The evolution of Teams - update 4 August 2020

At Oxford, Nexus365 Teams has become our lifeline, helping all of us stay connected while we are away from our usual place of work or study.

New features available now

Microsoft are responding to feedback and continue to develop new features for Teams to support education. Keeping track of all the new functionality can be tricky, so here is an update on the latest features to be rolled out and some advance notice of what’s coming next.

Cartoon image of a laptop with twelve faces looking out.
  • Large gallery, where you can see up to 49 people is now available for meetings with more than nine participants - click on the three dots '...' to find this feature.

  • Video and chat can now pop out from your main Teams window, making it easier to access files or other parts of Teams while you are chatting.

More information about both of these features, and how to use them, is available on this Microsoft blog post.

Coming later this year

  • Integrated whiteboard apps are being tested as we write this
  • Virtual breakout rooms where participants can easily be called back to the main meeting, will also soon be available.  

How to get Teams help and advice

For help and advice on Teams features and how to use them, any member of Oxford University can join the Nexus365 User Group and ask questions to the wider user group community. You'll also find tips, tricks, quick start guides and more. It’s easy to join:

  1. In Teams, go to 'Join or create a team' (at the bottom of your Teams list)
  2. Select 'Join a team with a code' and type in LNJVOFR
  3. Click 'Join team' and you're in!

To learn more, you can also join one of our courses, instructor-led or on LinkedIn Learning. Find out what's on at the IT Learning Centre.

Top tip

If you've organised a Teams meeting, you can save a record of who attended. Here's how - download attendance reports in Teams.