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Microsoft 365 Apps Say Farewell to Internet Explorer 11 and Windows 10 Sunsets Microsoft Edge Legacy

August 17, 2020 - Today, we’re announcing that Microsoft 365 apps and services will no longer support Internet Explorer 11 (IE 11) by this time next year.

  • Beginning November 30, 2020, the Microsoft Teams web app will no longer support IE 11.
  • Beginning August 17, 2021, the remaining Microsoft 365 apps and services will no longer support IE 11.

This means that after the above dates, customers will have a degraded experience or will be unable to connect to Microsoft 365 apps and services on IE 11. For degraded experiences, new Microsoft 365 features will not be available or certain features may cease to work when accessing the app or service via IE 11. While we know this change will be difficult for some customers, we believe that customers will get the most out of Microsoft 365 when using the new Microsoft Edge. We are committed to helping make this transition as smooth as possible.

Customers have been using IE 11 since 2013 when the online environment was much less sophisticated than the landscape today. Since then, open web standards and newer browsers—like the new Microsoft Edge—have enabled better, more innovative online experiences. We believe that Microsoft 365 subscribers, in both consumer and commercial contexts, will be well served with this change through faster and more responsive web access to greater sets of features in everyday toolsets like Outlook, Teams, SharePoint, and more.

Respecting investments in IE 11 web apps

We understand the need to “do more with less” in the new business environment. By the dates listed above, customers should no longer access Microsoft 365 apps and services using IE 11, but we want to be clear that IE 11 isn’t going away and that our customers’ own legacy IE 11 apps and investments will continue to work. Customers have made business-critical investments in IE 11 legacy apps and we respect that those apps are still functioning.

In this moment of bridging between modern and legacy apps, many customers may feel there is no choice but to rely on a two-browser workaround of using IE 11 alongside a modern browser. However, with the new Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer mode, customers don’t need an awkward workaround of one browser for some apps and another for other apps. They can standardize on one browser and seamlessly experience the best of the modern web in one tab while accessing a business-critical legacy IE 11 app in another tab – all housed within the new Microsoft Edge.

With native integration in Microsoft management, security, and productivity tools, we recommend the new Microsoft Edge to address our customers’ compatibility and secure remote work needs. Microsoft Edge has SmartScreen built-in and has the highest-rated phishing and malware protection as measured by two independent studies. We will also support our customers’ transition to the new Microsoft Edge with app and site compatibility assistance. As part of the App Assure promise, we have Microsoft engineers ready to help customers in case they run into compatibility issues. For more information, see the ‘Help is available’ section below.

Note: Using Internet Explorer mode in the new Microsoft Edge will not help to extend IE 11 access to Microsoft 365 apps and services beyond the dates listed above. Microsoft 365 apps and services will stop supporting IE 11 on the dates listed.

Microsoft Edge Legacy makes way for the new Microsoft Edge

Nearly two years ago, we started working on the new Microsoft Edge, listening to our customers’ needs for world-class compatibility (including legacy app support), security, privacy, easy and unified manageability, and productivity. The result is a whole new Microsoft Edge from the inside out: a browser built on the Chromium open source engine with the latest in Microsoft enterprise capabilities. Since its release in January, millions of users have upgraded their home and work browsers to the new Microsoft Edge. Additionally, new devices and future Windows feature updates (starting with Windows 10, version 20H2) will contain the new Microsoft Edge.

Now that we’ve shipped the new Microsoft Edge, and upgraded most of our Windows 10 customers to the new browser, we’re ending support for the Microsoft Edge Legacy desktop app on March 9, 2021.

  • After March 9, 2021, the Microsoft Edge Legacy desktop app will not receive new security updates.

The new Microsoft Edge is our best expression of a modern browser—we’re excited for customers to experience it. Apps and sites created for Microsoft Edge Legacy will continue to work in the new Microsoft Edge, but if a compatibility issue does arise, we have our App Assure promise to provide support. For more information, see the section below.

Help is available

For customers using IE 11 to access Microsoft 365 apps and services, or using Microsoft Edge Legacy as their preferred browser, we recommend the new Microsoft Edge and offer a range of support options to help transition.

To begin, we recommend that customers first read this detailed article about how to plan for deployment. The article guides customers through key questions and offers a path forward for major steps in the transition to the new Microsoft Edge.

Next, customers should determine what type of support they are looking for, if any.

Customers with Microsoft Unified Support can reach out to that support service for help transitioning to the new Microsoft Edge.

For customers who would like guidance on how to plan, deploy, or adopt the new Microsoft Edge, there’s FastTrack. FastTrack is available at no additional charge to customers with 150 or more paid seats of Windows 10 Enterprise. To get started, submit a Request for Assistance through the FastTrack site.

And for those customers who prefer to get started on their own, we have self-guided deployment and configuration materials, complete with a series from Microsoft Mechanics, ready on our Docs site.

