What’s New in Microsoft Teams: Chat Bubbles on iOS and Android, Co-Organizer Role, and More

Microsoft in June 2022 rolled out a host of new features as it continues to rapidly develop Teams, the hybrid work collaboration platform with 270 million monthly active users

Multitasking in Teams meetings on iPad has been improved. There is now a collapsible right panel during meetings that allows the participant, for example, to chat with colleagues while watching and listening to a presentation.

Chat calling in meetings is now available on iOS and Android. When chat bubbles are enabled, users can see chat messages on the screen to preview the two most recent messages. This avoids the need to manually open the chat window within a meeting to see what participants are typing. Users can temporarily or permanently disable chat bubbles.

Organizations with multilingual teams can now customize email invitations to join meetings to include the languages ​​users are most comfortable with. Administrators can apply a policy by setting the MeetingInviteLanguages parameter in the CsTeamsMeetingPolicy in the admin portalIt can be set at the user or group level, or for the entire organization.

There is a new “co-organizer” role under the official organizer that can be assigned to up to 10 meeting participants. Co-hosts can manage meeting options, but cannot currently create and manage breakout rooms, manage meeting records, and view or download attendance reports. Co-organizers must belong to the same tenant as the organizer.

Teams for the web also won better real-time translation capabilities last month as well as live captions and translations in 27 languages.

Microsoft added six more spoken languages ​​this month for live captions and transcriptions in Teams Meetings, including Czech, Thai, Hebrew, Portuguese, Vietnamese and Turkish.

Teams on Android has a notification drawer at the top of the screen to see system messages during meetings. This can be collapsed and notifications cleared with a single button press.

Live transcription is now also available for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) for Azure Virtual Desktop users.

For chat and collaboration, Microsoft has made it possible to embed Teams chat in Dynamics 365 for merchants to ease the workflow between the two platforms. This allows existing or new chants to be associated with Dynamics 365 records, such as opportunities and service cases.

Microsoft is also improving e-signature approval capabilities on mobile devices, while e-signature approvals are now fully embedded in Teams Approvals. Users can also view and edit Adobe Acrobat PDF files within Teams.

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