If you have used Teams with people in other parts of globe, you probably already know how difficult it is to create a feeling of solidarity when working together over such a long distance. Bringing people together and allowing them to have video conferences with up to 49 people that still have a personal touch is one of the key concerns at Microsoft. In the new “Together Mode” participants appear a lot closer, even if they’re miles apart. The new backgrounds include scenes such as a virtual café, where you can go for a virtual coffee break with your colleagues.
It’s only been a few months since Microsoft gave participants the option to decide what they can see in Teams. Further functions have been added to the dynamic view so that presenters will soon be able to use custom layouts to decide individually which content participants are allowed to see in a meeting. Imagine a moderator is showing a PowerPoint slide and suddenly they appear in front of it—just like on the news, where they use a green screen.
Have you always wanted to split up groups in a virtual workshop so that they can work on separate projects? You can now. One of the most-requested functions for Teams is about to be introduced—Breakout rooms. You can easily divide your participants into smaller groups to accelerate work group discussions. The trick is that moderators can easily switch between the different groups, make announcements and even close breakout rooms to bring the participants back in to the main room.
For those of you that find it hard to stay below the restrictions on participants for conferences, there is now hope. If you use the advanced communication add-on, you will be able to hold meetings with up to 1,000 participants with the full meeting experience by the end of the year. You will also receive enhanced support for webinars e.g. registering participants with automated e-mails, which allows you to manage participation more easily and display a report dashboard after the meeting to understand the participants’ interaction.