MS Teams Tracker: May 2024

MS Team Tracker May 2024

Welcome, readers, to this May 2024 Microsoft Teams Tracker article, where each month, I round up some of the latest and greatest updates to the application. Whether you’re an MS Teams user or you integrate tech that works with Teams, this will be a perfect monthly article for you to find all the information you might need. I will simply highlight a few of what I consider to be the most important to our industry. However, if you’d like a full, comprehensive list of these, scroll down and flip through the deck below. All updates from last month are listed there.

Without further ado, here are the notable Microsoft Teams updates for May 2024.

Microsoft Teams has some newly certified devices! When a device becomes Microsoft-Teams-certified, this means that it meets a certain performance and quality standard, allowing that device to work with Microsoft Teams without a bunch of extra work or hullabaloo (or extra configuration if we’re being technical).

These are the newly certified devices as of the end of May 2024:

As for some other big updates for May, Microsoft Teams now allows for spontaneous ad hoc Teams calls that you can start directly from a group chat. This functionality is expected to be available this month. Some new features for Microsoft Teams Premium users include an “intelligent recap” option for transcription-only meetings and intelligent recap support for scheduled channel meetings. Teams also supports some new languages in the intelligent meeting recap.

Within Premium, users can now control who can record and transcribe meetings, a good feature for those meetings during which privacy is paramount. You can also now set content-sharing permissions (IT admins have to do this for external meetings) for screen-sharing and whiteboarding during meetings.

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As for Microsoft Copilot (Microsoft’s AI companion that aims to help users work more efficiently and creatively), there is also some new functionality. Within Teams mobile, users can now access Copilot during and after meetings. You can now also access meeting recaps within the mobile experience as well.

Perhaps my favorite update for this month is the ability for presenters to interact with background content when collaborative annotation is turned on. What does this mean? Presenters can navigate the shared content during annotations without stopping the session. Participants can continue annotating while the presenter interacts.

Finally, Microsoft will not end “Teams Live Events” in September 2024 as the company previously announced. While the company will roll out new updates and features to “Town Hall,” the idea is to give current “Live Events” users more time to change over to the new program and experience.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of May’s updates. For the full list, check out the slide deck below.