New Side-by-side and Reporter Presenter modes with desktop and window sharing

This new first of its kind feature release will allow presenters, while sharing a screen in Presenter modes, to be able to present in two new presentation layouts in an immersive experience alongside their content.

This feature is rolling out on Microsoft Teams desktop app for both Windows and Mac.

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PSTN Service Desk email support transition

Beginning July 22, 2021 there will be a new process to interact with the PSTN service desk for your requests for phone number porting and phone number ordering support. You will now be able to open tickets, view tickets, and track communication in the brand new Phone Number Service Center portal that will be integrated with the Teams Admin Center!

Note: This transition has already been announced via outgoing emails on existing requests, and new requests submitted via email will receive a response pointing the requestor at the new process.

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Pin a chat message

Users can now pin a specific message, providing chat members with quick access to critical content at anytime.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 82584

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Variable playback speed for Teams meeting recordings

For Teams meeting recordings saved to OneDrive & SharePoint, you’ll now be able to change the playback speed (0.5x – 2x) while watching the video. Watching a Teams meeting recording at a playback speed greater than 1 is a great way to save time!

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 82002.

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New default native notification setting for new Teams users

With this change the default Notification Style (specifically for new users) will change to Native Notifications from Teams Built In. This will apply across Windows and Mac.

NOTE: The current default notification style for new users is Teams Built In.

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Registration available for View Only Attendees

View-Only Attendees are now able to register for your Webinars as a normal attendee would. Previously, View-Only Attendees did not have registration support.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 65952

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Releasing Fluid live components in Teams chat

Co-authoring content in Teams just got easier. Now you can send a chat message containing a live component that can be edited inline—in real time—by everyone in the chat.

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New default settings when opening Office files

This new feature allows users to set a default of browser, desktop or Teams when opening Office files (Word, Excel, and Power Point) that are shared in Teams.

  • The desktop setting can be selected if the user has Office version 16 or newer installed and activated.

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Real-time messaging protocol (RTMP) Streaming Support to Custom Endpoints

Microsoft Teams will support the ability for your users to stream their Teams meetings and webinars to large audiences through real-time messaging protocol (RTMP) including endpoints outside your organization.

This feature will rollout on desktop and Mac.

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Meeting Join Custom Branding

This new release of meeting Join Custom Branding will allow tenant admins to upload their company logo to the Teams admin portal so it appears on the meeting pre-join and lobby screens for meetings organized by members of their tenant.

The logo will be seen by users joining on desktop, web, and mobile.

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