What's new in Microsoft Teams

What's new in Microsoft Teams

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.

May 27, 2020

10,000 teammates, all together

Team sizes have increased to ten thousand, making it a little easier for larger organizations to let everyone join the conversation.

Meeting options button in Teams

Once you send your online meeting invite, open your meeting options via the new button in Teams. Once you've sent your meeting invite, open the event and select Meeting options (at the top of the event). This will open a tab in your web browser where you can tweak your meeting settings, like lobby bypass and who can present.

Highlight of Meeting options button inside the Teams meeting scheduler.

Book appointments and online visits with Bookings

The Bookings app in Teams offers a simple way to schedule virtual appointments, like healthcare visits, financial consultations, and educator office hours.

Schedulers can manage multiple department and staff calendars, as well as communications with internal and external attendees, from a single experience. The virtual appointments themselves are held via Microsoft Teams Meetings.

Pop out a chat for multitasking

Double-click a chat in your chat list, or select Pop out chat icon in Teams  to open a chat in a secondary window. Now, you're free to move about Teams while working in multiple chat conversations.

Pop out chat button screenshot  

May 15, 2020

Raise your hand in a meeting

Have a question or comment but don't want to interrupt the person speaking? Let people know you have something to say with the new raise hand feature in Teams. While in a meeting, select the Raise your hand  in your control bar. This will place a gold hand icon on your video feed to let the rest of the attendees know that you'd like to speak.

Button to raise your hand

Roll call!

Meeting organizers can now take attendance during a meeting. To get your attendance report, select Show participants  Show participants icon  > Download attendee list. The report will download a CSV file that can be opened in Excel. The file will contain the name, join time, and leave time of meeting attendees.

May 13, 2020

Meetings are going 3x3 on desktop

Over the next several days, Teams will complete its enabling of up to nine video streams at a time in meetings joined via the desktop app. This will gradually roll out to everyone, so keep an eye out for the 3x3 video grid in your upcoming Teams meetings.

Screenshot of Teams meeting with nine video streams showing at once.

May 1, 2020

Channel analytics have arrived

Channel metrics are now included in team analytics. Along with this addition comes new metrics like a running tally of posts and replies for each team and channel. We've also increased the time period for data to 90 days.

From your teams list, go to the team and select More options More options icon  > Manage teamAnalytics.

Add system audio to live events 

Just like in a regular Teams meetings, you can now include your system audio when presenting in a live event. Currently, this feature is only available for presenters and producers joining from the Teams desktop app for Windows. Read more about how this works in Share system audio in a Teams meeting or live event

April 20, 2020

Let attendees who dial in bypass the meeting lobby

Allow callers to instantly join your next Teams meeting without having to wait in the lobby. That way you won't have to stop in the middle of a meeting to let attendees in.

To access this setting, select Meeting options and switch the toggle to Yes for Always let callers bypass the lobby?

April 17, 2020

Announce when callers join a meeting

Meeting organizers now have the option to announce when callers join or leave a Teams meeting, so you always know who is in your online meeting.

To access, select Meeting options and switch the toggle on for Announce when callers join or leave.

April 10, 2020

End the meeting for everyone

Meeting organizers, you now have the option to end your meetings for all participants. If you're a teacher, for example, this is a great way to make sure your students don't hang around in your virtual classroom after you've left. 

To end an in-progress meeting, go to your meeting controls and select More options  More options icon   > End meeting.  You'll be asked to confirm. When you do, the meeting will end for everyone right away.

Screenshot of the Teams end meeting button  

March 20, 2020

Improvements to the Teams calendar

Right-click an item in your calendar to pull up RSVP options, start a chat with meeting participants, or quickly join a meeting when it starts.

We've also made improvements to the event scheduling form. Read up on how to schedule events at Schedule a meeting in Teams.

Work offline in the Windows desktop app

Read and create message, even when internet is slow or goes out completely. Pinned chats and channels, along with previously viewed channels will also be available while offline.

March 6, 2020

Tag, you're it!

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, select More options  More options button > Manage tags. Learn more at Using tags in Teams.

February 28, 2020

Have no fear, editing is here!

Have you ever posted an announcement to multiple channels, only to realize you'd forgotten a channel? Or found a typo in your company-wide announcement? You're in luck, because now you can edit your cross-posts. Just like you'd edit a single channel post, go to More options  More options button > Edit to change the content of your post and add or remove channels. 

