This year is already bringing updates and new Teams features our way. One of our favourite updates over the past few months has been the introduction of the accessibility feature, Sign Language View. Anyone who wants to use this feature can turn on the ‘Sign Language’ option in the ‘Accessibility’ menu, which can be found under the three dots in the top menu bar. This Microsoft article includes a short video with more information about Sign Language View.
Did you know that if you set your Teams meetings to auto record, the meeting recordings are automatically saved in the OneDrive of the first person to join a meeting? There are ways you can manage this automatic feature, so we’ve updated our Teams recordings guidance on the IT Help website.
This is also a good time to remind you that Stream (Classic) will close permanently for use in February 2024 – if you still use Stream (Classic) you should prepare to move your content out of there before the shut-off date of 15 February 2024. We’ll share more information about this during the summer, but in the meantime, if you want to download your videos and save them in a safe location, you can do this any time. Microsoft recently published an update about this closure.
Features now available
Lots of new features are already available for you to use, and many more are coming soon. We’ve set out some which we hope you’ll find interesting.
- Popouts are coming to apps, calendar scheduling and in-meeting presenter modes, allowing you to arrange these features on your screen to your own preference.
- Improvements will make it easier to share from Teams, SharePoint and OneDrive.
- You'll be able to @mention a person or @mention a team to add them to chats.
- You’ll also be able to disable chat access for anonymous or unauthenticated users.
- Co organisers will to be able to manage breakout rooms.
- An expanded view of Teams profile cards will give you more information about your contacts at a glance.
- 'Class' and 'Lecture' meeting templates will soon be available.
- The iOS14 Teams Mobile client (for Mac users) is being retired in March 2023
Remember to check the Teams roadmap if you want to find out more about what’s coming next.
Teams training, help and advice
Lots of information about how to get Teams help, advice and training is available on the IT Help website, IT Learning Centre and the Centre for Teaching and Learning websites.
Don’t forget, any member of Oxford University can join the Nexus365 User Group (NUG) to stay up to date with Teams news, tips, tricks, quick-start guides and more - the joining code is LNJVOFR.
Did you know you can test your audio setup before joining a meeting?
There are other handy settings you can adjust as well.