Microsoft Teams gets new attendance feature, custom backgrounds on mobile

Microsoft Teams attendance

Microsoft Teams is set to improve the experience for organizers
and teachers with support for a new feature that will allow
them to download attendance report after the meeting or webinar
has ended. For others, Microsoft is working on custom meeting
backgrounds support on mobile.

The change will see Microsoft Teams offering match rival
service Zoom. The new feature will not be available
immediately, however, but is rolling out, according to a
statement from Microsoft.

The first new addition is the option to download the
participants report after the meeting and webinar. After the
update on the desktop, you’ll be able to review and download
attendee reports. Microsoft has already confirmed the feature
will be rolling out gradually over the “coming weeks”.

For desktop users, Microsoft appears to be testing improved
“Tags in Teams” support. For those unaware, the tags feature
basically allows anyone to quickly reach a group of people
without using @mention. With the latest update, the tags
feature is getting support for descriptions and it can now be
managed as a Tab.

Custom meeting backgrounds on mobile

Last year, Microsoft Teams for Windows 10 and macOS was updated
with support for custom meeting backgrounds. The tech giant is
now bringing the same functionality to mobile, starting with
iOS users.

If allowed in your organization, you can now use custom or
preset backgrounds in Teams mobile app. With custom
backgrounds, you can hide your messy rooms and also use them as
an opportunity to express your interests while in a video call
with your co-workers.

If you don’t prefer custom backgrounds, Teams also come with
another feature that lets you blur the background so that
others wouldn’t be able to see what’s behind you.

In addition to these two new features,
Microsoft Teams is also testing PowerPoint Live integration
in the desktop client to make your presentations better. With
PowerPoint Live, you can present your PowerPoint slides without
sharing the screen of your desktop or Teams client.

This feature includes support for the presenter view mode,
which lets you access the notes and chat with attendees at the
same time.

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