Since Microsoft Teams arose in 2017, it has been acquiring remarkable popularity. Evolved to replace Skype for Business, Teams offers all your team requires to collaborate and be productive. Your team get one-on-one discussions, bunch informing, video gatherings, and sound calls just on one platform.

The application is integrated with Outlook, Word, SharePoint, and other Microsoft applications. In case you’re now utilizing Microsoft efficiency instruments, Teams is a characteristic fit.

Isn’t that amazing?

What are the features of Microsoft Teams?

The five minutes left in your meeting warning — This is a warning that pops up notifying meeting attendees when there is only 5 minutes remaining for the meeting schedule. This is great if maybe you’ve been talking a lot and didn’t realize it or other people in the meeting and talking a lot and you lose track of when the meeting is supposed to end and there it is.

It is important to note that the end of meeting notification is strictly informational. Its appearance does not mean that the meeting will terminate in five minutes.

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The Five Minutes Left in your Meeting Notification

Together mode background scenes —Together mode is intended to give participants in Teams meetings a more interesting and engaging experience than the standard gallery layout. The implementation isolates the head and shoulder of each video-enabled and combines these snippets with a background (scene) to create the impression that everyone is seated together in a shared space.

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Together Mode in Teams

Together mode is available when there are five or more participants in a meeting. Only organizers and presenters can enable together mode for a meeting.

Presently, Microsoft has released a holiday background scene for Together mode. After starting together mode in a meeting, you can select a different scene to use as the basis for the shared space by choosing the Change scene option. These scenes are:

· Theater (the original Together mode scene).

· Cinema.

· Curved conference theater.

· Curved outside amphitheater.

· Round boardroom table.

· Straight boardroom table.

The first four scenes are suitable for large meetings up to the 49-participant limit Teams can display. The boardrooms scenes can be used with smaller gatherings.

Meeting Notes — Meeting notes are now taken directly on the meeting’s Meeting notes tab in the main Teams window. This is one of the benefits of having the meeting in a separate window. To access or take notes from within the meeting window, select More options (…) > Show meeting notes and you’ll see the usual side pane come up. In the pane, there is a Take notes button that brings you to the Meeting notes tab.

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Meeting Notes in Microsoft Teams

Apps popping out of the app bar on the left-hand side you have pinned — This gives you the ability to pop up apps you have pinned, and you can move the window around.

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Apps Popping Out of the App

Improvements on video and calling in chat — There is the new video call Button, and the audio call buttons. Also, the screen sharing button has been enhanced. If you want to share your desktop, you can do that with the screen share button. And furthermore, you can share OneNote window or a specific window like edge browser or a folder.

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Video showing at the bottom of the screen

Teamify — This is an amazing feature that enables you to create a team directly from a Sharepoint site. You can now create a team that’s connected directly to that SharePoint site, add pages and documents. Automatically for the site created, you can add Microsoft Teams to collaborate in real time which can also be activated with the little add Microsoft Teams link.

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Sharepoint Teams site in Office365

The benefits are:

· Increases sharing and awareness

· Reduces “what to use when” workload confusion

· Simplifies user experience

· Integrates real-time and near real-time collaboration

· Consolidates “one place” workplace hub

Improved SharePoint Tab app — The updated share Point tab has a lot of nice features. It looks through everything you have in your site and it has things like document libraries. May be there’s a different page that you might want to add, and you can also filter by SharePoint pages.

Improved SharePoint Pages tab — When you click on the sharepoint button it has all the different pages from your Sharepoint site that is behind the team, and different options are available. You can click add page from any sharepoint site and paste a link to any page that you have access to. When you save the page, it is automatically pinned to the top of the team.

Start Meet Now on Mobile Chat or Channels — The 8th new feature is the ability to start a meet now meeting type on your mobile device. This can be a phone or a tablet. This will work in chat or channels. From your Phone device, when you tap on the calendar in the bottom and in the upper right, then just tap start meeting. You can add participants just like normal.

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Start Meet Now on Mobile Chat or Channels

Improved mobile video layout for content sharing — From your mobile device you can now share Powerpoint which can be shared also in landscape mode, and you can see the videos run along at the bottom of the screen.

Power BI app for teams — From the 3 dots menu, search for Power BI, select it and click add. This adds power BI wrapped right inside your team so you can have access to it.

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Power BI app for Teams

There are lots of options like:

· power BI basics

· sample reports

· how to create reports

It enables you to do everything you can do in the Power BI website here right inside of Teams.

What makes this feature amazing is that you can chat about your report and share it with your channel or teams. If you are in education world, you can create assignments

Teams for Homes and Families — Family life is busy! Share grocery lists, book appointments, plan a celebration, and more in Microsoft Teams. It’s your hub to chat, coordinate, delegate tasks, and stay on top of all the details.

It’s taken a while, especially considering the number of people who are looking for convenient ways to chat and videoconference these days, but Microsoft has finally created a version of its business Teams app for personal use. The app is currently only available for mobile devices (iOS and Android). You get 10GB of file storage for your “team” and 2GB of personal file storage per person.

What follows is a quick how-to on using Teams for communicating with friends and family. It is available for both iOS and Android; the two apps are extremely similar. The only difference may be in the placement of, say, the “Start new chat” button.

The app offers a variety of ways to communicate: chat, audio-only, and video. Everybody participating has to have the app on their device, and you also need a Microsoft account (which is relatively simple to sign up for).

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To begin, download the Microsoft Teams app from the iOS App Store or Google Play Store. Sign in with your Microsoft account; if you don’t have one, you can sign up at this point. It’s free.

If your workplace uses Microsoft Office, you will be asked to either select your organization or to create a personal account. In this case, tap on “Personal.”

At this point, you’re told that others will be able to find you either using your phone number or your Microsoft email address. This information isn’t made public anywhere, but those who have one or the other (and who hopefully know you) will be able to use them to connect with you on Teams.

The next screen allows you to sync your contacts with the Team app. It’s not required.

Now you’re at the main screen for Teams. Tap on the pencil / paper icon to start a conversation. Teams lets you chat via text, audio, or video.

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