Microsoft Teams: See multiple participants and shared content preview in improved presenter window when screen sharing

When sharing the screen or content, the presenter will now be able to better keep track of the participants’ activity during a meeting. The Improved Presenter Window shows up to four meeting participants (both video and audio), who are active speakers and who raised hands, as well as a preview of the content being shared. Meeting notifications appear in the middle of the screen for better visibility. This gives presenters increased confidence and awareness of what is happening among participants during a meeting.

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Announcing updated settings in Microsoft Outlook for iOS

The Microsoft Outlook for iOS Settings page is being updated so that you can find the settings you need more efficiently.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 185388

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Updated Alerts and Incidents tab in the Microsoft Defender XDR services Identity page

We are aligning the Alerts and Incidents tab experience in the Microsoft Defender XDR services Identity page with other assets pages in the security.microsoft.com portal. Currently, the Device page and other asset pages use a common template for Alert and Incident, which the User page has now adopted. 

When this will happen:

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Microsoft Entra ID: Authentication strength improvements to support passkeys

Conditional Access authentication strengths in Microsoft Entra ID will be improved to support registration of device-bound passkeys (defined at passkeys.dev) stored on computers, security keys, and mobile devices. 

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 182056.

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Microsoft Teams: Describe it to design it in Teams Workflows

Can’t find a workflow template that matches what you need in Microsoft Teams? You will now be able to describe in detail how you want your automation to work and receive a workflow to match your needs. All you need to do is select the Workflow builder button at the bottom of the create dialog in the Workflows app in Microsoft Teams chat and channel overflow menu. 

Workflow builder will come to the Workflows app in Microsoft Teams chat and channel overflow menu first. Other entry points to Workflows will get this feature later.

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Microsoft Defender for Office 365: Block Sender in Quarantine notification will require signing in to security portal

Following the feature update described in Message Center post MC711335 – Microsoft Defender for Office 365: Quarantine End User Allow and Block list management, published January 31st, 2024, sign in to the security portal will be required for the Block Sender action in Quarantine notifications. 

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 380185

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The new Microsoft Planner app in Microsoft Teams

The new Microsoft Planner is a single, unified work management experience. It brings together the simplicity of Microsoft To Do, the collaboration of Planner, the power of Microsoft Project, and the intelligence of Microsoft Copilot for Microsoft 365 into a single, simple solution that spans from individual task management and frontline task management to enterprise and professional project management.

We are updating the existing Tasks by Planner and To Do app in Microsoft Teams to the new Microsoft Planner app, which will maintain all existing app functionality and add new options and features to help users be more productive.

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Microsoft Teams: Use Apple AirPods to mute/unmute yourself

Note: If your organization does not use macOS, you can ignore this message.

You will soon be able to mute or unmute yourself with Apple AirPods in Microsoft Teams on Macs running macOS Sonoma. The same functionality is already available on iPhones running iOS17.

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Microsoft Edge management service: Controls for automatic profile switching

The Microsoft Edge management service is a new, dedicated, and simplified management experience for Microsoft Edge in the Microsoft 365 admin center. Controls for automatic profile switching in the Edge management service has begun rolling out for preview. This new feature allows IT admins to configure profile switching behaviors for their end users, helping enforce context separation between work and personal browsing.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 382636

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Microsoft Teams: Personalize group chats with avatars

In Microsoft Teams, we are introducing custom avatars for group chats. Group chat members will be able to upload their own image or select a built-in image or emoji, to add a layer of inclusivity and expression to their chat as well as helping visually identity chats with similar titles or participants.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 119305.

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