Finally, it is natural for customers to be concerned about compatibility when it comes to business-critical apps and sites. This is why we offer compatibility “peace of mind” with App Assure. The App Assure promise is this: if customers’ web apps and sites work on IE 11, supported versions of Google Chrome, or any version of Microsoft Edge (including Microsoft Edge Legacy), those web apps and sites should work on the new Microsoft Edge. If not, they can contact App Assure for remediation support here or by email (ACHELP@microsoft.com). Assistance is provided in Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese (support specialists speak Mandarin only), English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese (Brazil), and Spanish.

Higher performance, simpler security on a single browser standard

At a time when IT professionals are being asked to do more with less on an unprecedented level, we want to make it simple for our customers to balance productivity, security, privacy, and cost.

To learn more about the new Microsoft Edge, customers can check out our website and the How to Get Started End User Guide.

We’re grateful for the trust you have placed in Microsoft through the years. We’re here to help and can’t wait for you to experience Microsoft 365 on the new Microsoft Edge.


Teams Message Translation Will Be Enabled by Default

July 16, 2020 - We're changing the default tenant policy setting for Teams inline message translation. The rollout will start in early August and be completed mid-August.

If you have not previously customized the messaging policy for your tenant or assigned your users a custom messaging policy, message translation will be enabled by default.

Users in tenants where message translation is enabled will be able to translate chat or channel messages by clicking "Translate" from the message actions menu. Currently, message translation is available for Teams desktop client and the Teams web app. It recently rolled out for the Teams iOS app in May 2020.

Please click How to translate a message in Teams to learn more.


New File Sharing Experience in Teams

July 16, 2020 - With this feature, users will have a file sharing and access control experience in Teams that is similar to their experience with other Microsoft 365 apps. The rollout will start in mid-August and be completed mid-September.

With this update, when users share a file from within Teams, they will have the option to create sharing links that provide access to

  • anyone,
  • people within your organization,
  • people with existing access or
  • specific people, including those in a 1:1 chat, group chat, or channels.

Before users share a file in a chat and channels, they will be notified if recipients don't have permission to view the file. The user can change permissions before they share the file (if they have permission to do so).

Teams honors the sharing controls defined in SharePoint. For example, if external sharing is disabled in SharePoint, then it is disabled in Teams as well. The default file link permission in Teams will be the same that is set at Tenant level, unless it is over ridden at site level.


Updated Meeting Join Experience For Users Who Don't Have a Meeting Creation Policy Assigned

July 15, 2020 - We originally communicated about an Updated Meeting join experience for users who don't have a meeting creation policy assigned in April '20. This feature was rolled out but due to an issue was rolled back. We are now ready to move forward with rolling this out. This will begin early August and expect to be complete by mid-August.

After the change is implemented:

  • When users who don't have a meeting creation policy assigned, tries to join a meeting, they will see a screen indicating to try again when meeting organizer has started the meeting.
  • Users who have both meeting creation and meeting chat policies set as disabled can only chat when the meeting has started. These users cannot send message pre/post meeting, but they can receive messages sent by organizer.

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Cortana Voice Assistance in Teams mobile

July 9, 2020 - We are pleased to offer Cortana voice assistance in the Teams iOS and Android mobile app, which allows users to perform communication, collaboration, and meeting-related tasks by speaking natural language. At the time of this release, the feature will be be enabled only for users in the U.S. Expansion to additional languages and regions will happen as part of future releases. The rollout will start in mid-August and be completed by the first of September.

Users can speak to Cortana by clicking on the microphone button located in the upper right of the Teams mobile app. They can connect with someone while on the go by making a voice query such as “call Megan” or “send a message to my next meeting.” Users can also join meetings by saying “join my next meeting.” Users can also share files and check their calendar.

Example of Cortana flow

Cortana in Teams meets Office 365 enterprise-level privacy, security, and compliance promises as reflected in the Online Services Terms (OST). The feature will be enabled by default. The policy to turn this feature off will be available at the end of July.

Please click Cortana in Microsoft 365 to learn more.


Updated New Teams Meeting Setting - Require Meeting Participants to Use The Lobby

June 11, 2020 - To ensure the best possible experience for our users, we are delaying some of our deployments to reduce the amount of change flowing into the services. Please see the updated roll-out timeline below

We are providing Teams meeting organizers greater control over their meetings by making it possible to require all participants to wait in the lobby. We will roll-out this feature in early-June.

After scheduling a new meeting, the organizer will be able to configure meeting options so that only the organizer can bypass the lobby.

After changing the meeting option to Only me, the meeting organizer can manage who is allowed into the meeting.


Microsoft Teams has a New Information Pane and Pinned Posts

June 4, 2020 - We are pleased to introduce two features that should make it easier for your users to find new and relevant information in a channel. Rollout will begin the beginning of July and be complete in mid-July.

