Get a preview of new meeting features

Get a preview of new meeting features

Interested in trying out new meetings and calls features before they roll out as the default? Read on to learn how and to see a list of what you'll get to preview. 

Turn on the new meeting experience

  1. Select your profile picture at the top right of Teams, then Settings.

  2. On the General tab under Application, select Turn on new meeting experience. Then close Settings (select the X).

    • New meeting experience setting in Teams
  3. Finally, restart Teams so the changes take effect.

    • On Windows, right-click the Teams icon in the taskbar > Quit. Then open Teams again.

    • On Mac, Ctrl+click the Teams icon > Quit. Then open Teams again.

If you want to switch back, unselect the setting, then quit and restart Teams. 

What's included

After turning on the new experience and restarting Teams, the biggest thing you’ll probably notice is that any calls and meetings will pop out into their own window, separate from the main Teams window. This lets you more easily move between the meeting or call and your main Teams window. Here's what else you'll see:

  • Meeting and call controls are at the top of the meeting or call window, instead of the bottom. They’re docked there so you always have access to them (without jiggling your mouse) and they’re out of the way of the content and video that’s being shared.

  • Large gallery view lets you see up to 49 video streams at once. This view is available when there are 10 or more attendees who are sharing video. To switch to large gallery, go to More options (…) in the meeting controls > Large gallery.

  • Together mode lets you feel like you’re in the same shared space with everyone in the meeting. It’s in the same menu as Large gallery, just below it.

  • Meeting notes are now taken directly on the meeting’s Meeting notes tab in the main Teams window. To access or take notes from within the meeting window, select More options (…) > Show meeting notes and you’ll see the usual side pane come up. In the pane, there is a Take notes button that brings you to the Meeting notes tab.

  • Focus mode is available when content is being shared. If you’d like to pay close attention to content, without the distraction of seeing video feeds, Focus mode is for you. It’s available in the meeting controls under More options (…) > Focus mode.

  • Live captions are in the bottom center of the meeting screen, instead of to the left, for better readability. (English only)

Note that both Large gallery and Together mode are being rolled out gradually over the next few weeks. If you don’t see them right away, check again later.  

Common questions

For answers to common questions about the preview experience, see the blog post.

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