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What’s New In Teams – January 2021


Virtual Breakout Rooms – Breakout rooms allow meeting organisers to divide the meeting into smaller groups to facilitate discussions and brainstorming sessions. A breakout room can be created in a Teams meeting or a Teams channel meeting, allowing greater flexibility on how you want to meet. Organisers can easily jump in between breakout rooms, deliver announcements to all breakout rooms at once, and bring everyone back to the main meeting at any time. Any files from the breakout rooms can be shared in the main meeting and is available afterwards in the meeting chat. Learn more. We’re very interested in this for our Clients as we continue to work from home (for the majority) – adds another dimension.


End of meeting notifications

Microsoft Teams notifies the participants in a meeting when there are five minutes remaining in the scheduled meeting time. The notification appears on screen for 10 seconds and disappears without any user action. This helps you stay on track and wrap up as necessary without unintentionally running late to your next schedule. Notification is triggered for all scheduled private and channel meetings and does not cause the meeting to end automatically. Already proving a useful little feature here at Exactive where many Users are back-to-back on call’s/meetings (like most of our Clients of course!).


Teams meeting pre-join experience

We’ve already noticed an improved pre-join meeting experience for Teams meetings, including easier discovery of audio, video, and device configurations before joining a meeting. Previously, you had to go to settings to change meeting devices, but now these can be easily adjusted prior to the meeting in the pre-join experience.


Multiple number dialling

You can now see a split button in the chat header for audio/video calling. This displays multiple numbers for a single contact making it easier to view available numbers to initiate a call.



Restricting Windows and Mac managed device sign-in to specific tenants – You can now restrict Teams sign-in for Windows and Mac managed devices to help ensure that employees cannot sign-in to another organization’s tenant using the other tenant’s credentials from the device they are authorized to use for work. This policy can also be used to configure access to personal accounts.


Manage Teams display in Team Admin centre

We are adding the Teams Display as one more device category that can now be managed within Teams Admin Centre. Learn more.


Security, compliance and privacy

Only Invited Users can join directly with new Lobby Setting – A new lobby setting is coming to Teams meeting. We are adding “People I invite” as an option to the “Who can bypass lobby?” setting. Once enabled, only the participants invited by the organizer in the meeting invite can join the meeting directly. Everyone else is sent to the lobby.


Customer key for Teams available for public preview

Customer Key support for Microsoft Teams is now available for public preview! Customer Key is an added layer of encryption and is already available in Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, and OneDrive. Learn more.