1. Information pane

Selecting the "Channel info" icon in the channel header will open a new Information pane that displays a channel summary. The summary includes the channel description as well as a list of recent contributors and members.

This is also the new home for system messages. Information about team members can be found here or in the Member List.



2. Pinned posts

Any member of a channel will be able to "pin" any channel message to the channel Information pane for all members of the channel to see, unless this feature is disabled in channel moderation settings.


New Feature: Suggested Replies in Teams Mobile

June 3, 2020 - Suggested replies presents users with an option of three responses to choose from for selected messages and will soon be available for your users in Teams for iOS and Android. We will begin rolling this feature out in early July; the rollout will be complete in mid-July.

When suggested replies are available, your users will be able to quickly reply to a given message by tapping on a suggested reply.


Users will also have a setting within the app so they can disable the feature.


Updated Feature Update: Teams Meeting Call and Meeting Chat Size to Increase to 300

June 2, 2020 - Based on customer feedback we are making some changes to this feature roll-out. We’re increasing the new maximum number of participants for Teams meeting and chats from 250 to 300. We will begin rolling this out in early June. The rollout will be complete by the end of June.

Team meetings, including chats, will soon accommodate up to 300 people. For inquiries regarding greater capacities, please contact your Microsoft account manager.


(Updated) Contextual Search (Ctrl F) is Coming to Teams

May 20, 2020 - We are pleased to announce that we have completed the roll-out for all tenants. Teams users will soon be able to search within a specific chat or channel in both the desktop and web Teams clients.

We will begin rolling this out in late June, and the rollout will be complete in mid-July.

Currently, Teams users are unable to search within a particular chat or channel. With this new Contextual search experience, users will be able to search within a specific chat or a channel by pressing Ctrl+F (Windows) or Cmd+F (Mac).

Once initiated, the search query and results will be limited to the focused chat or channel.


Updated Feature: Group Chat with Up to 250 People

May 1, 2020 - We’re increasing the maximum chat size from 100 to 250 in response to customer requests.

We will be rolling this out to from early May to mid-May.

Private chats in will be able accommodate up to 250 people. If a user has more than 20 people in a chat, the following chat features are turned off: Outlook automatic replies and Teams status messages; typing indicator; video and audio calling; sharing; and read receipts.


Teams Meeting and Chat Experience Improvements

April 17, 2020 - We are pleased to announce the following updates to improve the Teams meeting and chat experience:

  • Easily access meeting options from within a Teams meeting in progress: We are making it easier for meeting organizers to quickly and easily change their presenter and lobby settings once a Teams meeting starts by providing an easy to access link directly in the participants pane. This new functionality will be present for both scheduled and "Meet Now" meetings.

  • Download a participant report in a Teams meeting: Meeting organizers, especially teachers, often need to know who joined their Teams meetings. Soon you will be able to download a participant report, found in the roster view that includes join and leave times for participants. Available in the roster view, meeting organizers can download the report that includes those users who joined while the organizer was present. This feature is only available with the meeting while the meeting is active. Available on desktop (Windows and Mac) and the web.

    The default for the feature will be DISABLED. The Admin will need to turn this on to be able to utilize this feature.


  • Audio playing on presenter device will be shared in the live event: Today, if you are screen sharing content with audio in a Live Event, attendees won't be able to hear the audio of that content. With Share System Audio in Live Events, your live event attendees will now be able to hear the audio of the content that you are screen sharing. This feature works just like share system audio in Teams Meetings. Once enable, any audio that is playing on the user's machine will be shared in the live event for participants to hear.

    Note: This feature will only be available for Presenters/Producers in a Live Event joining from the Windows Desktop Teams Client with ScreenSharingMode set to "Single application" or "Entire screen".



  • Screen Share from Chat: The option to start a screen share from a 1:1 or group chat will now be governed by the ScreenSharingMode policy. Further, the ability to "add audio" to a screen share from chat session (if you want to talk to someone while screen sharing) will be governed by a user's AllowPrivateCalling setting. This ensures that users who have AllowPrivateCalling disabled cannot start audio calls via screen share from chat.


New Feature: Changes to Video Layout in Teams Meetings

April 13, 2020 - We are pleased to announce that the number of participants that can be viewed simultaneously during a Teams meeting will increase from 4 to 9. Additionally we are working on increasing this limit even further so that more participants can be viewed simultaneously.

We'll begin rolling this out in late April and expect to be complete by early May.

We are increasing the number of participants shown on the stage to 9 and making it video optimized. For more than 9 participants, we will prioritize those with video on and show them on the stage. Participants with audio will be shown below the meeting stage. To provide a high audio and video quality experience, the layout logic will consider user bandwidth and alter the number of videos shown to provide the best meeting experience.


New Feature: Raise a Virtual Hand in Teams Meetings

April 9, 2020 - The new raise hand feature in Teams allows meeting attendees to identify that they wish to speak by toggling the hand icon in the meeting control bar, making it easier to actively participate in meetings. Raise hand will be available initially for PC, Mac, and web-based clients. Support for mobile applications will follow.

