What's new in Microsoft Teams

Note: Microsoft Teams will not support Internet Explorer 11 starting November 30, 2020. Learn more. Please note that Internet Explorer 11 will remain a supported browser. Internet Explorer 11 is a component of the Windows operating system and follows the Lifecycle Policy for the product on which it is installed.

May 28, 2021

A bigger, better world of emoji

Express yourself in Teams with a wider range of diversity and representation. The emoji set in Teams has grown from 85 to over 800 emoji, including new categories and different skin tones for specific emoji.

Share system audio on macOS

When you share a desktop or window in Teams on Mac, you can now include your computer's sound so people that have joined the meeting can hear the audio coming from it. 

Improved sharing in Teams meetings

Want to share a PowerPoint slide deck, a window, Microsoft Whiteboard, or a specific screen on your device? With the redesigned sharing experience, it's now easier to find the right content when you need it. Need to share audio, too? You'll also find that when you select Share content  Share content icon in a Teams meeting.

For more details—including a screenshot of the new design—go to Share content in a meeting in Teams.

Manage who can turn on their camera 

There are two ways to prevent meeting attendees from turning their camera on during meetings. Before the meeting, in Meeting options, turn off the Allow camera for attendees? toggle and then select Save. During the meeting, the organizer and presenters can disable the camera of all or individual attendees by selecting More options  Teams more options icon next to Participants and then Disable camera for attendees

For more details, see Manage attendee audio and video permissions in Teams meetings.

May 17, 2021

Set your out of office from Teams

Whether you're going on an adventure for a week or offline for the afternoon, you can now set your out of office status and Automatic Replies from the Teams desktop or web app. 

Select your profile picture, and then Set status message > Schedule out of office. Or go to Settings > General > Out of Office and select Schedule. Just as you would in Outlook, you can personalize  your automatic reply and choose how long it's set.

April 30, 2021

Choose your notification style

If you are using Teams on Windows, you now have the option to choose between the Teams built-in (purple) desktop notifications or your PC's Windows desktop notifications. With Windows notification style you have more control, such as muting notifications while in Focus assist mode.

To change your notifications style, select Settings > Notifications. In the menu next to Notification style, select the arrow and choose Windows.

Note: Make sure you have notifications turned on for Teams in your Windows setting, otherwise Teams can't send you desktop notifications.

April 23, 2021

New lobby settings for people you invite

We've added a new lobby setting that lets people invited to the meeting to bypass the meeting lobby. You'll find this setting in Meeting options. In the dropdown next to Who can bypass the lobby?, choose People I invite.

Anyone who receives an invitation, including a forwarded invite, will join the meeting directly. This doesn't include distribution lists—people must be invited individually. To prevent forwarded invites, turn off Allow Forwarding in Outlook when you schedule the meeting.

To learn more about meeting settings, see Change participant settings for a Teams meeting.

New attendee mic settings in meetings

We've also got two new updates to how meeting organizers and presenters manage audio for their attendees.

The first update allows you to unmute attendees even if their hands aren't raised (previously required).

The second update helps organizers and presenters reduce distractions by preventing specific attendees from unmuting during a Teams meeting. Open the list of participants, select More options  Microsoft Teams more options icon next to a person's name, and then select Don't allow to unmute.

To learn more about managing audio in meetings, see Manage attendee audio permissions in Teams meetings.

April 9, 2021

Share an email to Teams from Outlook

While viewing an email in the Outlook desktop app. select Share to Teams located in the ribbon. In Outlook on the web (and the new Outlook for Mac), select More actions  Microsoft Teams more options icon and choose Share to Teams. Learn more at Share an email to Teams from Outlook.

March 19, 2021

Meet now or later

Now you can create an instant meeting by using the Meet now button at the top of Calendar. To start a meeting—and get a shareable link to it—select Meet now. Give the meeting a distinct name (to help find the meeting chat later) and then choose Get a link to share or Start meeting. If you choose Start meeting, you'll jump directly into a meeting where you can invite other to join. For more info, see Start an instant meeting in Teams.

Start a Teams meeting instantly from Outlook

Instant meetings have also made their way to Outlook for Windows. Just as you would in Teams, open your calendar in Outlook where you'll find Meet Now at the top of the ribbon. Select it to pop open a Teams meeting to get a meeting link or invite participants.

Let's recap

Teams now provides a recap of Teams meetings so participants—and those who couldn't make it—can review a completed meeting. A recap including the meeting recording, transcript, chat, shared files, and more are automatically shared in the meeting chat tab and viewable in the details tab of the meeting invite. Organizers will also find the attendance report here.

Note: Meeting recordings and transcripts are only available if someone in the meeting turns them on. Currently, transcription is only available in English.

March 5, 2021

Move around with the new grid view

When you're presenting a PowerPoint deck from the Teams desktop or web app, you have the option to skip certain slides (or go back to one) with the new grid view for presenters. To use grid view in a meeting, choose the PowerPoint option when you go to share content. While in a presentation, select Go to slide in the lower left of the presentation (or type G) to see a thumbnail view of each slide. Choose the thumbnail that you want, and you’ll go to that location.

Learn more about presenting in a Teams meeting at Share content in a meeting in Teams.

February 26, 2021

We've made history

Quickly revisit previous areas you've been to in Teams with the Back arrow  Back arrow  at the top of the app. When you hover over the arrow, a history of conversations, channels, apps, activities, tabs, and files will appear. Choose an item from the list to immediately jump back to that spot in Teams. Learn more at Use History to revisit where you've been.

