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7 of the most important new features in the Microsoft Teams app

 


Microsoft last Friday launched a major update to the "Teams" app for video calls, including a host of new features that will be available to users during the month, including: automatic offline transmission, outlook access via drag and drop, a new approval center, and many more.

Today we'll show the most important new features in teams that make it easy for you to communicate and collaborate with others in performing tasks easily:

1. Offline auto send:


Offline auto send allows you to continue sending messages over Teams even offline, which determines when Teams messages are sent or edited when the user is offline, and these messages are automatically sent as soon as the device returns to the Internet.

2- The new approval center:

 

 

 You can use the Approvals app in Teams to simplify approval requests and processes with your team colleagues and partners, where you can create requests, and view requests sent to you, but now the application has a feature called Approvals Hub.

It's also easy to send requests for approval via team chat directly, in a channel conversation, or by applying for the approvals themselves. Just select the type of approval, add details, attach files, and choose who you want to approve. Once sent, they are notified and can review the application and act accordingly.

A wide range of approval applications can be submitted, such as: requiring a co-worker to give the client a discount, requesting an expense report, or applying for leave, and much more.

3. Add a shared calendar to a channel in the Teams app:


 The latest update of the Teams app includes a new feature that lets you create a calendar and share it with members of a particular channel. When you create a meeting in a channel, Teams automatically creates a new publication in the channel's activity summary.

Users who have stopped notifications won't see the event until they open the channel calendar, and once the channel event is published you can add it to your personal calendar. This feature provides all members within the channel, except guest users, with a view of upcoming events.

4. Easily transfer attachments from Outlook:


Before the last update, if you want to share any attachments from Outlook mail in the Teams app, you should have saved the email attachment in your device first, and then uploaded it to the Teams app to share the conversation or channel you want.

But now it's so simple: all you have to do is pull attachments from Outlook and drop them in teams, to learn how to use this feature in detail, you can see an article: "How to easily transfer attachments from Outlook mail to Teams."

5. Break rooms at Teams group discussions:

 

With teachers and meeting organizers looking for ways to encourage meaningful discussions, participants need to be divided into smaller groups to facilitate discussions.

Microsoft has therefore launched breakout rooms to facilitate group discussions, as it has become easier for managers to divide teams into smaller groups to perform certain tasks, or because they are projects more quickly.

Using this feature, teachers, and educators will be able to divide their classes into smaller groups for things, such as projects or focused discussions.

6. Teams integration with Google Workspace:


It's now easy to schedule and join Team meetings directly from your Google calendar using the new Teams add. You can make video calls, put ideas with a digital blackboard, and stay connected at your school and business.

7.New settings to oversee conversations at meetings:


 Meeting organizers and teachers can now choose from three chat settings to help create a safe and inclusive meeting environment, including:

  • (Active) Enabled: This is the setting that is set by default in the Teams app, which allows conversations for all attendees at the meeting at any time.
  • (Disabled) Disabled: This is a setting that, when activated, both the organizer and participants will not be able to use the chat feature during the meeting.
  • (Only during the meeting) Only during the meeting: This is a setting that, when activated, allows participants to send messages only during the meeting, while the organizer can send messages at any time.
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