What you need to know
- Microsoft Teams has had Calling enhancements on the docket for many months.
- They're now here and are designed to simplify and streamline calling functions.
- They're rolling out to Teams desktop users.
Many Microsoft Teams users have been waiting on the Calling experience to get an overhaul for some time now, and their patience is finally being rewarded. Gone are the days of settings and menus obfuscating and hiding what you're looking for. No more cumbersome exercises in tab-jumping, either.
As noted by Paul Bloem on Twitter, the new layout is looking snazzy. Call history, speed dial, and all other key features you want to see are visible right from the get-go in a layout that's intuitively built to slot every item exactly where you'd hope to see it.
The long anticipated #MicrosoftTeams Calling layout is here! So much simpler, everything you need without jumping to different tabs. Call forwarding options set from the same pane, no more multiple clicking to expose the Calls option buried in settings. Well worth the wait! pic.twitter.com/BK5XWxvtlyThe long anticipated #MicrosoftTeams Calling layout is here! So much simpler, everything you need without jumping to different tabs. Call forwarding options set from the same pane, no more multiple clicking to expose the Calls option buried in settings. Well worth the wait! pic.twitter.com/BK5XWxvtly— Paul Bloem (@PaulB_NZ) May 11, 2021May 11, 2021
This is far from the only Teams news in recent memory. It's also receiving major interactive webinar support (up to 1,000 people, for the time being) as well as PowerPoint Live, so you can impress meeting colleagues with your carefully curated slides and notes all from a single, convenient Teams view.
And that's just the tip of the iceberg. Microsoft Teams is also about to make it easier to bring people from external organizations into group chats, and so much more. Teams is replete with content-rich updates both being rolled out and slated for the future.
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