February 21, 2020

Pin your favorite apps

Organize your apps on the left side of Teams to fit the way you work. Select the three dots on the left side of Teams, right click any app icon, and select Pin to add it for easy access.

Left side of Microsoft Teams with a highlight around the More added apps icon and a menu option to pin an app.

January 28, 2020

Here's your receipt

Introducing: Read receipts! Now, when you send a message to someone you'll get a Seen Read receipt icon in Teams  confirmation to the right of the message. By default, read receipts will turn on for everyone and will show in group chats with up to 20 members.

Your admin decides whether you have this feature and the ability to turn it off. Learn more about how the feature works, where the setting control is, and more at Use read receipts for messages in Teams.

January 17, 2020

Windows Server gets the desktop app

Teams desktop app is now supported and available for machines operating Windows Server (versions 2012 R2 and later). Admins, learn how to get Teams desktop app on your employee devices.

January 10, 2020

Say hello to display names

Now, everyone gets a display name in Teams. Even people you chat with outside your organization. So, you'll no longer have to remember that long email address when looking for an old conversation, simply search for the person by name.

December 13, 2019

Welcome to the family, Linux 

We're excited to announce that Teams is now on the Linux platform! Check out the support page to learn more and to get set up.

Different organizations? No problem

Chatting and video-sharing just got better when communicating with people outside your org. Say hello to the following improvements:

  • Screen share, along with giving and taking control of the screen.

  • Hyperlinks

  • @mentions to get someone's attention

  • Priority delivery of your messages (standard, important, or urgent)

  • Text formatting

  • And all the fun stuff (did someone say GIFs?)

Chat history increased

Now, when you go on vacation, leave of absence, or simply need to send a message to that group discussion from last month, you'll find your chats right where you left them. Currently, chat history will remain in your chat list for up to six months.

Office files get a refresh in Teams

Your Office files now open directly in Teams, ready for you to make edits. And to provide you more real estate to work in, we've moved the file name up into the Teams header to give you more space to view your documents.

We've updated the ribbon with a Conversation button so you can bounce between chat and your file without losing your place. And our code wizards are working their magic to continually improve load times for opening documents in Teams.

More room to work with

You might've noticed some visual changes to your Teams. We've reduced the size of the Teams header to increase your work space. Some changes to note: your tabs have now sidled up to sit next to the names of your chats and channels.

Along with the move, we've updated the name of the conversations tab. In Chat, your messages are now in the Chat tab and in channels you'll find your posts and replies in the Post tab.

December 9, 2019

Mute meeting chats

By default meeting chats will be muted until you either send a message in the chat, or join the online meeting. So you can reduce notifications, but still keep track of the conversation. To change these defaults, go to your profile picture at the top right of the app, select SettingsNotifications. From there, scroll to the meetings section and open the menu next to Meeting chat notifications and choose the setting you prefer.

Presenter or attendee? You decide

Introducing meeting roles. Organizers, you can now choose what roles your invitees have during your meetings. Follow the directions at Assign roles in a Teams meeting and view what each role can do during the meeting.

November 15, 2019

Pin a channel to the top

Pin channels that are important to you or that you want to access quickly. Pinning a channel moves it to the top of your channel list. You can also reorder your pinned channels to prioritize them. This only changes your view and won't change views for the rest of your team.

Try it out for yourself: go to the channel of your choice, select More options  More options button > Pin. Or right click the channel name and select Pin.

Pin video streams during a meeting

To focus on a particular video, right click and select Pin. The video will be pinned to your view regardless of who's talking. And if you navigate away from the meeting, it will be the same view when you return. Pin as many videos as will fit on your screen. If you change your mind, right click again and hit Unpin.

Microsoft Whiteboard joins Teams

Whether your attendees are online or in the room, everyone can view and write on the whiteboard by using Microsoft Whiteboard during a Teams meeting. Read up on how to use Whiteboard in your next meeting.

November 8, 2019

Channel choices: Standard or private!

Got a topic that needs to be discussed by a specific group of people in an existing team—and shouldn't be viewed by others? Use a private channel to keep the conversation restricted. Learn more about private channels.     

Chrome video calling is here

Do you use Teams on the web from a Chrome browser? Then you're in luck! Because now you can make and receive video calls from your teammates. Select the camera icon at the top right corner of an individual or group chat, and show your smiling face to the people on the other end of the call.