February 19, 2021

When you just don't have the words

Show them what you're feeling with reactions—now in meetings. Choose from like, love, applause, and laugh. Learn how to use reactions in your next meeting at Express yourself in Teams meetings with live reactions.

New keyboard shortcuts in meetings

Use these shortcuts to raise your hand in a meeting and find out who else has theirs raised. Ctrl+Shift+K (Command+Shift+K on macOS) raises and lowers your hand. Ctrl+Shift+L (Command+Shift+L on macOS) will have your screen reader read aloud a list of anyone else currently raising their hand.

February 12, 2021

Presenters! Pick up where you left off

Whether you've stopped presenting and need to share again, or you and a colleague are tag-teaming a big presentation, Teams has your back. You—or anyone else with access to the file in the meeting—can stop presenting a PowerPoint deck and resume again from the same spot. When you go to share your screen in a meeting, choose the PowerPoint file you want to present. The next time it's shared in that meeting, you'll have the option to resume the presentation or start over.

Image of a Teams meeting banner asking if you want to resume presenting from the last slide you were on, with a button to dismiss or resume  

January 29, 2021

Your agenda is now in Teams for free

When you schedule a meeting in the free version of Teams you now have an agenda view that lists all of your upcoming meetings. With this new view you also get a way to copy an invite to share with others and and a shortcut to Meeting options. Get the full details at Getting started with meetings in Teams free.

A screenshot of the agenda calendar in Teams for free  

January 22, 2021

Google Workspace gets Teams meetings

Now, it's easy to schedule and join a Teams meeting directly from your Google Workspace calendar with the new Teams add-on. Make video calls, brainstorm together with a digital whiteboard, and stay connected across your school and work. Get instructions on how to add Teams to your Google Workspace at Install Teams meeting add-on for Google Workspace.

January 15, 2021

Set the scene with Together mode

We’ve got new scenes for your next meeting in Together mode. So take your team from the auditorium to a world of 8-bit pixels, a winter wonderland, or under the sea. To change the scene once you’re in Together mode, select Change scene  Edit icon (pencil)  in the bottom left corner of your meeting.

Publish a company-wide task list

Create and track work for your entire organization with the new task publishing feature in the Tasks app. Admins and managers can get full details on task publishing at Manage the Tasks app for your organization in Microsoft Teams.

You’ve been approved!

Use the Approvals app in Teams to streamline requests and processes with teammates and partners. Create requests, view ones sent to you, and access all past requests from one place. Watch a quick video to get up to speed on how it all works.

January 12, 2021

Have small group discussions with breakout rooms

With teachers and meeting organizers conducting lessons and large meetings online, people are looking for ways to encourage meaningful discussions. There's a need for large groups to be able to break out into smaller groups for more engaging conversations.

Luckily, you can get just that with breakout rooms in Teams meetings. Organizers can learn how to set up breakout rooms via the Windows or Mac desktop app at Use breakout rooms in Teams meetings.

January 8, 2021

Channel calendars have arrived

Schedule meetings as a team with the new shared channel calendar. Now you can view all channel events in one location and add them to your personal calendar. Get all the details at See all your meetings in Teams.

December 18, 2020

All the teams you want

You get a team and you get a team! Everyone gets as many teams as they need now that there's no longer a cap on how many your org can create. Enjoy the freedom of unlimited teams and organize your work in the way that works best for you and your teammates.

More languages available in live events

In the on-going effort to bring more inclusive collaboration to Teams we've added more languages to our live event captions and translations. Hindi, French, Korean, and more! You'll get captions for the spoken language, or translated subtitles in your native language. 

Get the full list of supported languages at Use live captions in a live event.

Five minutes left

When you reach the last five minutes of your scheduled meeting, a banner will pop up at the top of your meeting to remind everyone that it's almost time to wrap things up.

December 10, 2020

New look when you join a meeting

When you join a Teams meeting you'll be greeted with a new look to your audio and video settings. On the right are your audio settings. Choose between using your computer's speakers (default), a meeting room, your phone, or disable all audio.

On the left, you'll get a preview of your video and a setting to turn on background effects. Need to find a specific mic or camera? Under your video preview, select Settings gear icon to open device settings. Use the dropdown menus on the right to find what you're looking for.

Put a pin in it

Make it easy for you and teammates to access an important post in a channel by pinning it.  Have company instructions everyone needs to reference? Pin them. Throwing a cyber disco party? Pin the invite for quick access to all the details. Whatever the message is, you can make it quick and easy to find by hovering on the message and selecting More options  More options icon  > Pin  Pin .

All items pinned in a channel can be found in the channel info pane. You'll find this at the top, right of the channel. Select Show channel info  Channel info button  and you'll find Pinned posts below the list of members who've recently contributed to the channel.

December 9, 2020

Be a Teams early bird

If you'd like to try out new Teams features first, join the Teams public preview program! It's new this month. Note that your admin needs to allow access before you can join. Learn how to turn on preview at Get early access to new Teams features.

Check out our blog post to learn more about the first set of features available for early preview.

December 8, 2020

Do not disturb until after lunch

You can now set a duration for your status in Teams. All you need to do is select your profile picture at the top of the app, select your status (Available, Do not Disturb, etc.) that shows under your name, then select Duration. From there, choose your status and how long you want it to display.

Cut out the background noise 

Go to your profile picture at the top of the Teams, go to Settings > Devices > Noise suppression. In the menu, select High for an even stronger suppression of background sounds. So whether your roommate barks at the mailman or does gymnastics outside your door, Teams has you covered with a blanket of quiet.