We'll be gradually rolling this out in mid-April.

When a meeting participant has raised their hand, an icon will appear next to their name in the roster view as well as their profile picture or video on the main meeting stage. Participants can lower their hand, and any presenter can lower individual hands in the meeting.


Teams Meeting Experience Improvements

April 7, 2020 - We are pleased to announce the following features will be available to improve your Teams Meeting experience rolling out in April:

  • Background effects in Teams meetings
  • New experience for launching instant channel meetings
  • Improved Teams meeting join launcher experience

Background effect in Teams meetings: Users will be able to select Microsoft provided background images prior to or during a video call. We will introduce the ability for users to upload their own custom images in May.


 

New experience for launching instant channel meetings: Users will now see the Meet Now button in the Channel header in the top-right corner.

 

Improved Teams meeting join launcher experience: When launching a Teams meeting from a link, users will be provided with clearer options for how they would like to join the meeting.




Microsoft Teams - Increasing Team Membership Limit To 10K

March 27, 2020 - We will soon be increasing Microsoft Teams team membership limit to 10 thousand members.

We will begin enabling this at the end of April and will be complete at the end of May.
Once available, all new and existing teams can host up to 10 thousand members. Increase in team size will help you utilize teams for scenarios such as company wide, department wide and inter-departmental communications.


New Feature: Multi-Window Chat for Microsoft Teams

March 23, 2020 - Multi-Window Chat is a new Microsoft Teams feature which enables users to multitask more efficiently by popping out their chat conversations into separate windows.

We'll begin roll-out to all customers starting in early April and expect to complete the roll-out by the end of May. The initial roll-out will be for Windows clients only. We will provide support for Mac and Linux clients in the coming weeks.

Once available users will be able to engage in chat sessions in windows outside the Teams client. There are several ways users can pop-out their conversations:

  • Double-click on a conversation in the chat list.
  • Click “Pop out chat” from the context menu for a chat in the chat list.
  • Click the ‘pop out’ button in the top-right corner of the chat header.
  • Use the slash command /pop name.
  • Double-click on an avatar picture
  • Hover over a chat in the chat list and click on the 'pop out' button



Staying Productive While Working Remotely with Microsoft Teams

March 10, 2020 - How do you move tens of thousands of employees to remote work overnight? With the COVID-19 outbreak spreading around the world, that was the big question on our minds at Microsoft last week. Then, last Wednesday, we just did it—sending out an email that asked approximately 50,000 Microsoft employees in the Seattle area to work from home if they could. We were already heavy Teams users, but in our first fully remote days usage among Microsoft employees in the U.S. went up significantly. By the end of the day Thursday, chat was up 50 percent week over week and meetings were up 37 percent. And we’re seeing usage upticks among customers, too, as workers everywhere adjust to meeting, chatting, and collaborating exclusively online. We want to help everyone meet this challenge. As the team behind Teams, we have spent a lot of time learning about the best ways to make working from home productive and healthy. So I thought I’d share our top tips below.

A quick note before you read on: These tips are part of our ongoing effort to help everyone stay connected and productive during this challenging time. Last week, I shared how individuals and organizations can get Teams for free, along with our comprehensive plan for keeping services running smoothly through this crisis. We’ve also shared incredible stories from customers and employees around the world, including teachers and students in Hong Kong using technology for amazing e-learning innovations and customers in and around China who’ve found smart ways to keep work moving as well. But our customers are also asking for guidance on switching to remote work. We’ll continue to provide tips, information, and inspiring customer stories throughout the outbreak, so check back here for those in the days to come.

Getting started

As you move to remote work, a few key habits will set you up for success.

Set up your workspace

If you don’t have a home office, don’t worry. You can still work from home productively. In fact, we designed Teams as a virtual office you can take anywhere you go. While you may not have a printer, physical files, or a desk phone at home, you can pull up documents directly in Teams, securely store files where the right people can access them, and quickly jump into calls and meetings. That said, it’s important to have a dedicated home workspace where you can be productive and signal that you’re in do-not-disturb mode. A breakfast nook, a quiet corner of the bedroom, an underused game table in the rec room—any focus-friendly area can double as a workspace. And don’t worry if it gets a little messy throughout the day, you can always use background blur during video meetings so your teammates focus only on you.

Communicate, communicate, communicate

While many of us work from home at least part of the time, we still rely on rhythms and core hours that are built around our physical presence at the office.  When working from home, your daily rhythm may change. This is especially true for those of us balancing work and childcare. Clearly communicate your working hours with your teammates and collaborators so that they know when to reach you. You can also set a status message in Teams to share this information proactively.