Image of the video, calling, and screen share buttons in a chat.

October 25, 2019

One message, many channels

Have something you want to share in multiple channels? Now you can! To try it out, go to a channel, select Format Format button in Teams under the box where you type your message. At the top of the box that opens, choose a message type: New conversation or Announcement. Then, select Post in multiple channels. From there, add all the channels you want to post in, type your message, and send away.

An image showing how to post a channel message in multiple channels.  

October 4, 2019

Get notified when you miss a meeting call

Now, if someone tries to add you during a meeting and you miss it, you'll get a notification in your activity feed. You'll be told who tried to add you, and if the meeting is still happening, you can jump in, right from the activity feed.

  Image of Teams notification for missed join-meeting request

Receive Teams calls on multiple devices

You can now set a device as a secondary ringer, so it'll ring when you get an incoming call. And you can answer incoming calls on any device connected to your Teams account—not just the ones that ring.

To add a secondary ringer device, go to your profile picture > Settings > Devices > Secondary ringer and select from the devices listed in the drop-down menu.

Join a meeting in Internet Explorer, Safari, and Firefox 

With new meeting join capabilities, those using Internet Explorer 11, Safari, and Firefox browsers can jump right into a Teams Meeting and participate in it.  Meeting audio is provided by Audio Conferencing, so meeting organizers will need the respective license. More details for admins

September 20, 2019

Meet now. No invite required

For when you need to start an online meeting right now. Skip scheduling the invite and go straight to into a meeting. All you need to do is go to Calendar on the left side of Teams, then select Meet now in the top right corner and add the people to the meeting.

  Image of Meet now button in the Teams calendar

Chrome now has calling!

If you're using Teams on the web, you can now add Google Chrome to your list of browsers that now support making calls from your web browser. If you're on Chrome, try it out today. Go to Calls on the left side of Teams, or type /call in the command bar at the very top of Teams.

Turn down the noise in channels

Now, just like in chat, you can mute a conversation in a channel. Alternatively, when you want to follow a conversation in a channel you've hidden from your list, all you need to do is turn on notifications. You'll get notified of any activity on that specific conversation, but not the entire channel activity.

To access the notification settings for a conversation, go to the original post and select More options  More options button  > Turn off notifications/Turn on notifications.

Image of Turn off notification setting in the more options menu in a channel.  

September 13, 2019

Filter all the things!

Filter more than your activity with the new filters added in Chat and Teams. In chat, type a person's name to filter for every group, meeting, or one-on-one chat you have with them. Then, select More options More options button  to add more filters—like unread messages. Or type a keyword to filter by group chats that have names. Similarly, filter your teams list by typing a keyword to find a specific team or channel by name.

If you're a seasoned user of the filters in your activity feed and looking for your list of message types, go to Activity, select  Filter button in TeamsMore options More options button . Or type a keyword to find a specific message.

Image of filter button in Teams chat.

Import a schedule into the Shifts app

The Shifts app now allows you to import an existing schedule from Excel. Put your schedule into an Excel spreadsheet following the sample file instructions, then follow the directions at Import a schedule into Shifts, to start managing all your shifts from Teams. 

August 30, 2019

Focus time, sans the interruptions

Teams and MyAnalytics pair up to help you find time to focus on your work. Now, when you book focus time in Outlook using the MyAnalytics add-in, Teams will automatically set your presence to Do Not Disturb. We'll hold your notifications while you work, then send them to you once your focus time ends. 

Channel moderators—now in Teams

Assign individuals in your team to be moderators for specific channels. Whether it's keeping the discussion on the topic at hand, or helping answer questions during live events, put your moderators to use. Read up on what all a moderator can do for you.

August 26, 2019

Meetings are now in Calendar

More than an agenda view, you now get a weekly view of your schedule with the new calendar. Go to the left side of Teams and select Calendar to check it out for yourself.

Miss the agenda view? Select the menu in the top right corner of your calendar and choose Day to focus on one day at a time. 

Image of calendar view menu highlighting the day view.

August, 16, 2019

Houston, we have sound!

You asked and we listened. Now, you can share your audio during a Teams meeting, so all participants, near and far, can hear whatever media you're presenting. So go ahead, add that video to your PowerPoint presentation. Your audience awaits! Learn how to add system audio to your meetings. 

