What's NEW for your Teams and Webex desktop apps
With the popularity of teleworking and online collaboration over the past few months, the developers with Microsoft Teams and Cisco Webex have been busy improving our meeting experience. Read on to find out how you can start using most of these new updates now and what’s coming soon.
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Microsoft Teams has tweaked the desktop app to improve your meeting experience. Most of the updates, like pop-out meetings, can be switched on now (see steps in this post)
Other features are being fine-tuned and will launch within the next few days.
Pop-out meetings and docked meeting controls
Currently, a Teams meeting appropriates your entire Teams interface. But calls and meetings will soon automatically pop out into their own window so you can move a meeting to the most convenient spot of your screen and continue to access the rest of your Teams app.
Meeting controls will also park in the upper right of the meeting window – out of the way and never hidden.
Take notes within the meeting window – they’re saved in the channel’s Notes tab. To open the side pane and start taking notes, click the More options (…) ellipsis menu in the meeting controls bar and choose “Show meeting notes.”
A great new universal design feature is live captions. Using the Microsoft Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) technology service, Teams detects what is being said and creates a caption in real time, giving meeting participants a more inclusive experience. Just start a meeting and activate live captions from the More options (…) ellipsis menu. Please note that meeting captions are not saved.
To pay closer attention when content is shared, temporarily close other participants’ video feeds by clicking the More options (…) ellipsis menu in the meeting controls bar and choosing “Focus mode.”
Large gallery view and together mode
With large gallery view, see up to 49 video streams at once (ten or more attendees sharing video). For something fun and different, together mode mimics a conference room (five or more participants sharing video).
Find either option in the More options (…) ellipsis menu.
Switch on Teams features TODAY
- Open the Teams desktop app
- Click your profile icon (top right)
- Click Check for updates (any updates could take a moment to install)
- Click your profile icon again
- Click Settings
- Under General, click this option:
Turn on new meeting experience…
- Close Settings
- Quit Teams
Mac – app menu bar/Force Quit
Windows – task bar/right click/Quit
- Restart Teams
To learn more about Teams meetings and these exciting new features, visit this Microsoft Office Support page.
Improved Cisco Webex Experience
Earlier this month, Webex launched the new 40.9 in-meeting experience, and like Microsoft Teams, updates the interface through several optimized and improved features.
Intuitive audio and video settings preview
The audio selection menu has been moved to a more prominent position over the Join Meeting button. Now you’re less likely to forget checking audio settings BEFORE joining your meeting.
Also, the larger preview window lets you actually check your “meeting face.”
Prominent meeting controls
Meeting controls no longer clutter the meeting space but now reside at the bottom of the meeting window. They’re also intuitively grouped: Mute and Stop Video are grouped together, then the other options like Share and Record, and finally, the Participants and Chat open/close panels are conveniently on the right.
The control buttons also have drop-down menus and sport easy-to-read labels to help you quickly share, record and find the all-important Mute option. However, if you’re short on screen space, the controls automatically adjust to an appropriate size.
The audio button also signals when you are speaking (it turns green) to let you know if you need to adjust the volume or device.
Breakout Rooms – The Most-Requested Feature
One of the most-requested features in both Teams and Webex is the ability to use breakout spaces within a meeting. This allows a smaller group of attendees to have a private discussion and then rejoin the larger meeting.
Teams Webex Online Meetings
ITCS has been working with Microsoft on this feature for the past few months, and ECU users are now able to test and report feedback before the final version is launched. Look for details in a future article.
According to Webex, breakout sessions will be available by the end of September. See this breakout session article from Webex to learn about this much-anticipated feature.
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