November 20, 2020

Teams for your personal life, now on desktop 

Connect with family and friends on the new desktop app for Teams for your personal life. Now you can organize plans as a group, store personal information, and share memories whether on the go or from your computer. Get all the details at Introducing Microsoft Teams for your personal life.

Do more in meetings with apps

Enhance your online meeting experience with apps. Just like adding a tab to a chat or channel, after you've sent an invite, open up the meeting details and select Plus sign icon  at the top and choose an app, then select Add. Get the full details at Use apps in meetings.

November 17, 2020

Multilingual communication just got better

In the Windows desktop app, Teams spellchecker will now detect when you switch languages and adjust accordingly. Spellcheck also now defaults to your operating system's keyboard language and will adjust whenever you switch between keyboard languages.

Top message results

In the continued effort to bring you more relevant results, you'll now see the three most relevant messages at the top of the Messages tab when you search. Type a word or phrase in the command box at the top of Teams and press Enter. Select the Messages tab and you'll get three Top results followed by All results.

October 29, 2020

Keep it secret, keep it safe

To provide you with even more privacy, Teams now lets you turn off message previews in your desktop notifications. Message previews are on by default. To turn them off, go to your profile picture, select Settings > Notifications > Show message preview. From here, switch the toggle to off.

Appear offline in Teams

You can now set your status in Teams to Appear offline, You'll still receive notifications if anyone messages you, but you'll be able to work in Teams while appearing invisible to others. Like magic!

Notification settings got a makeover

Check out the new, simplified organization of your notification settings. To access, go to your profile picture, select Settings > Notifications and you're there. 

Become a pro at notifications and learn more about the changes at Manage notification in Teams.

New industry-based team templates 

Use team templates created specifically for your industry to help you create teams optimized for the way you work. There are also some new templates for project management, employee in-boarding, and more.

Learn how to use templates at Create a team from a template.

Transfer meetings between devices

Seamlessly switch between devices when in a Teams meeting. So if you join a meeting from your phone while making your morning cup of caffeine, you can transfer to your computer when you get to your desk and no one will be the wiser.

October 16, 2020

Freehand by InVision brings whiteboarding to the new meeting experience

You can now use the Freehand by Invision app to collaborate in meetings in the new Teams meeting experience. Have fun sketching new ideas and brainstorming from the comfort and safety of a Teams meeting.

Notification settings have a new look

Check out the new notification settings in Teams. The updated organization makes it easier to find the exact notifications you want so you can keep track of the activity you care about. To access, go to your profile picture > Settings > Notifications

October 9, 2020

Take a peek at your meetings

View meeting details from your calendar without opening the meeting. All you need to do is hover your cursor over the event in your calendar and a brief summary of details will pop up for you to read.

Speaker name added to Live captions 

Live captions are now able to attribute the name of the speaker when generating captions during a meeting. Live captions is currently available in US English only.

New keyboard shortcuts

For improved accessibility in Teams, there are two new shortcuts. To start a new conversation, type Alt+Shift+C on PC and Opt+Shift+C on Mac. To reply to a thread, type Alt+Shift+R on PC and Opt+Shift+R on Mac.

New attendee audio option for meetings

Meeting organizers can now disable attendee mics to prevent them from unmuting during a meeting. In Meeting options, go to Allow attendees to unmute and switch the toggle to Yes.

September 25, 2020

Better access to meeting notes

Meeting notes now supports up to 100 meeting participants at a time. Participants who have access to notes will now continue to have access to meeting notes, even after the meeting ends. Also, if anyone joins your meeting after it's scheduled and doesn't have access to notes, they can now request access from the notes owner. Get the full scoop at Take meeting notes in Teams.

Share the spotlight

Spotlighting a video is like pinning it for everyone in the meeting. If you're an organizer or a presenter, you can choose anyone's video (including your own) to be the main video people see. Learn how to bring everyone's focus on a specific person in Spotlight someone's video in a Teams meeting.

September 11, 2020

Push the big button

Introducing the updated New conversation button in channels. Confidently know you're starting a new conversation (and not replying to a thread) with the new button look. The same old keyboard shortcuts will still work for you and you can find those in Keyboard shortcuts for Microsoft Teams.

The new button is at the bottom of the channel. Select, New conversation to open the box where you write your message. Just as before, you can type a quick message and press Enter to send, or select Format  Expand button  to expand the box and use your formatting tools. Select Send  Send icon to send your message when in the expanded mode. 

September 4, 2020

SharePoint Lists are now in Teams

Create lists to manage work, track inventory, and more with your team.  Add a list to a channel by selecting Add a tab, then select Lists (you may need to search for the app by name). Create a list from scratch or choose from existing templates and team lists. Get started with Lists in Teams.

More online collaboration with Microsoft Whiteboard

Last month, Microsoft Whiteboard released new features that make it easier than ever to keep the creative process going while meeting online in Teams. Sticky notes, text objects, and more give you better organization of your whiteboard. Check out all the news on Microsoft Tech Community.

August 21, 2020

Real-time status updates in Teams

We're excited to announce that Teams now provides updates to everyone's statuses as they occur. What does that all mean? You're looking at more reliable and faster updates when your status—available, in a call, etc.—changes in Teams, including turning on and off your out of office (aka Automatic Replies) in Outlook. You'll also get faster updates to events in your calendar.

July 31, 2020

Preview new meeting and calling experience on desktop

So, what's the new experience? When you join a call or meeting in the Teams desktop app, they will pop out into a secondary window. Use the main window to continue to navigate around Teams without losing real estate in your meetings and calls.

