Microsoft Teams Updates | July 2018

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New updates in Microsoft Teams are aimed at increasing collaboration and creativity, leading to more productive processes and increased efficiency. Here are the latest updates to Microsoft Teams that will have an impact on the way you interact with the platform.

Seamless communication: Direct Routing

At the end of last month, Microsoft announced that Phone System Direct Routing was now available in Microsoft Teams. Direct Routing enables customers to select their telecom provider to empower their users to make calls in Teams. Direct Routing and Calling Plans are now the choices for Microsoft Teams dial tone.

Improved collaboration: Teams is hitting the US Government Community Cloud (GCC)

Teams in GCC has been carefully built to meet the high requirements for security and compliance that GCC customers have. This way, the platform can help them evolve communication into collaboration. Read the full announcement here.

Updates to keyboard shortcuts

There are now updated keyboard shortcuts for new functions. There are three ways you can view the shortcuts list:

  • Type '/keys' in the command bar
  • Press Ctrl+. on Windows or Command+. on Mac
  • Click on Settings and select 'keyboard shortcuts
  • You'll be able to see the rest of the current keyboard shortcuts below:

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Edit Visio files in Teams

You are now able to view, edit and collaborate on Visio diagrams within the Microsoft Teams platform. Just upload a Visio diagram to a channel's conversation tab, and it will be shared with your team. 

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Office 365 now available in Teams web client

It's now easier to switch between some of the core Office 365 apps. In the Teams web client, you can expand the app launcher (aka, “the waffle”) for Office 365 to make use of core apps like Word, Outlook and OneDrive.

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Two things to know:

  • If a given user has had an app disabled, the app will be hidden from their app launcher
  • The app launcher won't show pinned applications

New Apps in Teams:

Jell enables users to customise questions, reminder and recurring schedules. There is a 14-day free trial, and multiple plans to meet your needs.

RSpace provides a notebook to biology and chemistry researchers to record experiments, collaborate on research and communicate efficiently.

Zoho Projects empowers users to deploy project management at their fingertips. Manage and plan projects, assign work and collaborate more effectively.

Teams and eDiscovery

Microsoft Teams will now support eDiscovery for calls and meetings, this will afford compliant admins the ability to search and discover summary records for all Teams meetings.

Plus, Teams will also support eDiscovery in an exchange hybrid. Enjoy support for eDiscovery, Review and Export, Compliance Content Search for users in organisations with an exchange hybrid setup. This is available by request through Microsoft support.

Mobile improvements

New features for mobile devices will improve the reliability of sending messages when networks are flaky, and network and battery have been optimised in calls and meetings. Teams for Surface Hub (Preview) is now available, with seamless compatibility with Skype for Business. And download the Teams app, rather than continuing to use the web client!

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