August 9, 2019

Ring, ring! Dial any number from anywhere in Teams

At the top of the Teams app, type /call in the command box and press Enter, then type the number you wish to call. Press Enter again, and Teams will start ringing the number. 

Channel notifications replace Follow on desktop

Teams is giving you even more control of what notifications you get from channels. To change the notification settings, go to the channel and select More options More options button > Channel notifications. Learn how to adjust your settings.

Navigation made easier in the new Teams for EDU grid view 

You may notice Teams looks a little different this Back to School. We've simplified the way you view your class, staff, PLC, and other teams. Select a tile to open a team and focus on that team's channels while you're there. Don't worry—all your files and conversations are exactly where you left them. Learn more about the changes and how to switch back to the old view.

More Teams Back to School updates.

Track your upcoming work with ease in Teams for EDU Assignments

We've released a bunch of updates to the way you track, assign, and grade work in Teams. At a glance see how much you have left to review. Select an assignment and start grading with just one click. Preview your assignments from a student's perspective. And more!

Read our recent blog announcement to get the lowdown on all the improvements coming your way.

July 25, 2019

Set the priority of your message

Need to get someone's attention? Mark your message as Important. This will place a red exclamation point in the message and in the activity feed.

Is it really important? Set it as Urgent. This will alert the recipient every two minutes for twenty minutes, or until they read the message, whichever comes first. To change the priority, select ! under your compose box.

  Message priority menu. How to change a message to Important or Urgent from the compose box.

All your meeting controls in one place

Everything you need in a meeting now resides in the control bar. You'll find your meeting chat and participants have moved here. And full screen, notes, settings, and meeting details are now in More options  More options button . Check out the image below to find your way around the new control bar. 

  Image shows the More options menu of the Teams meeting control bar.

July 3, 2019

Share instantly with Teams on Chrome

If you're joining Teams meetings online using Chrome, you can now instantly share your screen without any plug-ins or extensions—no matter what operating system you use. Try it out in your next meeting. Enjoy!

Testing, testing 1, 2, 3

Test your video and audio settings and make sure you're coming in crystal clear. To make a test call in Teams, type /testcall in the command box at the very top of the app and press Enter, or go to your profile pic > Settings > Devices > Make a test call. Listen to the instructions and wait for the beep, then talk to your heart's content. Once you're done you can listen to your message and make any adjustments necessary. Test calling is currently only available in English. Other languages coming soon!

Send an invite link to join Teams free

Create an invite link to invite people to join your org on Teams free via the app of your choice. When they click on the link they'll be sent to a webpage to request to join your org—so you know exactly who's using the link to join. The team owner can deactivate the link or create a new one at any time. To invite someone select Invite people at the bottom of your teams list or chat list, then choose Copy link.

June 21, 2019

You liked it, now you can love it
Introducing reactions in Teams. Say it with a ♥️, 😆, and more. To get to the full menu of reactions, hover over a message and select the one you want. Give it a go, and say it with an emoji!

A cursor hovers over a message in Teams to show the emoji reactions menu.  

June 14, 2019

Zoom into the action

Need a closer look during a meeting? Now you can zoom into presentations and video during meetings to get a better look. To try it out in your next meeting, press Ctrl+ to zoom in and Ctrl- to zoom out. Or hold Ctrl and scroll with your mouse.

Group chat—now with 100 people!

Group chat size has increased from 50 members to 100. Group video, screen sharing, and calls are still limited to groups of 20 or fewer. The chat history and privacy are still all there. So go ahead, start planning that surprise office party with the new, bigger group chat. 

New ways to invite people to Teams free

Now you can invite people to join your Teams free org directly from your Microsoft account. When you invite your Microsoft contacts, Teams will send them an invitation email. Select Chat Open chat button or Teams Teams button on the left side of the app, then select Invite people at the bottom of the app to start inviting.

June 11, 2019

Announcing... Announcements!

Got something exciting to share with your team? Try creating an announcement in a channel. With options for a colorful headline, background image, and more, your message will stand out. Learn how

An announcement-style message in a channel

June 10, 2019

Schedule a Teams meeting from any device

Thanks to the new Outlook add-in you can book a Teams meeting from any Mac, PC, Android, or iOS device. Check out how to set up the Outlook add-in on your device on our admin help page.
 
Teams goes Chrome

Now you can get meeting video on the Teams web app in Chrome! That means you can join a Teams meeting and get all the good voice and video experience, even when you're not in the desktop app.
 