Also, make it a habit to offer frequent progress reports to your teammates. Fully remote companies tend to emphasize documentation, since it’s a key way to stay connected when you work apart. We recommend posting updates, insights, and helpful resources you’ve discovered in Teams channels, so your teammates can stay connected with what you’re up to even without the benefit of a chance hallway conversation. Later, they can search within the channel for ideas or content when they need them.

Maintain healthy boundaries 

Without the usual workday signals—a walk to grab lunch, for instance, or a commute—unplugging can be a challenge. Remote workers sometimes find themselves working for long stretches without breaks for exercise, socializing, or a proper meal. This will quickly lead to stress and burnout. Remember: your health comes first. Make time for meals, drink plenty of water, and remind yourself to mentally “clock out” from remote work at the end of the day. These behaviors won’t just keep you healthy, they will also help you be more productive in the long run.

Running effective meetings

Embrace online meetings

In the absence of a physical conference room, bringing everyone together can feel like the biggest remote-work challenge of all. As you move meetings to Teams, make sure all meetings have a virtual “join” option to create an online conference room. Also, we suggest that all participants turn on video if they are comfortable doing so. The face-to-face interaction goes a long way to help everyone feel connected. Teams has a wide selection of certified cameras to choose from, as well as devices like headsets and speakerphones to make sure you and your coworkers can always communicate clearly.

Be mindful and inclusive

Moving to online meetings may remove some of the visual cues we rely on to see if a colleague has something to say in a meeting. And overcrowded conference calls can make it difficult for people to share their opinions. Meeting organizer should pause frequently to invite questions and remind attendees that they can also use the meeting chat window to share their thoughts.

Record your meetings

To compensate for lack of face time, some remote workers schedule extra meetings in order to stay connected with customers, partners, and coworkers. Double-bookings can be hard to avoid. If your organization allows it, record meetings in Teams so coworkers can catch up later. If you can’t attend yourself, remind the organizer to record in your absence. The automatically generated transcript is also super-useful when you’re trying to remember information covered in a meeting you attended. Want to learn more about Teams Meetings? Learn more tips here.

Staying connected

Make up for missing hallway talk

A lot of remote workers find the thing they miss the most about the office is casual conversations. Chats at the watercooler or snack shelf not only keep us connected, they often surface important information or insights we wouldn’t have guessed. Be deliberate about reaching out and connecting with your co-workers. Think of chat messages as your virtual watercooler and set yourself a reminder to check in with people regularly. Emojis, GIFs, and stickers are a fun way to keep the chatter fun and light.

Bring the team together

Working remotely can feel isolating. As a leader, it’s important to create opportunities for the whole team to get together virtually. Maintain your regular team meeting cadence or team lunches, just make them online. Use the “General” channel in Teams for discussions that might be of interest to everyone. For large brainstorms you can use the Microsoft Whiteboard app, which provides an infinite digital canvas for meeting participants to ideate and collaborate directly in Teams. We also suggest team leaders download the Crisis Communication Power App. You can use this customizable app to inform yourself and your team on everything they need to know throughout this outbreak.

Have fun!

With all the changes that come with moving to remote work, it’s important to foster and maintain team morale. There are many things you can do within Teams to keep people feeling positive and engaged. Share news and stories in your team chat, or hold a photo contest. One of our education customers in China hosted a cooking challenge for students that proved particularly popular.

I understand that every individual and team works differently. But I hope the tips from our team helps you stay productive and connected as you adjust to a new way of working. And remember, you can start using Teams today by signing in or signing up for free.

Be remote-work ready! Download our remote work checklist and share with your teammates.

Remote work checklist:

  • Set up your workspace
  • Communicate often
  • Maintain healthy boundaries
  • Embrace online meetings
  • Be mindful and inclusive
  • Record your meetings
  • Make up for missing hallway talk
  • Bring the team together
  • Have fun!

New Feature: Teams-Outlook Email Integrations

March 2, 2020 - Teams-Outlook Email Integrations is a set of three new features designed to help you share information between Microsoft Teams and Outlook:

  • Share email to Teams
    • Share a copy of an email and any attachments from Outlook to a channel or chat in Teams.
  • Share conversation via email
    • Share a copy of a Teams channel or chat conversation via email directly from the Teams client.
  • Reply to Teams missed activity emails
    • Ability to respond to Teams missed activity emails directly within Outlook clients, as well as see the latest missed messages.

Rolling out starting in mid-January and complete roll out by mid-April.

These integrations enable users to seamlessly get information and move conversations to where they belong. Whether a customer request begins through email and needs to move to a project team in Teams, or a big announcement in a channel needs to be shared with a broader audience via email, you now have the tools to easily make it happen.

Teams missed activity emails now show the latest missed messages and provide the ability to respond directly from within Outlook, letting you respond to conversations that need your attention faster, even when focusing on your inbox.

More Details:

  • Share to Teams is an Outlook add-in.
  • Share to Teams does not allow sharing IRM/DRM protected emails.
  • All content is fully e-discoverable and GDPR compliant.
  • Reply to missed activity emails uses Outlook Actionable Messages.

