, Go to my unread activity, Go to my mentions etc.). Cortana in Teams meets the same enterprise-level privacy, security, and compliance promises for Cortana enterprise services, as reflected in the Online Services Terms (OST). Learn more.

  • Teams Devices Administrator: Users with this role can manage Teams certified devices from the Teams admin center. They can check details of each device including the account that is signed in, and the make and model of the device. They can change the settings on the device, update the software, and restart devices remotely. Learn more.

August 12, 2020

  • Lists app in Teams: Teams users can now directly manage, create, and maintain their lists using the Lists app tab. The Lists app works on all Teams clients and enables collaboration and communication around list items. Learn more.

August 6, 2020

  • Approve custom apps: Approve custom apps submitted through the Teams App Submission API. Learn more.

August 3, 2020

  • Purchase services for Teams third-party apps in the Microsoft Teams admin center: Teams apps are free to install and some may require purchasing service subscriptions to experience the app's full functionality and scope. These service subscriptions are called Software as a Service (SaaS) offers, which are available for purchase through AppSource and now through the Microsoft Teams admin center. Learn more.

  • Publish a custom app submitted through the Teams App Submission API: Developers can use the Teams App Submission API to submit custom apps directly to the Microsoft Teams admin center for admins to review and approve. Learn more.

July 29, 2020

  • Enhanced Manageability using Device Tagging functionality: As part of enhanced manageability, we are releasing Device Tagging functionality. It will enable IT admins to group-specific set of devices with user-generated Tags and perform actions on the same. Learn more.

  • View-only in meetings: View-only allows for up to 20,000 listen-only participants to join a meeting in which the organizer has a license for the Advanced Communications add-on SKU.1 This is a preview or early release feature. Learn more.

July 28, 2020

  • Create your own Teams template: You can now use templates from the Admin console to create your own Teams template or create a Teams template from existing templates. Learn more.

July 20, 2020

  • Admins can control outgoing webhooks at the user level: Admins can control outgoing webhooks at the user level by allowing or blocking the Outgoing Webhooks app in app permission policies. Learn more.

July 17, 2020

  • NDI-out for Teams meetings: We added the ability to enable NDI-Out to a Teams meeting. NDI-Out allows for the audio and video of a meeting to be utilized by video production tools. Learn more.

July 15, 2020

  • Enable suggested replies: Turn this setting on to enable suggested replies for chat messages. Learn more.

July 9, 2020

  • Voicemail support in call queues: We added support for call queues to use a shared voicemail box. Learn more.

July 8, 2020

  • Policy packaging batch assignment: We made it possible to use PowerShell to batch assign a Policy Package for user and groups. Learn more.

July 7, 2020

  • Sensitivity labels for Teams: Sensitivity labels allow Teams admins to regulate access to sensitive organizational content created during collaboration within teams. Learn more.

July 2, 2020

  • Suggested replies: We added the ability for Teams users to have a suggested reply to their conversations. These suggestions will appear at the bottom of a chat message if they're enabled. They make replying to messages quick and easy! Learn more.

  • Transferring incoming calls: We added the ability for auto attendants and call queue incoming calls to be transferred to an external PSTN phone number. Learn more.

June 30, 2020

  • Install apps on behalf of others: You choose which apps are installed by default for users when they start Teams. Learn more.

  • Screen sharing on behalf of others: Many IT Admins have complained that they can't have their employees screen share from chat when they disable the AllowPrivateCalling policy. This feature work has decoupled the ability to start a screens hare from chat from the AllowPrivateCalling policy, but it still blocks users from adding audio/video to the screen share session if their AllowPrivateCalling policy is disabled.

June 29, 2020

  • Walkie Talkie app in Microsoft Teams: Instant voice communication using push-to-talk. Learn more.

June 25, 2020

  • Teams filter option: We added a new filter option in the command bar so you can set specific parameters when searching for specific teams.

  • Users widgets: We added a new User summary widget that's available when you're adding teams and channels.

June 21, 2020

  • Sign in restrictions for Android and iOS users: If user isn't signed in to their Microsoft 365 account anywhere else, they'll be asked to provide single-factor or multifactor authentication (SFA or MFA), depending on what your organization has configured for mobile sign-in policies. Learn more.

June 15, 2020

  • Monitor shifts with audit logs: You can search the audit log to view Shifts activity in your organization. Learn more.

June 11, 2020

  • Call queues - Presence-based routing: When turned off, calls will be routed to agents who have opted in to receive calls, regardless of their presence state. When turned on, opted-in agents will receive calls only when their presence state is Available. Learn more.

June 10, 2020

  • Call queues - Longest-idle routing: When you choose this, incoming calls will be routed to call agents who haven't answered an incoming call for the longest period of time. Learn more.

June 1, 2020

  • Raise hand in meetings: Users can now raise a virtual hand in a meeting! Other participants will see your raised hand next to your name in the meeting stage and next to your name in the roster. Learn more.

May 15, 2020

  • Add more people to a chat: We made it possible to now add up to 350 people to a single chat thread.

May 5, 2020

  • Easily access meeting options from within a Teams meeting in progress: We're 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.

  • Download a participant report in a Teams meeting: Meeting organizers, especially teachers, often need to know who joined their Teams meetings. Soon you'll 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 within the meeting while the meeting is active. Available on desktop (Windows and Mac) and the web. Learn more.

April 26, 2020

  • Include system audio in live events: Presenters and producers in live events can now include system audio when sharing a desktop or window screen during the live event. This will allow your users to hear any audio part of the content you're sharing.

April 24, 2020

  • Team and channel analytics: In addition to team analytics, now you can also view channel level metrics and insights. We've also enhanced the time period to 90 days so you can analyze data for longer periods. Apart from that, this release also includes new metrics and charts around the count of posts, replies, and meetings for a team or channel. Learn more.

April 20, 2020

  • Enable organizers to change lobby settings for dial-in participants: This setting controls whether people who dial in by phone join the meeting directly or wait in the lobby regardless of the Automatically admit people setting.

April 8, 2020

  • Customize meeting video backgrounds: When you're meeting with video, you now have the choice of different static background images to use. This will let you show this image and not the actual background of where you're sitting. Learn more.

April 1, 2020

  • Teams for RealWear: Microsoft Teams client for RealWear enables Frontline Workers using RealWear's ruggedized head-mounted wearables to operate Teams 100 percent hands-free and seek remote assistance from experts using Teams video calling. Learn more.

March 31, 2020

  • Tag, you're it: Create tags and assign people to them so you can @mention a group, role, department, etc. Team owners, try it out for yourselves. Go to a team, select More options > Manage tags. Learn more.

March 30, 2020

  • Policy-based recording for Teams calls and meetings: This feature enables automatic policy-based recordings of Teams calls and meetings via Microsoft-certified software vendors.

March 25, 2020

  • Manage your Collaboration Bar devices in Microsoft Teams: As an admin, you want to manage all your Collaboration Bar devices from Microsoft Teams admin center. You can view inventory of devices, take specific actions on the devices and give commands remotely to all the devices.