Choose how callers join a meeting

Now when you schedule a Teams meeting you get to decide whether people calling in have to wait in the meeting lobby or get to directly join the meeting. Access the meetings options at the bottom of your Teams meeting invite.

May 17, 2019

Windows 10 in S-Mode gets the Teams app 

The Teams desktop app is now available to people using Windows 10 in S-Mode. Download the app directly from the Teams website or search "Microsoft Teams download" in your web browser. 

Remove people from group chat

Now you can add and remove people from a chat to manage who's in the conversation. To remove someone, go to the participants list at the top of the chat and select the X by the person's name you want to remove.

April 12, 2019 

Show and hide teams to stay organized 

What used to be Favorite and Remove from favorites is now Show and Hide. Choose which teams and channels you want to show in your teams list and hide the rest. You'll still get notified when @mentioned, they just won't clutter your teams list.

To try it out, go to a team or channel name in your teams list and select More options  More options button > Hide. Want to get a team back in your list? Scroll to the bottom and open the Hidden teams list. 

OneDrive in Teams got a makeover 

Now you can automatically sync to OneDrive and view who you've shared your files with in Teams. We've also added sorting and filtering to help you find that file you're looking for.

To find all your files, go to Files on the left side of Teams, then select OneDrive, select a column header and select Filter to narrow down to a specific file type, modified date, and more.

 April 5, 2019

Request to add others to private teams

Now you can request on behalf of someone else to join a private team. Right-click on a team name, and select Add member. Search for people by name or email. Team owners will get a notification that they have a new request, and people you've added will get a notification once they've been added to the team. 

Big, bigger, biggest 

Org-wide teams have increased their size limit to 5000 members. Admins, feel free to add away! Create that big team you've always wanted. Learn more on our admin help page.  

March 29, 2019

It's a small world after all 

Whether in the room or across an ocean, Teams and the Microsoft Surface Hub work together to improve meetings for local and remote attendees. Jot down notes simultaneously with Microsoft Whiteboard integration and turn on auto camera settings to have your Surface Hub automatically switch camera views so you can focus on who's talking. Read up on all the new improvements and features available for your Teams meetings on our blog.

Who's awesome? You're awesome

Introducing Praise, the new way to encourage each other at work. Send in a 1:1 chat, or post it to a channel to show your appreciation to the entire team. Select More options button below the compose box, then select Praise at the top. Choose what kind of badge you wish to send and personalize your acknowledgment with a message. When you send it, we'll @mention them in the message to make sure they don't miss it.

March 15, 2019

Create the dream team 

Team creators rejoice! We've revamped the team setup to simplify the decisions you have to make when creating a team. Start from scratch, create an org-wide team, use an existing Microsoft 365 group, or use another team as a template. Try it out yourself. Select Teams > Join or create a team > Create team.

Now presenting…

Teams live events let you produce events that stream to an online audience. Whether holding a town hall with a local and remote audience or teaching a webinar, we've got you covered. Choose from a light-weight experience provided in Teams, or go for a full production by using an external encoder via Microsoft Stream. Learn more about live events.

February 22, 2019

Send audio messages in Teams 

From mobile, open a conversation, tap and hold the mic in the bottom right corner of your screen and start recording. Record up to 15 minutes, then tap Send to deliver your audio message. 

Shifting gears

Teams is bringing support to the world of shift workers with the new Shifts app. Managers can streamline scheduling, employees can keep track of their shifts, update their availability, request time off, swap or offer their shift, and check off their assigned tasks during their shift. Admins, check out how to turn on the Shifts app for your org.

Share your screen, add your voice

Now while sharing your screen in a group or 1:1 chat you're able to add audio at any time. In the top right of your chat select Share screen button , and once the others in your chat accept the screen share, select Let's talk to start talking.

January 25, 2019

Sign me up, Scotty!

People looking to try out Teams for free can now do so directly in the desktop app. Select Learn more on the login window and you'll be taken to the Teams website, where you can start a free account or compare prices for a full license.

Already using Teams? Your experience is better, too. Now when you're signed into Microsoft Microsoft 365, you'll be automatically logged into Teams when you open the app.

December 17, 2018

Group chat—now with 50 people!

