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February may be the shortest month of the year, but we were still able to bring plenty of new functionality to Microsoft Teams! From the new Outlook integrated experience to enhanced compliance controls, we are constantly improving to help people do their best work. Read on to learn about everything that is new to Teams in February.
What’s New: Chat & Collaboration
New Files Experience in Teams powered by SharePoint rolled out worldwide!
The Teams file experience is powered by SharePoint, and we are happy to share that the new file experience in Teams has now rolled out to 100% of worldwide tenants! This new experience in the File tab of a channel includes the ability to sync files to your computer (PC or Mac), see rich previews across 320+ file types, create views and work with metadata, see document life-cycle signals, review on-hover file cards, pin files to the top, take actions like check in and check out, and much more. See more of the experience here.
Use live captions to give subtitles to your Microsoft Teams meetings (Generally Available)
Sorry, what was that? Turn on live captions during your Teams meetings to help you never miss what somebody is trying to say. The power of Teams allows us to work from anywhere and with team members from around the globe; which means sometimes we join meetings from crowded airport terminals, or perhaps are working with people who have different levels of language proficiency. Now, live captions can help you improve the accessibility and effectiveness of meetings by turning on captions, and reading what people are saying in real time.
This is a valuable feature for those who are deaf or hard of hearing, have different levels of language proficiency, or are connecting from loud locations. This feature was in private preview but is now generally available to all Teams customers. We are starting with support for English language and will be rolling out more languages soon. Learn more here.
Teams meeting recordings are stored in Microsoft Stream cloud storage. Tenant administrators have an option to go to the admin center to turn ON/OFF “Allow cloud recording” setting for Teams meetings. Cloud recordings are currently not allowed/enabled for customers where Stream service is not available in the corresponding Go Local region. We are going to change the existing behavior by enabling “Allow cloud recording” and turning it ON by default. This change will store the recordings in the respective in-region data center. Learn more here.
Manage your App Catalog in the Teams Admin Center
Confidently manage apps from the Microsoft Teams admin center. The Manage apps page provides administrators with a view into all available apps in the tenant and includes information to help them decide which apps to enabled for their organization. Additionally, the app catalog allows administrators to streamline the process of testing and distributing line-of-business applications. Learn more here.
What’s New: Security & Compliance
Legal hold for Teams private channels messages
Meet legal requirements by preserving information in Teams. Legal hold now supports the preservation of private channel messages. Learn more here.
Minimize communication risks in your organization. Communication Compliance helps administrators detect, capture, and take remediation actions for inappropriate messages. Learn more here.
What’s New: GCC, GCC High, & DOD
Phone System Additions for GCC
There were several additions to These features are available to GCC customers. This includes (1) Teams users can screen share to Skype for Business users, (2) Callers can transfer directly to voicemail, (3) Caller ID for Teams users (AAD) (4) Chrome browser users can send and receive video calls, and (5) use the powerbar slash command to make PSTN calls.
What’s New: Apps & Workflows
Enhanced Power BI Tab for Teams
We’re excited to announce the new Power BI tab for Microsoft Teams. The new tab adds support for reports in the new workspace experiences, reports in Power BI apps, and paginated reports.
Pin your apps to the left-hand rail for easy access
The Teams Admin can also create group policies so certain apps appear on everyone’s Teams app bar. Learn more about Admin app pinning here.
Introducing Microsoft Teams QBot!
QBot is a solution designed for classroom teaching scenarios which allow teachers, tutors and students to intelligently answer each other's questions within the Microsoft Teams collaboration platform. It leverages the power of Azure Cognitive Services, in particular QnA Maker to achieve this.