Microsoft Groups frequently grew in reputation right through 2020, going from 44 million day by day lively customers pre-pandemic to a brand new all-time top of 115 million simply seven months later. 

With the device closely depended on for efficient far flung running, Microsoft has added numerous options in fresh months which intention to enhance video calling capability. Some intention to make the digital assembly revel in extra immersive, whilst others upload a slightly of a laugh to boost the common speaker and gallery perspectives. 

Use In combination Mode

In-person conferences can happen in all kinds of places, however the digital an identical usually hasn’t mirrored that. Alternatively, the creation of In combination Mode added a number of recent digital areas for colleagues to come back in combination. 

Microsoft Teams Together mode

To get began with In combination mode, merely sign up for a decision with more than one individuals and click on the 3 dots on the best of the display screen. From right here, you’ll be able to see the ‘In combination mode’ possibility (if it is greyed out, there don’t seem to be sufficient other people at the name). Present background choices come with theatre, cinema, curved convention theatre, curved outdoor amphitheater, spherical boardroom desk, and immediately boardroom desk.

Transfer issues up with presenter modes

If you happen to use Groups for paintings functions, it is extremely most probably you’ve got been on a decision the place any person’s sharing their display screen whilst presenting. This normally comes to the individual talking from a small field within the nook of the window, whilst the presentation takes up the vast majority of the show.  

Alternatively, Microsoft has just lately introduced new presenter modes, permitting you to modify factor up for a extra immersive revel in. There might be 3 new settings in overall:

  • Reporter – places content material above speaker’s shoulder, as can be noticed in a work to digicam via a information reporter
  • Standout – silhouette of speaker immediately in entrance of the content material
  • Aspect to aspect – places content material subsequent to a big speaker, very similar to what can also be discovered on Zoom

Microsoft Teams presenter modes

Standout might be right here earlier than the tip of March 2021, even though we’re going to have to attend slightly longer for Reporter and Aspect to aspect. We’re going to replace this newsletter as soon as they are to be had. 

Upload background results

In a while after the pandemic shifted virtually all socialising on-line, other people started to create customized backgrounds for video calls. Microsoft Groups quickly added it as a characteristic inside conferences, permitting you to change out the generic wall at the back of you for one thing a bit extra attention-grabbing. From immediately inside a decision, click on the 3 dots on the best of the display screen and make a selection ‘Observe background results’.

Microsoft Teams custom backgrounds

Groups has a handful of presets, even though you’ll be able to additionally upload your individual from native garage. Learn extra in our information on learn how to alternate background on Microsoft Groups.

Reply with emojis

In a gathering with a lot of individuals, it is probably not suitable to vocalise your emotions in opposition to one thing being mentioned. The addition of emojis to Microsoft Groups method you’ll be able to point out your ideas on one thing with out disrupting the dialog. 

Along with the common ‘Lift Hand’ capability, there are ‘Like’, ‘Center’, ‘Applause’ and ‘Snigger’ emojis. To get right of entry to them, search for the icon on the best of the display screen made from a hand and smiley face, like underneath:

Microsoft Teams emoji

Optimistically, Microsoft might be including masses extra within the close to long run. 

See extra in our complete information to Microsoft Groups.