Group chat size has increased from 20 members to 50. Group video, screen sharing, and calls are still limited to groups of 20 or fewer. The chat history and privacy are still all there. So go ahead, start planning that surprise office party with the new, bigger group chat.

December 14, 2018

Can the spam

We've got your back with the new blocked calls feature, currently available to Enterprise Voice customers. To try it out, hop on over to your call history, right click an external phone number, and select Block. To manage the list of blocked numbers—including un-blocking someone—select your profile picture > Settings > Blocked calls.

November 30, 2018

Hello, is it me you're looking for?

Now when someone from your personal contact list calls you in Teams, Caller ID displays their name along with their phone number. This goes for call history and voicemail, too. To use this feature you'll need to save people to your contacts list in Teams: Calls > Contacts > Add a contact.

November 13, 2018

Apps on apps on apps

Why let channels have all the fun? Now your private group chats can add dozens of apps as tabs to make working together even more seamless. Manage project deadlines with Trello, readily access notes with OneNote, track business analytics with PowerBI, and so much more. Check out all the apps available by selecting the + at the top of any group chat.

November 5, 2018

One team for your organization

Are you a small to medium-sized business? Then you're in luck! Now organizations with fewer than 2,500 licenses can create org-wide teams. Get your people on the same page and working together in one big happy team. For best practices and to learn the nuts and bolts of this feature, check out the admin's how to on org-wide teams.

September 28, 2018

Blurred background, focused meeting

Eliminate potential distractions from your video calls and keep the focus on you with background blur. Once you’re in a meeting, select More options More options button > Blur my background. You’ll appear nice and clear while everything behind you is subtly concealed. It's currently available in the desktop app for most newer PC's. To find out if it’s available on your device, select More options More options button in a meeting. If Blur my background appears in the menu, then you're in business. Stay tuned for more device availability.

Note: Background blurring might not prevent sensitive information from being visible to other meeting participants.

September 21, 2018

Zoom on in

Access your zoom controls from your Teams settings. Zoom in, zoom out, and view your zoom percentage by selecting your profile picture.

Making chat more accessible

Microsoft Teams is excited to announce that the Immersive Reader has made its way to chats and channels. Use page themes and personalized text size, style, and letter spacing for increased visibility, minimize visual distractions with Line Focus, or follow along with the personalized text reader. To launch the Immersive Reader from any conversation or chat, select More options More options button > Immersive Reader.

August 31, 2018

New! Teams is in Arabic and Hebrew

We've added support for these two languages, including a new interface layout that reads right-to-left. To change your language preferences click your profile picture > Settings > Language. Check it out!

Click the URL, join a team

Requesting to join a team is just a click away with a shareable team URL. For private teams, you'll gain access once a team owner approves your request. For public teams, you'll have instant access.

Team owners—get more visibility on your team by sharing its unique URL. If your team's private, remember to check the Pending requests tab in the team management page to track any new requests.

August 21, 2018

Adobe XD and Teams

Designers, take heart! You'll now be able to share nicely formatted links to Adobe XD prototypes and design specs in Teams. Better than email, because you'll see a summary and thumbnail preview along with the link. You'll get notifications when reviewers make comments, and faster, integrated access to Creative Cloud files right in your Teams workspace. Read the blog post for more details.

Get ready for back to school!

Rubric grading, a better mobile assignments experience, easy re-use of assignments, and more. Read about the updates for Microsoft Teams for Education in 10 new features for going Back to School with Microsoft Teams.

Legion of zoom

Zoom in and out of Teams the same way you do in your web browser. On Windows, use Ctrl+= to zoom in, Ctrl+- to zoom out. Get the full list of shortcuts and mouse zoom techniques here.

Shhhh... Windows 10 Quiet hours support is here

If you've got Quiet hours set up in Windows 10 (RS3 and earlier only), Teams will recognize those settings first, then your individual Teams notification settings. Handy for those times when you just don't want notifications from anywhere. :-)

July 31, 2018

Features

Take private notes and get the whole picture with the new Wiki app

Now you can access your own private wiki and channel wiki pages in one place—the new Wiki app! Find it by selecting More apps More options button on the left side of Teams, then Wiki. In the app, keep your own private notes on the Personal tab, see all the wiki pages you're a part of on the All tab, or get back to ones you've used recently on the Recent tab.

Add info to your wiki from anywhere in Teams

A whiz-bang way to get a note into your personal wiki. In the command box at the top of Teams, type /wiki, then press Enter and type your note. Press Enter again when you're finished and the note will go right to the Personal tab in the Wiki app.

