New Gallery in Teams Meetings

We are introducing a revamped version of the gallery in Teams meetings and calls. The new gallery will be the default view when users join their meetings, so that they can use it without the need of taking an action. 

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 118467


Retirement of some Teams/Microsoft 365 connectors

We will be retiring some Microsoft Teams connector apps (or Microsoft 365 connectors) starting January 2023. The list of retiring apps is available in the below documentation:

  1. Considerations when using Connectors in Teams
  2. Connect apps to your inbox in Outlook on the web


Microsoft Teams: In-context Stores

The in-context stores are found in menus throughout the Teams experience that let users discover and install apps that support the specific context the user is in. For example, when a user opens the Message extension (ME) in-context store they are shown a selection of apps that have the ME capability. Discovering apps in the in-context Store keeps users in their flows and reduces the
confusion regarding the apps capability users face today when installing apps from the Store.


Microsoft Teams: Busy-on-busy End User Setting

Manage how incoming calls are routed when you are busy in an existing call or meeting directly from your Calls settings in the Teams app or on the web. Choose from the option to allow calls to come through, play a busy signal, or to redirect the call based on your unanswered call routing preference.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 86991


Microsoft Teams: Force Public Preview Setting

Microsoft Teams Public Preview provides early access to pre-release features for product quality, internal planning, adoption & training readiness before they roll out to the rest of their company.

Public preview is enabled on a per-user basis, and the option to turn on Public Preview is controlled via Teams admin policy as described here: Microsoft Teams Public Preview


Microsoft Teams: Teams Admin Center: Simplified navigation

Simplified Left Navigation for TAC feature aims to improve the administrator experience by reducing clutter and simplifying the navigation process. The feature will hide less used left navigation menu items by default and provide an option for administrators to pin them to the default view if they choose. This way the navigation will be tailored to the specific needs of
each administrator, making it faster and easier for them to find the information they need.


Microsoft Teams: Ultrasound Howling Detection

When multiple people join a meeting in the same room then a feedback loop is created which causes echo and in most cases the echo quickly escalates to howling (like when a musician holds the mic too close to a loudspeaker). If multiple users on laptops join from the same location, we share with the user that another Teams Device is detected in the vicinity and is already joined with audio to the current meeting. We will automatically mute the mic and speakers of the person who has joined post a user who has joined with audio on.


Microsoft Teams: Record video messages directly from within a Teams chat using Video clips in government cloud

Video clip is a new feature in Microsoft Teams that enables the user to record, review, send and view short-form video in Teams chat from desktop and mobile.


Microsoft Teams: Live Captions Usability Improvement

The new Caption Settings pane allows for better discovery and easier navigation. Users have the ability to customize the size and color of their font as well as the height and position of the caption window with the option to scroll to review captions of what has been said, up
to one minute ago.


Microsoft Teams: Join meetings from calendar view on Apple CarPlay

You can now choose to join a meeting from the new calendar view on Apple CarPlay on your iPhone.


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