Learn how to turn on the preview of this setting in Get a preview of new meeting features. Also, check out the full announcement on Microsoft Tech Community.

July 27, 2020

More control in meeting options

Now, you have the option to make everyone—even people from your organization—wait in the meeting lobby when they join a meeting you've organized.

To access this setting, open Meeting options. Then, where is asks Who can bypass the lobby?, select Only me. Learn how to access these options at Change participant settings for a Teams meeting.

Clearer options when joining a meeting via link

When you join a Teams meeting via a link, you're provided three options for how you can join. If you don't have the app, but want all the meeting functionality it provides, select the first button to download the app compatible with your operating system. Want to join via web? Select Continue on this browser. And, if you already have the app, select Open your Teams app to join the meeting like you would from the Teams calendar.

  Screenshot of the three options for joining a Teams meeting via a meeting link.

July 24, 2020

Channel meetings in an instant

It's easier to start a meeting in a channel. Select the Meet button at the top of a channel and choose to meet right away or to schedule a meeting. When you choose Meet now, you'll get the same options for setting your audio and video up before you join as you do for other meetings.

Meet button at the top of a channel in Teams

Access channel information

Know who your audience is in any given channel by selecting the i in the top right of a channel. You'll get the About section, a list of all the members who have access to the channel, and people who've recently contributed to the channel.

Instance of channel info pane featuring members and other info.  

July 17, 2020

Refresh the files tab

Now in channels, select Sync to refresh the files tab at any time to make sure you have the latest updates on your team's files.

Screenshot of a Teams channel files tab that highlights the sync button.

July 2, 2020

Search within a chat or channel

Want to search within a single channel or chat for something?  Go to the chat or channel, press Ctrl+F (or Cmd+F for Mac), then type what you want to search for. You'll get results from just that channel or chat. Works for one-on-one and group chats!

The /find command in Teams

June 26, 2020

Meeting and meeting chat size increased to 300

Get even more people participating in your large meetings with the increased capacity for Teams meetings and meeting chats. Now, up to 300 attendees can join the meeting and send messages in the meeting chat.

Access notification settings from Activity

Get quick access to notification settings by selecting Activity > Settings  Settings icon . Choose what activity you get notifications for, and where you get them. Learn more about Teams notifications in Six things to know about notifications.

June 19, 2020

Improved meetings in Safari 

When joining meetings using the Safari browser on Mac computer, you'll no longer be required to use Audio Conferencing to dial into meetings. The most recent improvements now use your device's built-in mic and speakers for talking and listening. 

June 15, 2020

Meet now, or later in Teams free

Along with instant meetings, you can now schedule a meeting for a future date in the free version of Teams. Read all the details at Getting started with meetings in Teams free.

Select Schedule a meeting button

June 9, 2020

Access pinned chats and channels while offline

Your most recent conversations, as well as your pinned chats and channels, are now available when working offline in Teams.

Customize your background

Whether it's outer space or your favorite cartoon living room, try out customized backgrounds in your next video call. Learn how at Change your background for a Teams meeting.

June 5, 2020

Group chat size increased to 250

More room for everyone, get a large group chat going with up to 250 participants.

Privacy for people joining meetings via phone

To increase privacy for participants joining a Teams meeting by dialing in via phone, Teams now obscures your number from any participants that are outside your organization. Your number will still show for teammates in your org.

March 2021

Join a full meeting

When a meeting reaches max capacity, you can still join as a view-only attendee.

Invite distribution lists and Modern Groups

When scheduling a Teams meeting, type the name of a distribution list or a Modern Group to add all the members to the meeting. 

February 2021

Say it with emojis

Live reactions are now available in Teams meetings when you join from your phone or tablet. Learn more about sending animated reactions including Like (thumbs up), Love (heart), Applause, and Laugh in meetings at Express yourself in Teams meetings with live reactions.

Present in a live event via iPad

Presenters, you can now join and run a live event from your iPad. Head on over to Present in a live event in Teams and select the iOS tab at the top of the page for more details.

Live event pre-join screen with button to join as a presenter

Remove account info from Teams

To clear account info, go to the sign-in screen and swipe left on the account that you want to delete. This will remove the account and related data from your mobile device, but it won't delete the account from your license. 

January 2021

Cyber meetups with friends and family

Teams for your personal life now lets you schedule and join events with individuals or a group. Learn more about meetings in Teams for your personal life.

Forward meetings

If you're not the meeting organizer, you can still forward a meeting invite to someone. Simply open the meeting and tap Details. Under the list of participants, you'll find Forward meeting. Then, type the name or email address of the recipient and tap Done

December 2020

Meeting options are in the details

Now, you can control your Meeting options (who can bypass the lobby, attendee mic control, etc.) from the details tab of a meeting. You'll need to open the meeting, then tap the Details tab. Immediately below the Participants section you'll find Settings icon  Meeting options.

Better search results for meetings

Whether you're in Activity, Chat, Teams, or Calendar, you can search for meetings in the search bar at the top of the app. Search phrases like "next meeting, "strategy meeting", etc. and a list of results will show.

Join breakout rooms from your phone

The meeting organizer will set up the breakout rooms from the Teams desktop app. You may be moved into your assigned breakout room as soon as the organizer opens the room. Otherwise, you'll receive an invitation to join the room. Learn more at Join a breakout room in a Teams meeting.