July 17, 2018

Features

The more, the merrier in meetings

You can now have up to 250 participants in meetings! All the video, audio, and screen sharing you're used to in smaller meetings works for these larger meetings, too. Just right for that quarterly all-hands get-together.

PowerPoint in meetings just got better

Sharing a presentation gets some special treatment with these improvements. When you share just a PowerPoint file, it uses less bandwidth than a video stream—so if you've got bandwidth constraints, this is a great option. Participants can navigate through the slides privately, reading ahead or looking back to catch something they missed. Read more here.

Bring your Skype for Business contacts to Teams

When your organization moves from Skype for Business to Teams, your contacts will make the move with you. To see them, once you're in Teams, click Chat on the left, then Contacts at the top.

Translate chat messages

The world is our workplace here at Teams, so we're loving this feature. At the top of a message, select More options More options button > Translate to get an instant translation of the message into the language you've set for Teams! Très cool.

(If you don't see this option, talk to your admin. They may need to turn it on.)

Send code snippets in a message

You're now able to create and share a snippet of code right in a chat or channel message. Get syntax highlighting, auto-indentation, and text wrapping control, all in the programming language of your choice! To try it, look under the compose box, then select Format Expand button > Code snippet </>.

July 12, 2018

Features

Teams free is here!

Starting today, Teams free is available worldwide in 40 languages. Whether you’re a freelancer, a small business owner, or part of a team inside a large organization, you can start using Teams today. Read more at the blog post and for step-by-step guidance, check out Welcome to Teams free. See you in Teams free!

July 11, 2018

Features

Join a team with a code

Send people a code to join your team—you won't have to approve every request! (For team owners only.) Next to a team name, click More options More options button > Manage team. Select the Settings tab > Team code > Generate. Tell people to click Join or create a team at the bottom of their teams list, then plug the code into the Join a team with a code box at the top. This works with public and private teams.

Get important notifications while in Do not Disturb mode

Even when you need to set your status to Do not disturb, there are still some calls and 1:1 chats you don't want to miss. You can now give priority access to certain people or numbers, from bosses to besties. This means you'll get notifications about calls and 1:1 chats from these people while you're set to Do not disturb. To set it up, click your profile pic > Settings > Privacy and follow the prompts.

Easier updates for Macs

Once you move to this new type of installation for Teams on your Mac, you won't have to enter your admin credentials every time you get the latest and greatest updates for Teams. (The new installation uses a PKG file, and it replaces the earlier DMG installation format.) Also, admins can move to PKG for improved handling of Teams on Mac in managed deployments. Find instructions for using the PKG installation here.

June 26, 2018

Features

Archive your team for posterity

Need to put a team into storage? If you've got a team that's inactive, but you want to keep it around for reference or to reactivate in the future, try the new archive and restore feature. The conversations and files in a team become read-only once you archive it. You’ll still be able to search through it for stuff you need—you can even keep it as a favorite. Only team owners can archive and restore teams.

Learn how at Archive or restore a team.

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

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.

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.

June 27, 2020

Teams app version: 1449/1.0.94.2020051601

  • Contacts and contact groups management in People

  • Live captions for meetings

  • Raise virtual hand in meetings

  • Transfer directly to speed dial

  • Connect to computer for simultaneous lock/unlock

  • Auto dismiss for call ended and rate my call screens

  • Network banner at top of screen to show network loss

  • Bug fixes to the Teams application and the Device management admin agent application

April 23, 2020

Teams app version: 1449/1.0.94.2020031901

  • Favorites (speed dial) added to Calls

  • New settings support on Teams phones for:

    • Custom ringtone

    • Manage Delegates

    • Auto-dial for extension dialing

  • Device management updates to support device categorization in Teams Admin Center

  • Bug fixes to the Teams application and the Company Portal application

February 18, 2020

Teams app version: 1449/1.0.94.2020020601

  • Support for dynamic emergency calling on phone lock screen

  • Hot desk feature bug fixes to address network outage scenarios

  • Sign in improvements

  • Device management bug fixes to address firmware version reporting

  • Bug fixes to the Teams application

Got feedback? Report an issue from Help & Feedback section. Or, on the desktop or web app, clickHelp Help button at the bottom of Teams, then select Share an idea or Report a problem.

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