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9 new New Teams Phones Features – December 2020 Firmware Update


Rollout begins towards the end of the first week of December 2020. Teams Phones will now auto-update, but once the update is available you can also manually update your phones.

There are 9 new updates

  • Sidecar support for AudioCodes and Yealink phones
  • Video enhancements for meetings on Teams video phones
    • 3×3 Layout
    • Together mode
    • Gallery view
    • Background blur
  • Meet Now on Teams phones
  • Screen sharing on select audio phones
  • Spotlight
  • Request to Speak
  • Proximity Based meeting join on conference phones
  • Policy Support for enabling home screen and auto answer
  • Support in Microsoft 365 Government Cloud (GCC) deployments


Reference: Message Center MC227429

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Tom Arbuthnot

A Microsoft MVP and Microsoft Certified Master, Tom Arbuthnot is Founder and Principal at Empowering.Cloud as well as a Solutions Director at Pure IP.

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