- Microsoft Teams introduced several notable enhancements in September 2023. Users can create up to 1,000 standard or shared channels per team.
- Microsoft Teams now enables users to join meetings hosted in different Microsoft clouds without navigating complex tenant switches.
- New management features allow configuration of hotline phones, virtual front desks, and streamlined call log management on iOS devices.
Microsoft has detailed a roundup of new capabilities added to its Teams collaboration service in September. These updates are designed to enhance various aspects of the platform, including webinars, chat and collaboration, IT administration and security, as well as the Teams Rooms and Devices experience.
First off, Microsoft has released several updates to improve the chat and collaboration experience in Microsoft Teams. It’s possible to create up to 1,000 standard or shared channels in new and existing teams. Microsoft is also expanding the guest access feature, allowing users to participate in meetings, chats, channels, and teams between tenants across Microsoft clouds. IT admins can use Entra B2B and Cross Tenant Access Settings to configure trust policies between tenants.
Similarly, Microsoft Teams allows users to join a meeting hosted in another Microsoft cloud without switching between different tenants. However, meeting participants won’t be able to access other data stored on the host tenant. The latest update also allows users to blur backgrounds and record screens in video clips or send audio-only clips.
Microsoft has released a new on-demand recording experience for Teams webinars. The feature allows organizers to publish the associated recording and share the video link with their colleagues through email. They will need to head over to the recordings section within the webinar setup and management experience to publish the video.
Microsoft has introduced a new feature that lets IT admins configure hotline phones and a virtual front desk through the Teams Admin Center. Moreover, administrators can remove Teams call and meetings details from call logs on iOS devices. There’s also a new feature that allows users to surface and auto-install approved apps on client devices.
Microsoft Teams admins can allow a group of employees to use a shared phone number and calling plan for PSTN calls. Additionally, the Teams Phone Mobile SKU is now available for customers based in the UK and Denmark. Microsoft says analog devices manufactured by different vendors (such as Poly, AudioCodes, and Cisco) can now use SIP Gateway to connect to Microsoft Teams.
Lastly, Microsoft announced several new Teams-certified devices in September. These include DTEN Mate Touch Console for Microsoft Teams Rooms on Android, Aver CAM570 Camera for Microsoft Teams Rooms on Windows, Poly TC10 certified for Microsoft Teams Panel on Android, as well as, Yamaha ADECIA Wireless Solution for Microsoft Teams Rooms on Windows.