What’s new in Microsoft Teams’ big December 2020 update

Microsoft Teams December update

Microsoft Teams’ December 2020 feature update is now available
for everyone as the tech giant has completed the rollout.
Microsoft Teams desktop client is updated automatically, but
you can manually check for updates by clicking on the updates
button in your profile or settings menu.

December 2020 update for Microsoft Teams comes with a wide
range of exciting features and improvements, according to the
changelog posted by the company.

These features include improved real-time translations in live
events, new meeting screen, improved performance, better audio
quality, virtual breakout rooms, improved Cortana support on
Windows 10 and more.

December 2020 update for Microsoft Teams

With December update,
Microsoft has finally enabled support for breakout virtual
rooms, which allows organizers to split the meeting into
smaller groups. Once enabled, you can have different ‘rooms’ or
‘groups’ with users selected by the organizer.

This will allow the organizer to facilitate group discussions
and brainstorming sessions in a matter of minutes.

Teams virtual breakout room

For now, the feature is only available in the government
channel of Microsoft Teams and it will be released to more
users in the coming weeks.

Meeting notifications

Microsoft Teams has been updated with support for a new feature
called ‘end of meeting notifications’. As the name suggests,
Teams can now notify you when there are five minutes remaining
in the meeting, so that you can remain focused and wrap up the
meeting on time.

Meeting notifications

The notification appears for 10 seconds and you can click on
the close button to hide it or you can also disable it
completely using administrator policies

Pre-join experience

Microsoft has also enabled the new pre-join experience for
Teams.

Teams joining screen

This will allow you to adjust the audio, video and device
configurations easily before joining a meeting.

Real-time translation

Microsoft is enabling support for real-time translation in more
languages, including French, Hindi, Spanish, Dutch, Italian,
German, and more. In addition to translation improvements,
Microsoft has extended support for 20,000 attendees in a live
event until June 30, 2021.

Cortana Voice Assistance

In supported regions, you can now use Windows 10’s built-in
voice assistant Cortana to join and conduct meetings.

For example, you can use “Cortana, end my meeting” command to
end a meeting.

Other improvements

Here’s a list of other minor improvements in Microsoft Teams
December update:

  • Teams can now detect the proximity of the conference phone
    call using the hardware sensors, so you can easily add more
    devices to the meeting.
  • Teams mobile app now supports 3×3 gallery and large gallery
    view.
  • On iOS, you can access your files without active internet
    connection as long as they’re downloaded.
  • Video playback performance improvements.
  • Customizable praise badges.

In addition to these improvements,
Microsoft has confirmed that it’s also working on a new history
menu, search experience, and more.

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