Please click additional iInformation to learn more.


New Feature: SharePoint Pages and Lists Tabs allow users to paste URL to tab SharePoint content in Teams Channels

February 27, 2020 - You will soon see a new SharePoint Pages app and an improved SharePoint app, which will allow them to tab pages and lists to Teams channels by pasting a link.

  • We'll be gradually rolling this out in early March 2020.
  • The rollout will be completed by early April.

Using the original SharePoint app, you can now create a tab in their Teams channels that references a page or list from any SharePoint Team site.

In addition, you can use the SharePoint Pages app to easily find pages and news posts. You can also use this app to tab pages or news posts from any SharePoint Team site.

This feature has no impact on page or list permissions. Users who did not have access to a page before it was added as a tab will continue to be unable to access the page in Teams.

Learn more:


Teams Twitter Connector Has Been Retired

Feb 26, 2020 - Effective February 21, 2020, the Twitter connector from Teams was retired and channels that have previously installed this connector are no longer able to receive tweets.

We recommend using Microsoft Power Automate to integrate Twitter with Microsoft Teams.


Updated Feature: Teams Channel Cross posting

Feb 12, 2020 - When using the Teams desktop app or Teams on the web, your users will see an option to edit a message and change how it has been cross-posted.

  • Edit content: edit the message content and that change will cascade to all selected teams and channels.
  • Add a new channel: a user can add new channels for an existing channel message, including those messages that were not cross-posted initially.
  • Remove a channel (recall): a user can also remove the message from a channel that she had initially selected.


Feature Update: Tasks Powered by To-Do Generally Available

Feb 13, 2020 - As of July 2019, the new Outlook on the web is generally available. As we continue to evolve the experience we are announcing that the new Tasks experience powered by To Do is generally available. As part of this change we will be retiring the opt-in toggle for classic Tasks.

When this change is implemented, users will no longer be able to see the classic Tasks experience in Outlook on the web. The new Tasks experience is powered by To Do, so users will see all their tasks as well as lists of tasks they have created, any flagged emails, and tasks and lists they have created in the To Do app.

Please click additional information to learn more.


New Feature: Enhanced Scheduling Experience in Teams

Jan 14, 2020 - We are replacing the existing scheduling form with a new form that retains all existing scheduling functionality. The new form provides an improved view of available time; allows changing event information from the scheduling assistant tab; and includes an option for required and optional attendees. The new form also includes search within the location picker.

Additional features for organizers include:

  • All day events: a new toggle converts meetings to an all-day event.
  • Availability status: both people and location search provide a visual clue (red) to indicate non-availability.
  • Cancellation with message: provides a message when cancelling an event if desired.
  • Tabs in edit/view mode: tabs provide easy access to chats, meeting notes, files, scheduling assistant, and white board.
  • Time zone picker: meeting schedulers can select the time zone they wish to use for the meeting; by default the form selects the system time zone.
  • Those invited to a meeting may choose whether to RSVP and, if so, to add a message to an RSVP if desired.

Please click additional information to learn more.


Updated Feature: New Location of New Chat button

January 8, 2020 - We’re changing the location of the New Chat button, and moving the Contacts and Recent view options to a drop down in the Chat list header, as opposed to standalone tabs.

Rolling into general availability mid-January (previously November), and the roll out will be completed by mid-February (previously mid-December).

The New Chat button will now be located at the top of the chats list. This means that you'll only be able to access it from the Chat app, as opposed to any app (e.g. Teams, Calendar, etc). The shortcut Ctrl + N (CMD + N for Mac) will continue to work the same way as before.

The options to toggle between Recent view and Contacts view in the Chat app will now be located in a drop down on the title/header of the chat list.

Current experience:

New experience:


New Feature: Teams-Outlook Email Integrations

Dec 13, 2019 - Teams-Outlook Email Integrations is a set of three new features designed to help you share information between Microsoft Teams and Outlook:

  • Share email to Teams
  • Share a copy of an email and any attachments from Outlook to a channel or chat in Teams.
  • Share conversation via email
  • Share a copy of a Teams channel or chat conversation via email directly from the Teams client.
  • Reply to Teams missed activity emails
  • Ability to respond to Teams missed activity emails directly within Outlook clients, as well as see the latest missed messages.

Rolling out starting in mid-January and complete roll out by early February.

These integrations enable users to seamlessly get information and move conversations to where they belong. Whether a customer request begins through email and needs to move to a project team in Teams, or a big announcement in a channel needs to be shared with a broader audience via email, you now have the tools to easily make it happen.

Teams missed activity emails now show the latest missed messages and provide the ability to respond directly from within Outlook, letting you respond to conversations that need your attention faster, even when focusing on your inbox.

More Details

  • Share to Teams is an Outlook add-in.
  • Share to Teams does not allow sharing IRM/DRM protected emails.
  • All content is fully e-discoverable and GDPR compliant.
  • Reply to missed activity emails uses Outlook Actionable Messages.

