What’s new and improved in Microsoft Teams’ big November 2020 update

Microsoft has completed the rollout of Microsoft Teams’
November feature update. As you may know already, Microsoft
Teams desktop client will automatically download the new
software update when your Windows 10 or macOS devices are
connected to the Wi-Fi network.

According to the official changelog and roadmap, November 2020
update for Microsoft Teams contains a number of new features
and improvements.

This includes the new noise-suppression feature, updated
full-screen experience, polls integration, new presence status
options, ability to pin posts in a conversation, and more.

November 2020 update for Microsoft Teams

Microsoft has completed the rollout of the new AI-based noise
suppression feature that will automatically remove unwanted
background noise when you’re in a Teams meeting.

This feature was first announced back in March 2020 and it
started rolling out to users in the first week of November. The
update introduces new options to customize the
noise-suppression.

Noise suppression in Teams

The new option includes “High” suppression mode which uses deep
neural networks to analyze the audio around you and eliminate
unwelcome noise during Teams meetings. It works best only when
the desktop client is able to properly separate human speech
signals.

To turn on the new functionality in Teams, simply head to the
Settings > Devices and scroll down to see the new noise
suppression section.

Polls integration

Polls integration within Microsoft Teams has existed for a
while now, but it just got better in November update. Teams now
allow users to create draft polls before a meeting quickly and
organizers/presentation can view the answer during the meeting
itself.

Microsoft Teams poll integration

In addition, when a poll goes live, Teams will automatically
issue a pop-up alert to attendees, so they’ll be able to voice
their opinion in real-time.

Full-screen mode

Microsoft Teams now allows users to full-screen mode in the new
meetings experience. If you’re using the latest desktop client,
you should see the “Full-screen” option in the More actions
menu (…).

Teams full screen

In the new and improved full-screen mode, meeting window will
use your whole screen and hide Teams’ title bar and Windows
10’s taskbar.

Translation

Teams app has also received support for Inline message
translation capability. This will allow you to translate
individual posts in channels and chat.

Presence status

You can now set duration for each status in the presence menu.
For example, you can now set ‘Do not disturb’ status for a
specific period of time, such as one hour, two hours, or more
than one week.

MS Teams duration

This
new presence status feature is for those users that prefer
to take short breaks during working hours or to help those who
don’t want to get annoyed by unnecessary messages from
colleagues.

Calling features and performance improvement

Microsoft is rolling out the new Call Merge feature in select
regions. Call merge will allow users to merge their Teams calls
into another call or group call.

November update for Teams also comes with performance
improvements for the desktop client as well as offline mode.

Earlier this week, Microsoft announced that it’s working on
another great
feature for those with slow or limited internet
connections. Lastly, some Teams users will begin receiving
a new built-in call experience starting early next year.

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