Teams sticks to your device's theme

Whether you choose the brightness of Light mode or the moodiness of Dark mode, Teams now defaults your app's theme to the one you've chosen for your device. To change the app theme, tap on your profile picture > Settings > Appearance.

November 2020

Incoming calls from any Teams account

You can now receive phone calls from any Teams account you're signed into in the mobile app, regardless of which account you're active in. 

October 2020

New status

Set your Teams status to Offline and be invisible while working in Teams. You'll still get your regular notifications, but everyone else will see you as offline. To set your status, tap your profile picture. Your status is directly under your name and will say something like Available, Busy, etc. Tap your status, then choose Offline.

New notification settings

Notification settings got a makeover and with the new look come a few more ways to control when and for what you get notified. You now have the ability to block notifications while in meetings and allow specific notifications to come through during scheduled quiet times. We've also made it easier to manage channel notifications from one place.

To access notifications, go to the top of the app and tap your profile picture > Notifications.

Start a meeting instantly

You can now start a meeting instantly from a chat or channel. Look for Meet now at the top right corner of the app. From chat, you'll start a meeting with everyone in the chat. From a channel, you'll start a meeting that any channel member can join.

Swipe left to remove an account

To view the list of accounts added to your mobile app, go to the top of the app and tap your profile picture. From there, swipe left on an account to delete any cached info and remove it from your list of accounts.

Note: This won't close your account, it will only keep it from showing in your mobile app. 

September 2020

Protect sensitive information

You can now hide previews on notifications with the help of the Intune app.

Search the way you talk

Natural language support in search lets you look for messages, files, and more with phrases like "message from Daniela about marketing".

Get help with spelling

Teams now offers spelling suggestions for search terms that might be spelled incorrectly.

Know who called

Now, instead of a phone number, voicemails will show the caller's name with new caller ID.

Share the spotlight

Now, when organizers spotlight a person's video via the desktop app, mobile attendees will now be able to view the video from their devices.

Image of a teams online meeting with a conference room full of people talking to two other meeting participants.  

Always see your call controls

When in a meeting or call you will now always be able to see your call controls (mute, hang up, etc.) on your screen.

August 2020

Cortana voice assistance now available in Teams (US only)

Stay connected even when your hands are full. Tap the mic and use your voice to send messages, make calls, join meetings, share files, and more. Currently, available in the United States and will roll out to other markets in the future.

Learn more at Using Cortana voice assistance in Teams

Cortana mobile queries screen

July 2020 

Agenda view is free

If you're using the free version of Teams, your daily agenda is now at hand. View the day's upcoming events and join, edit, or share them with your contacts. 

More faces in meetings

Get more people's video showing in calls and meeting with the newly increased video view. Get 2x4 videos on iPhone and 3x3 on iPad.

Reduce data use in Teams

Reduce the amount of data used in meetings and calls. Go to Settings > Data and storage > Reduce data usage.  

Pick a number

Choose which number to dial for any org contacts with more than one phone number.

Sign in once and you're good to go

If you're signed in to Teams, you'll be automatically signed in to any bots or tools you've added to Teams that also use your org credentials for log in.

June 2020

Meetings available in free version of Teams

Free meetings are here! Send meeting invites via a share link. People don't need a Teams account to attend. 

Search chats and channels

Get results for both chat messages and channel posts. Tap  Message search icon  and type a search term. Press Enter to get a list of results.

Manage your Safe key

Now, you can choose to have Microsoft manage your Safe key for you. Change this preference in Settings.

Calling shortcut

Long-press the Teams app for a shortcut to make a Teams call.

On-demand translation

Translate messages to your preferred language on the fly. Tap  Translate icon  on a message to translate messages on the fly.

Teams for your work, Teams for your life

Keep in touch with friends and family and try out Teams for your personal life, now in preview.

  • Make your first group with your family

  • Use task lists and shared calendars to keep track of important items and events

  • Let your loved ones know where you are with shared locations

  • Securely store and share sensitive information in Safe

Screenshot of the Safe app in Teams.

Stay connected with your Skype contacts

You're now able to call and message contacts that use Skype from your Teams work account.

More privacy in meetings

People outside your company won't see phone numbers of those dialing into the meeting from a phone.

Raise your hand 

Raise a virtual hand during a meeting to let others know you have something to say.

April 3, 2020

Tags are here!

Create tags and assign people to them so you can @mention a group, role, department, etc. Team owners, try it out for yourselves. Go to a team, tap  More options button  > Manage tags. Once a tag exists, team members can start a group chat with them by going to ChatNew chat  New chat icon in Teams  and type the name of the tag in the To: field. Learn more at Using tags in Teams.

Caption this

Turn on live captions during a meeting or group call to read what everyone is saying. To access while in a meeting, tap  More options button > Turn on live captions.

View content shared in a meeting

Now if you dial into a meeting from your mobile phone, you get to view what content (like PowerPoint) is being shared. Once someone starts presenting you'll get a notification. Tap on the notification and you'll be shown the content.

Opt out of call queues

If you’re a part of a call queue and want to opt out of receiving those calls on your mobile device, we've got you covered. Go to Menu  Mobile OWA More Actions button  > Settings  Settings button  > Calling and at the bottom you can toggle them off.

Note: Some admins disable this option, which is noted on call queues where you can't opt out.

We've also made improvements to notification and meeting reliability.

These are a few of our favorite things

We've been making updates and adding features to the Teams mobile app. Learn how to use them in the below videos, then try them out for yourself.

Present in a Teams meeting from your phone

Tap  More options button > Share > Share PowerPoint or choose from the other media options.

