Microsoft Teams Devices just received some new experiences via a software update. The company promises to provide Teams users with a whole host of new features and experiences across its shared space devices. Let’s see what these updates bring to the table.
Coordinated Meetings support for Teams Rooms and Surface Hub
First things first, Microsoft Teams users can download the following app updates, courtesy of the Windows Store:
- Microsoft Teams Rooms app v126.96.36.199
- Microsoft Teams Collaboration bar app v188.8.131.520062501
- Microsoft Surface Hub v0.2020.84.1970
The updated Teams experiences bring the support for Coordinated Meetings for Microsoft Teams Rooms and Microsoft Surface Hub. In its recent blog post, Microsoft wrote:
“With Coordinated Meetings, people can drive inclusive, collaborative meeting experiences between remote and in-person attendees like never before.”
“Now, users can leverage the power of both Microsoft Teams Room and Surface Hub devices in the same meeting, through a coordinated experience.”
This feature enables two devices to join the meeting at the same time. Interestingly, this doesn’t cause any confusion or overlapping, and for a reason. While Teams Rooms runs audio and video feed, the Surface Hub automatically goes on mute to refrain from causing distraction.
In a nutshell, this feature helps users maximize the screen real estate by having two devices to run the same meeting.
Meeting hosts can pin attendees on Surface Hub
The pin feature will allow meeting hosts to pin the number of attendees on Surface Hub. Similar to PC, Surface users can pin a Teams participant’s video to the gallery view. According to Microsoft, this feature will begin rolling out later this month.
Among other experiences is proximity-based meeting join on Surface Hub, Live caption on collaboration bars, raise hand support, among other features.
In related news, Microsoft has announced the general availability of a new feature called Eye Contact in Surface Pro X. This feature helps users adjust their gaze on video calls and recording.