Please click additional information to learn more.


New Feature: Add Participants to Teams Meeting Chat

Dec 5, 2019 - Soon users who are already part of a private meeting chat will be able to add users to the chat. We'll be rolling this out in mid-December.

Currently, users cannot easily add participants to a private meeting chat thread.

This feature adds an option, Add participants, to the meeting chat header. Users who are already part of the chat thread will be able to add more users using this feature. The process works like it does in group chat.

Users added to via chat will be able to join the meeting. After selecting the Join button in the meeting chat header, these users will be able to send/view messages as well as view recordings and other meeting artifacts.


New Feature: Meeting chat notifications

Dec 3, 2019 - We are enabling meeting chat notifications for Teams. We'll be gradually rolling this out in early December 2019. The rollout will be completed by mid-December.

By default, meeting chats will be muted until a user either sends a message in the chat or joins the online meeting.

  • Users who have joined a meeting, whether or not they have sent a message in the meeting chat, will receive notifications of chat messages for that meeting unless they have modified their settings.
  • Users who send a message in a meeting chat will receive notifications for chat messages for that meeting unless they have modified their settings.

Users can change the default setting:

  • In the web browser or desktop client, users should tap their profile picture at the top right of the app, select Settings > Notifications.
  • In the mobile client, users should access the "Hamburger" menu and choose Settings > Notifications.
  • Then navigate to the meetings section and open the menu for Meeting chat notifications.


New Feature: Microsoft Teams for Linux

November 19, 2019 - We'll soon be launching Microsoft Teams for Linux (preview). The client download will be available in mid-December 2019.

The Teams client for Linux will facilitate collaboration by extending capabilities like chats, meetings, and calling to people who are operating in a Linux environment. The Teams client for Linux will also allow users to open and edit Office files in the Teams app.

Users will be able to install native Linux packages in .deb and .rpm formats.


Updated Feature: New Location of New Chat Button

November 18, 2019 - We’re changing the location of the New Chat button, and moving the Contacts and Recent view options to a drop down in the Chat list header, as opposed to standalone tabs. This will roll out late November and will be completed mid-December.

The New Chat button will now be located at the top of the chats list. This means that you'll only be able to access it from the Chat app, as opposed to any app (e.g. Teams, Calendar, etc). The shortcut Ctrl + N (CMD + N for Mac) will continue to work the same way as before.

The options to toggle between Recent view and Contacts view in the Chat app will now be located in a drop down on the title/header of the chat list.

Current experience:

New experience:


New Feature: Welcome a New Colleague into Teams

November 7, 2019 - We are introducing ‘Colleague joined Teams’ notifications in Microsoft Teams. We'll be gradually rolling this out to customers early December. The roll out is expected to be completed mid-January.

The Activity feed is the location to notify users or activity they may be interested in such as @mentions, likes and reactions, and activities within groups or channels. We are expanding this to include a notification for new colleagues joining Teams for the first time.

Users can manage their notifications by going to Settings > Notifications:


New Feature: Presenter and Attendee Roles in Microsoft Teams Meetings

November 1, 2019 - Microsoft Teams is introducing presenter and attendee roles in meetings. We'll be gradually rolling this out mid-November 2019. The rollout will be complete by the end of November.

Meeting organizers will now have an option to define presenter and attendee roles for meeting participants. Presenters will have full permissions in the meeting, whereas attendees cannot share content, take control, mute or remove other participants, admit people waiting in the lobby, or start/stop recording.

Before or during the meeting, organizers can specify who is an attendee or a presenter through the meeting options panel. The available choices are as follows:

  • Everyone (default; everyone joins as a presenter and has full permissions)
  • People in my organization (federated and anonymous users join as attendees)
  • Specific people (allows the organizer to set specific people from their organization as presenters)
  • Only me (everybody apart from the organizer joins as an attendee)

To access the Meeting options panel:

  1. In Teams, go to Calendar, select a meeting, and then select Meeting options.
  2. In a meeting invitation, select Meeting options.
  3. The organizer and presenters will also be able to change the role of any individual participant (“Make an attendee” or “Make a presenter") during the meeting.

New Feature: Channel Cross-posting in Teams

October 25, 2019 - We are pleased to announce that Teams channel cross-posting is now launching. Teams channel cross-posting is a new capability that enables channel conversation authors to select more than one team/one channel to publish the conversation.

Learn more: Cross-post a channel conversation in Teams


New Feature: Live Captions in English-US Available in Teams Meetings

October 5, 2019 - We are launching live captions for Teams meetings. This feature improves the accessibility of Microsoft products.

Live captions give participants another way to follow a conversation. They can make your meeting more inclusive to participants who are deaf or hard of hearing, participants with different levels of language proficiency, and participants in loud places.