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Reorder apps and personalize your bottom bar

Swipe up from the bottom of the app > Reorder > Drag items into the order you want.

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Set quiet hours to mute notifications

At the top left of the app, tap  More button > Notifications > Quiet hours > Toggle Daily quiet hours on.

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February 6, 2020

Swap views and pin them

Switch between content (like a PowerPoint presentation) and participant videos during a Teams meeting. Or pin a specific person's video so that you can always see them, even if they're not actively talking.

Tap the active speaker tile in the bottom right corner of your screen to minimize the content and bring participant videos in focus. To pin someone's video, tap the three dots on their tile, then select Pin.

Say no to echo

Whenever you join a meeting on your phone while in a room that's joined to the same meeting, Teams will automatically mute your mic and speaker to prevent an echo.

November 20, 2019 

  • Classify and protect your data by assigning sensitivity labels to your teams

  • E911 is available for Calling Plans, Direct Routing, and Security Desks

  • Meeting chats are muted by default until you participate in them

  • Choose what participants can do in a meeting by assigning them roles

October 8, 2019

  • Pin your favorite channels

  • See pinned channels and recent chats in a single list. Enable this under Settings > Messaging.

  • Voicemail support

  • Add tabs in your 1:1 and group chats

September 30, 2019

  • Quote and reply to a specific message in a chat.

  • Switch between multiple Teams accounts.

  • Block unwanted callers.

  • Turn off all incoming call notifications.

  • Education: Support for grading assignments.

July 29, 2019

  • React to messages with emojis to express love, surprise, and more.

  • Improved search experience shows all result types in a single view.

  • View announcement posts in channels.

  • Choose whether or not your private team should be discoverable in search results.

  • Improvements to @mention suggestions.

  • Accessibility: VoiceOver and rotor experience improvements

June 15, 2019

  • Choose an alert sound for your Teams notifications. Just tap  More button  in the top left of the app, >  Settings button  Settings,  then  Activity button  Notifications, and pick your sound.

  • Messaging extensions are now on mobile.

  • Use VoiceOver rotor to access links and mentions in messages.

  • Turn off your speakers completely during a meeting or call.

  • Send a message with an attachment before it's fully uploaded.

May 16, 2019

  • Share your screen during a meeting without navigating to settings (iOS 12 only).

  • Find and add a nearby room when you're in a meeting. Just tap on Add people to team button > Add room, then choose the room you want.

  • Add channel meetings to your calendar.

  • Remove a participant from chat.

April 16, 2019

  • We have a shiny new app icon.

  • You can use Microsoft Whiteboard on your mobile device during Teams meetings.

  • Trending messages will now show up in your activity feed.

  • Praise is a new way to encourage each other at work. Send in a chat or channel to show your appreciation for coworkers. To find Praise, tap on the More options More options button icon below where you type messages.

  • We added support for new languages: Hindi, Filipino, Bangla, and Telugu

March 13, 2019

  • Dark theme is here! It's stylish, easy on the eyes, and it might even improve your device's battery life. Go to general settings to turn it on.  

    Teams iOS Dark Mode

  • Now you can send audio messages in your Teams conversations. Tap and hold the mic button to start recording. You can preview your audio clips before sharing them with others. 

    Teams Audio Message gif

  • Improved support for iPhone XS Max and XR devices.

  • Set your audio, video, or phone preferences before joining a meeting.

  • Now you can access all of your channel tabs on your mobile devices.

  • Add a note when you respond to a meeting invite.

January 15, 2019

  • You now have the ability to start and stop meeting recordings using the mobile app.

  • With call parking, you can put a call on hold and pick it up on another device (requires Phone System license).

  • Make calls on behalf of your boss (requires Phone System license).

  • Use the mobile app to schedule channel meetings.

  • Join a team with a code.

November 20, 2018

  • Search for files across all channels.

  • Join a team via a link.

  • Participate in Yammer discussions during live events.

October 8, 2018

  • Turn off push notifications for specified times.

  • Play meeting recordings in the app.

  • Schedule personal events.

  • See who's speaking in the call roster.

  • View your org chart.

  • Teams is now available in Serbian Latin and Latvian.

September 14, 2018

  • Crop and annotate images before sending.

  • Start a new 1:1 or group call from the Calls tab.

  • Consult with the recipient before transferring a call.

  • Leave or mute a meeting chat using the new meeting details page.

  • Participate in Q&A during live events.

  • Support for rich link previews.

August 13, 2018

  • Browse, search, and join teams.

  • Watch live events broadcast through Microsoft Stream.

  • Collaborate on a whiteboard with meeting attendees.

  • View meeting notes for channel meetings.

July 11, 2018

  • The mobile app now lets you copy a channel's email address to forward emails directly to channels.

  • Attend a live event from your mobile device.

  • Share a PowerPoint file during a call or meeting.

  • Share videos from your device's photo gallery in chat and channel messages.

  • View meeting notes on your mobile device.

  • Call queue and auto attendant support.

  • 1:1 to group call escalation with Teams and PSTN participants (requires Phone System license).

  • Forward incoming calls to your call group.

  • Transfer a call immediately, or consult with the recipient over chat first.

June 19, 2018

  • Share photos while on a call or in a meeting.

  • Share a video while on a call or in a meeting.

  • Share your screen during a call or meeting.

  • Use companion mode to share additional content from your phone in a meeting.

Got feedback? Access the Feedback page by shaking your phone (no, really, shake it). From there, you can report a problem, request a feature, send feedback, and attach screen shots! Or, on the desktop or web app, click Help Help button at the bottom of Teams, then select Share an idea or Report a problem.

