An update to the Microsoft Teams for Android and iOS is making
its way to users to deliver a handy new feature. As per the
changelog posted on Microsoft 365 admin portal, Teams for
mobile will be able to read aloud.
Users can have the Microsoft Teams app read chats and posts out
loud on Android and iOS using Immersive Reader. Microsoft has
optimized the Immersive Reader to support reader across ages
and abilities. This functionality was previously available only
on the web and desktop apps.
Microsoft Teams uses proven customization techniques to read
aloud your posts, chat messages, and assignments, etc.
Importantly, this feature is available for Microsoft Teams
content only. That means you won’t be able to have PowerPoint
or Word files read out loud from Microsoft Teams or other apps.
On desktop, users can even switch focus to just a specific chat
or message. It’s not yet clear if that functionality will be
added to the mobile version of Microsoft Teams.
Immersive Reader is coming to Teams mobile in June 2021.
It’s also worth noting that immersive reader isn’t particularly
new for Microsoft. Last year, Microsoft Edge (Chromium) was
also updated with Immersive Reader and Grammer tools. These
features are powered by Microsoft’s in-house AI engine and
clicking on the read-aloud button within Chromium Edge will
play contents word-by-word.
Personally, I’ve used Immersive Reader on Teams quite often, so
it’s nice to see mobile users getting something along the same
Microsoft Teams calendar getting better on iOS and Android
In addition to Immersive Reader, Microsoft Teams users on
mobile can soon view all meetings and events for the day to
easily see when you’re available or busy.
Based on the description posted on the roadmap,
it looks like Microsoft is trying to improve the interface of
the calendar page to help users discover their meetings and
events for the day.
This feature is coming to iOS and Android in June 2021.
In addition to mobile features, Microsoft Teams for desktop is
all set for a range of new features. For example, the software
maker is rolling out a
new in-meeting share tray with PowerPoint Live integration,
which is a new way to share presentations without sharing the
screen with the audience.
Microsoft Teams is also gaining new controls to block attendees
videos with just one tap.