Teams update - July 2021

New ways of storing and sharing Teams recordings 

The automatic uploading of meeting recordings to Microsoft Stream is expected to be changing in mid-late August 2021.   

So, what do you need to do? Nothing. Recording a meeting in Teams will behave the same way it does now and it will save automatically when recording is started. The only difference will be where that recording is stored - quick one-to-one meeting recordings will save to the organiser's OneDrive, and Team or channel recordings will be stored in the Team 'files' area associated with where the meeting was scheduled or started.  

If you want to find your recording afterwards, you’ll find your file in these new locations, instead of in Stream. For most users, this should make no difference - existing recordings in Stream will be unaffected, but no new recordings can be added to Stream after the change.* 

More information about meeting recordings is available on this Microsoft support page. Detailed guidance about recording Teams meetings for Oxford users is also available on the IT Help website. If you have created local guidance, you’ll want to update it to reflect the new arrangements. 

Teams development continues  

As we hope you’ve noticed, Microsoft continues updating Teams features and rolling out new ones regularly. The things we told you about in our June Teams article, are still on the roadmap - we hope you will see them very soon.  In the meantime, you might find these features useful: 

  • Transcription – During any scheduled Teams meeting, you can start a live transcription of participant speech. The text appears alongside the meeting video or audio in real time, including the speaker's name (unless they chose to hide it) and a time stamp.  
  • Chat bubbles – Chats sent during a Teams meeting will surface on the screens of all meeting participants, making the chat more central to the conversation. It's up to you how you use chat bubbles during your day.  

Oh, and did you hear about Teams 2.0? When we hear more, we will let you know. 

Don’t forget you can vote for Teams features to be developed. Our article, Influencing the development of Teams, sets out ways that you can influence new features and includes a handy link to the Teams Roadmap. 

Teams training, help and advice  

To stay up to date in between our articles, you can see the latest Teams announcements, tips, tricks, quick start guides and more in the Nexus365 User Group (NUG). You will also find an active Q&A section as well as useful ‘how-to’ discussions with fellow Teams users. Any member of Oxford University can join - the joining code is LNJVOFR

If you have a question about good practice for teaching with Teams, please contact the Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL) or check the CTL website which has lots of useful information.  

To learn how to use Teams features, don’t forget you can join one of our courses to find out how you can get the most out of this versatile tool. Just search for ‘Teams’ in the course listing on our IT Learning Centre what's on page.  

Top tip  

Did you know that Teams meetings can go on for a maximum of 24 hours? Is anyone brave enough to hold a meeting that long? 




*small update to text due to new information from Microsoft.