May 2021 Newsletter – Week 4

May 2021 Newsletter – Week 4

This new Planner feature allows users to quickly add attachments to their tasks from an intelligently curated list of relevant files. The recommendations are based on the task and the user.

Creators can now build custom Together Mode scenes using our newly built Scene Studio – a web application in the new Microsoft Teams Developer Center – to bring new and exciting Together mode scenes to users.

Over the last year, we have found new ways to create engaging virtual experiences at work. We’ve transformed spaces in our homes to offices, developed new skillsets for remote collaboration, and in some cases, adopted new technology to get work done…

This new Teams release will expand support and allow calling participants to transfer an ongoing VoIP, PSTN or Group call between Teams devices. Users will be able to transfer a call from one device to another or even add a second device to the same call.

Having received customer feedback about not knowing how many members actually receive Yammer community announcements, we’re excited that this new Essential Announcements feature will allow Yammer community admins to achieve a guaranteed distribution of important community announcements via email for all community members. This will rollout to Yammer web and desktop.

In the SharePoint admin center, the Active sites page will provide new information:

  • The “Created from” column will show the apps that were used to create sites.
  • The “Teams” column will show which sites are connected to Microsoft Teams.

This new release will allow users to use a virtual laser pointer and make ink annotations when presenting through PowerPoint Live in Teams. Just as a presenter would use a physical laser pointer in a room, PowerPoint Live allows users to highlight by pointing at different places or data so the audience can easily follow along. This is rolling out on Microsoft Teams desktop, web and Mac.

We will be retiring the File Share Embed dialog from Office for the Web (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Visio) beginning July 1st 2021. Instead we recommend the utilization of SharePoint File Viewer Web Part or existing Graph APIs (e.g. PreviewItem,) which is where we will continue to invest our development resources.

This release of on-demand channels post translation will allow users to translate channel posts that are in another language, into the language of their choice. This is rolling out on the Teams iOS and Android from the latest store builds.

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