March 2021

Join a full meeting

When a meeting reaches max capacity, you can still join as a view-only attendee.

Invite distribution lists and Modern Groups

When scheduling a Teams meeting, type the name of a distribution list or a Modern Group to add all the members to the meeting.

February 2021

Say it with emojis

Live reactions are now available in Teams meetings when you join from your phone or tablet. Learn more about sending animated reactions including Like (thumbs up), Love (heart), Applause, and Laugh in meetings at Express yourself in Teams meetings with live reactions.

You're free to roam

Thanks to picture-in-picture (PiP) it's now possible to move around the Teams app while watching live events from your phone or tablet. 

January 2021

Cyber meetups with friends and family

Teams for your personal life now lets you schedule and join events with individuals or a group. Learn more about meetings in Teams for your personal life.

Forward meetings

If you're not the meeting organizer, you can still forward a meeting invite to someone. Simply open the meeting and tap Details. Under the list of participants, you'll find Forward meeting. Then, type the name or email address of the recipient and tap Done

December 2020

Meeting options are in the details

Now, you can control your Meeting options (who can bypass the lobby, attendee mic control, etc.) from the details tab of a meeting. You'll need to open the meeting, then tap the Details tab. Immediately below the Participants section you'll find Settings icon  Meeting options.

Better search results for meetings

Whether you're in Activity, Chat, Teams, or Calendar, you can search for meetings in the search bar at the top of the app. Search phrases like "next meeting, "strategy meeting", etc. and a list of results will show.

Join breakout rooms from your phone

The meeting organizer will set up the breakout rooms from the Teams desktop app. You may be moved into your assigned breakout room as soon as the organizer opens the room. Otherwise, you'll receive an invitation to join the room. Learn more at Join a breakout room in a Teams meeting.

November 2020

Incoming calls from any Teams account

You can now receive phone calls from any Teams account you're signed into in the mobile app, regardless of which account you're active in. 

October 2020

New status

Set your Teams status to Offline and be invisible while working in Teams. You'll still get your regular notifications, but everyone else will see you as offline. To set your status, tap your profile picture. Your status is directly under your name and will say something like Available, Busy, etc. Tap your status, then choose Offline.

New notification settings

Notification settings got a makeover and with the new look come a few more ways to control when and for what you get notified. You now have the ability to block notifications while in meetings and allow specific notifications to come through during scheduled quiet times. We've also made it easier to manage channel notifications from one place.

To access notifications, go to the top of the app and tap your profile picture > Notifications.

Start a meeting instantly

You can now start a meeting instantly from a chat or channel. Look for Meet now at the top right corner of the app. From chat, you'll start a meeting with everyone in the chat. From a channel, you'll start a meeting that any channel member can join.

September 2020

Protect sensitive information

You can now hide previews on notifications with the help of the Intune app.

Search the way you talk

Natural language support in search lets you look for messages, files, and more with phrases like "message from Daniela about marketing".

Spelling suggestions in search

Teams now offers spelling suggestions for search terms that might be spelled incorrectly.

Know who called

Now, instead of a phone number, voicemails will show the caller's name with new caller ID.

Get the Picture in Picture extension

Use the PiP extension to have video in Teams meetings and calls.

All together now

View up to 49 meeting participants with Together mode and Large gallery mode.

Share the spotlight

Now, when organizers spotlight a person's video via the desktop app, mobile attendees will now be able to view the video from their devices.

Image of a teams online meeting with a conference room full of people talking to two other meeting participants.  

August 2020

Cortana voice assistance now available in Teams (US only)

Stay connected even when your hands are full. Tap the mic and use your voice to send messages, make calls, join meetings, share files, and more. Currently, available in the United States and will roll out to other markets in the future.

Learn more at Using Cortana voice assistance in Teams

July 2020 

Agenda view is free

If you're using the free version of Teams, your daily agenda is now at hand. View the day's upcoming events and join, edit, or share them with your contacts. 

More faces in meetings

Get more people's video showing in calls and meeting with the newly increased video view. Get 2x4 videos on iPhone and 3x3 on iPad.

Reduce data use in Teams

Reduce the amount of data used in meetings and calls. Go to Settings > Data and storage > Reduce data usage.  

Pick a number

Choose which number to dial for any org contacts with more than one phone number.

Sign in once and you're good to go

If you're signed in to Teams, you'll be automatically signed in to any bots or tools you've added to Teams that also use your org credentials for log in.

Call your phone contacts

Use Teams to call people in your Android contacts app. Go to Calls and tap the phonebook at the top of the app to access your device contacts.

June 30, 2020

Meetings available in free version of Teams

Free meetings are here! Send meeting invites via a share link. People don't need a Teams account to attend. 

Search chats and channels

Get results for both chat messages and channel posts. Tap  Message search icon  and type a search term. Press Enter to get a list of results.

June 26, 2020

Teams for your work, Teams for your life

Keep in touch with friends and family and try out Teams for your personal life, now in preview.

  • Make your first group with your family

  • Use task lists and shared calendars to keep track of important items and events

  • Let your loved ones know where you are with shared locations

  • Securely store and share sensitive information in Safe

Stay connected with your Skype contacts

You're now able to call and message contacts that use Skype from your Teams work account.

More privacy in meetings

People outside your company won't see phone numbers of those dialing into the meeting from a phone.

Raise your hand 

Raise a virtual hand during a meeting to let others know you have something to say.

Walkie Talkie for work (preview)

Push-to-talk communication with Walkie Talkie.

