Added Features… Sept 19.

Microsoft recently posted a blog outlining some of the new features and updates they have added to Teams as it continues to march on and get bigger and better. Below you will find a brief run down on some of the stand out features.


In the modern workspace, IM’s and chat are part and parcel of every day life. With this comes the frustration of having to trawl through numerous messages and chats to find the information you need now. With this in mind Microsoft have added new filters to Chat to enable you to find that conversation you had with a team member in any group, meeting or 1 to 1 chat. Filters also added to Teams allows you to find a specific team or channel by typing in keywords.

Channel Notifications.

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 > Turn off notifications/Turn on notifications

Chrome Calling!

Microsoft have now added Google Chrome to the list of browsers that officially support making calls from your web browser

Meet Now.

As we all know, not all meetings a scheduled in advance. The “Meet Now” feature on desktop allows you to forgo the need to request attendees and schedule the meeting in advance. It lets you go straight into a new 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. No calendar, no scheduling, no fuss.

Pin a meeting participant.

If you have had a meeting in Teams you will know that active speakers are placed into a single, 4 x 4 view. But if you wish to keep a single speaker on the screen you can now right click and pin them. This only makes the change to your view and will not affect the other members of the meeting.

Reverse Number Lookup.

We all know “caller ID”, where the identity of the caller is displayed so you know who is calling before answering the phone. But how do you know who is calling you if you receive a call in Teams from a PSTN Caller? Now, when a user receives a call, Teams will display the PSTN Caller’s name based on Azure Active Directory data and/or the Telco provided display name. Available now on the desktop, and coming soon to Teams mobile as part of Roadmap Feature ID 53937.

The Microsoft blog also has a few other features that have not been included here so head on over to HERE for more info.

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