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5 New Microsoft Teams Features September 2019

Microsoft recently posted a great September update summary blog. Here is a quick rundown of the top 5 new features


Meet Now


Not a feature I used a lot in Skype for Business, but the Meet Now button generates and drops you straight into a meeting, you can then add others or share the join details


Pin a meeting participant to keep then in your personal view


By default Microsoft Teams dynamically puts the active speakers in the 2×2 meeting layout, but if you want to personally keep someone on the screen you can now right click and pin them. This affects your view, not the entire meeting


Chrome browser now has PSTN and VoIP Calling


For a long while, you have been able to join meetings in chrome without a plugin, now you can do VoIP and PSTN calls with the calling app, right from within Chrome (and Chromium Edge if you try)


Filter your chats by name or subject



Turn on or off notifications for a specific channel thread


You can now turn off notifications for a particular thread, or turn them on for a thread you have not engaged in, or for a specific thread in a channel you have otherwise muted.

Just hit the three dots at the top right of the first message in the thread

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Tom Arbuthnot

A Microsoft MVP and Microsoft Certified Master, Tom Arbuthnot is Principal Solutions Architect at Microsoft Collaboration specialists Modality Systems.

Tom stays up to date with industry developments and shares news and his opinions on his blog, Microsoft Teams Podcast and email list. He is a regular speaker at events around the world.


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