April 3, 2020

Tags are here!

Create tags and assign people to them so you can @mention a group, role, department, etc. Team owners, try it out for yourselves. Go to a team, tap  More options button  > Manage tags. Once a tag exists, team members can start a group chat with them by going to ChatNew chat  New chat icon in Teams  and type the name of the tag in the To: field. Learn more at Using tags in Teams.

Opt out of call queues

If you’re a part of a call queue and want to opt out of receiving those calls on your mobile device, we've got you covered. Go to Menu  Mobile OWA More Actions button  > Settings  Settings button  > Calling and at the bottom you can toggle them off.

Note: Some admins disable this option, which is noted on call queues where you can't opt out.

We've also made improvements to notification and meeting reliability. 

February 6, 2020

Swap views and pin them

Switch between content (like a PowerPoint presentation) and participant videos during a Teams meeting. Or pin a specific person's video so that you can always see them, even if they're not actively talking.

Tap the active speaker tile in the bottom right corner of your screen to minimize the content and bring participant videos in focus. To pin someone's video, tap the three dots on their tile, then select Pin.

Say no to echo

Whenever you join a meeting on your phone while in a room that's joined to the same meeting, Teams will automatically mute your mic and speaker to prevent an echo.

November 20, 2019

  • Classify and help protect your data by assigning sensitivity labels to your teams

  • Meeting chats are muted by default until you participate in them

  • Choose what participants can do in a meeting by assigning them roles

October 8, 2019

  • Quote and reply to a specific message in a chat

  • Forward messages to chats or channels

  • Switch between multiple Teams accounts

  • Block unwanted callers

  • Turn off all incoming call notifications

  • Education: Support for grading assignments

July 29, 2019

  • React to messages with emojis to express love, surprise, and more.

  • Improved search experience shows all result types in a single view.

  • View announcement posts in channels.

  • Choose whether or not your private team should be discoverable in search results.

  • Improvements to @mention suggestions.

June 15, 2019

  • Messaging extensions are now on mobile.

  • Send a message with an attachment before it's fully uploaded.

May 16, 2019

  • Find and add a nearby room when you're in a meeting. Just tap on Add people to team button > Add room, then choose the room you want.

  • Add channel meetings to your calendar.

  • Remove a participant from chat.

April 16, 2019

  • We have a shiny new app icon.

  • You can use Microsoft Whiteboard on your mobile device during Teams meetings.

  • Trending messages will now show up in your activity feed.

  • Praise is a new way to encourage each other at work. Send in a chat or channel to show your appreciation for coworkers. To find Praise, tap on the More options More options button icon below where you type messages.

  • We added support for new languages: Hindi, Filipino, Bangla, and Telugu

March 13, 2019

  • Dark theme is here! It's stylish, easy on the eyes, and it might even improve your device's battery life. Go to general settings to turn it on.

    Teams Android Teams Dark Mode

  • Now you can send audio messages in your Teams conversations. Tap and hold the mic button to start recording. You can preview your audio clips before sharing them with others.

    Teams Audio Message gif

  • Improved PDF viewing experience.

  • Improved file upload experience.

  • Now you can access all of your channel tabs on your mobile devices.

  • Set your audio, video, or phone preferences before joining a meeting.

  • Add a note when you respond to a meeting invite.

January 15, 2019

  • Share a channel message by copying and sending a link.

  • You now have the ability to start and stop meeting recordings using the mobile app.

  • With call parking, you can put a call on hold and pick it up on another device (requires Phone System license).

  • Make calls on behalf of your boss (requires Phone System license).

  • Schedule channel meetings with the mobile app.

  • Join a team with a code.

November 20, 2018

  • Search for files across all channels.

  • Join a team via a link.

  • Crop and annotate images before sending.

October 8, 2018

  • Turn off push notifications for specified times.

  • Participate in Yammer discussions during live events.

  • Play meeting recordings in the app.

  • Schedule personal events.

  • See who's speaking in the call roster.

  • View your org chart.

  • Teams is now available in Serbian Latin and Latvian.

September 14, 2018

  • Preview more file types.

  • Start a new 1:1 or group call from the Calls tab.

  • Consult with the recipient before transferring a call.

  • Leave or mute a meeting chat using the new meeting details page.

  • Participate in Q&A during live events.

August 13, 2018

  • Browse, search, and join teams.

  • Watch live events broadcast through Microsoft Stream.

  • Collaborate on a whiteboard with meeting attendees.

  • View meeting notes for channel meetings.

July 11, 2018

  • You're now able to create meetings on the mobile app.

  • Attend a live event from your mobile device.

  • Share a PowerPoint file during a call or meeting.

  • Share videos from your device's photo gallery in chat and channel messages.

  • View meeting notes on your mobile device.

  • Call queue and auto attendant support.

  • 1:1 to group call escalation with Teams and PSTN participants (requires Phone System license).

  • Forward incoming calls to your call group.

  • Transfer a call immediately, or consult with the recipient over chat first.

June 19, 2018

  • Share a video while on a call or in a meeting.

  • Use companion mode to share additional content from your phone in a meeting.

Got feedback? Access the Feedback page by shaking your phone (no, really, shake it). From there, you can report a problem, request a feature, send feedback, and attach screen shots. Or, on the desktop or web app, click Help Help button at the bottom of Teams, then select Share an idea or Report a problem.

If you're an IT admin or simply looking for feature updates on Teams desk phones, Teams Rooms for Android, or Teams displays, you'll find all release notes at What's new in Microsoft Teams devices.

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