Microsoft is enabling the new Teams experience for some users and rolling out new virtual collaboration features for desktop users. Earlier this month, Microsoft Teams announced some new features like Together Mode, Dynamic View, Video Filters, among other things.
New Microsoft Teams meeting experience
Microsoft wants Teams users to enable what it describes as the new experience that apparently delivers at least some of the upcoming Microsoft Teams features.
Microsoft has put up a new blog post explaining a general step-by-step procedure on how to turn on the new Teams experience:
“We’re gradually rolling the features out. Once you’ve got the build that has the new experience (Teams desktop app only), you’ll have the option to turn it on,” Microsoft said in its blog post. “We’re pleased to share that we’re making several of these features available to most users of Teams over the next few days.”
How to enable new Teams meeting experience
- Open the Microsoft Teams desktop app.
- Click on your profile picture at the top of the Teams desktop app.
- Navigate to Settings > General.
- Now, select Turn on new meeting experience.
- Restart the Teams desktop app for new features to reflect.
Microsoft is providing Teams users with reminder notifications to turn on the new Teams experience. All you need to select the dialog box option ‘Turn on now.’
Once you enable new Teams meeting experience, calls and meetings will open in a separate window. However, Teams has so much more to offer. Following the update, you will notice meeting controls are located at the top of the meeting screen. Then comes the Large gallery view that allows users to see up to 49 video streams simultaneously.
The update also brings Together mode
Together Mode in Microsoft Teams is supposed to address the sense of disconnect among co-workers. Together Mode creates a new meeting experience using shared background, courtesy of Microsoft’s AI segmentation technology.
In related news, the mobile preview of Microsoft Teams for personal life is available for iOS and Android users. A few weeks ago, Microsoft Teams announced its expansion plans to make remote communication and video-calling features available to friends and family members for their personal use.