This default policy ensures only that live captions feature will be available to end users in the … menu. Live captions will not turn on automatically for end users. Attendees will need to select “Turn on live captions(preview)” from the … menu to enable live captions on for their meeting.


Updated Feature: Updating Default Setting for Live Captions and Subtitles in Live Events Policy

October 1, 2019 - We’re updating the default setting for live captions and subtitles in the live events policy. This feature improves accessibility of Microsoft products by enabling closed captions for live events attendees by default.

By turning the default setting on for live captions and subtitles (AllowBroadcastTranscription) in the live events policy:

  • Captions and subtitles will be enabled for the event organizer in their scheduling options. Event organizers can disable this feature for their attendees.

  • Attendees of live events will see a CC button which empowers them to turn on captions and subtitles for themselves. Captions and subtitles will not appear on the screen by default.

To learn more, visit Use live captions in a live event


New Feature: Delegates Can Change Delegators' Settings

September 27, 2019 - Shared line appearance is part of the delegation feature that lets a user choose a delegate to answer or handle calls on their behalf. In the context of shared line appearance, a manager is someone who authorizes a delegate to make or receive calls on their behalf, and a delegate can make and receive calls on behalf of someone else.

When a manager has set up manager/delegate relationships in Teams, she can grant any delegate the ability to change call settings and add/remove other delegates via "Change call and delegate settings" in the Teams desktop client settings.

For information about delegation, see Shared line appearance in Microsoft teams.

For end-user information about how to use the feature, see Share a phone line with a delegate.


New Feature: Pinned Channels in Teams

September 17, 2019 - With this feature, users will be able to pin the channels that are important to them at the top of their sidebar. Once a channel is pinned, its placed in a new category 'Pinned' at the top of their teams and channel list.


New Feature: Teams Secondary Ringer

September 4, 2019 - On your Teams Device settings page, you will be able to choose a secondary ringer from the drop-down of connected devices. This will allow you to hear your incoming Teams call ringer from more than one device, even when a headset is plugged in.

We'll be gradually rolling this out to desktop Windows and Mac customers beginning in mid-September. The roll out will be completed worldwide by mid-October.

Please click additional information to learn more.


New Feature: Teams Meeting Recording Tab in Microsoft Stream

September 3, 2019 - We are adding a new tab for Teams Meetings to the Microsoft Stream navigation to help users more easily locate their Teams meeting recordings.

To find the new tab in Stream, navigate to 'My Content' and select the 'Meetings' option to access recorded Teams meetings.

This feature is available to all Office 365 and Microsoft 365 plans that include both Stream and Teams.

We began rolling this out the end of August 2019. The roll out will be completed by the end of September.

Please click additional information to learn more.


New Feature: Microsoft Teams - Meet Now

August 30, 2019 - Microsoft Teams users will be able to start an ad hoc private meeting from the Calendar tab in the desktop and browser Teams clients. The feature is not currently available in the mobile client. With this feature, users can initiate a Teams meeting without going through the scheduling process.

The feature is enabled by default.



Once a user clicks on “Meet Now,” Teams will launch a new meeting where the user can add/drag in attendees. Attendees can be inside or outside the organization.

We will begin rolling out this feature in mid-September. The rollout will be complete by the end of November.


Updated - New Feature: Teams Meeting Recording Tab in Microsoft Stream

August 30, 2019 - We are adding a new tab for Teams Meetings to the Microsoft Stream navigation to help users more easily locate their Teams meeting recordings.

To find the new tab in Stream, navigate to 'My Content' and select the 'Meetings' option to access recorded Teams meetings.



We began rolling this out the end of August 2019. The roll out will be completed by the end of September.

Please click additional information to learn more.


New Feature: Join Teams via a Code or Link

August 8, 2019 - Join teams via a code or link is a new Office 365 feature. We'll begin rolling this feature out soon.

This feature provides two independent methods for tenant users to join a team. Guests cannot join via a link or a code.

Join via link:

Join via code:

  • Team owners can generate a unique code to enable tenant users to join their team. 
  • Owners can share the code as many times as they want.
  • Any user who has the code (not a guest) will be able to join the team, regardless of how they came into its possession.
  • Team owners can revoke the code at any time.

We'll be gradually rolling this out to your entire organization in mid-August. The roll out will be completed worldwide by mid-September.

Please click additional information to learn more.


New Feature: Focus Time status in Teams

August 2, 2019 - When a user schedules Focus Time via MyAnalytics, presence in Teams will be changed to "Focusing" and notifications will be silenced during the focus period based on their priority access settings.


We'll be gradually rolling this out in early September, and the roll out will be completed worldwide by the end of September.


New Feature: Teams - Private Channels

August 2, 2019 - Private channels allow organizations a space for focused, secure collaboration among a subset of a team.

A lock icon indicates a private channel.

Team owners can see all private channels in a team.
Team members can only see those private channels that they have been added to.

We'll be gradually rolling this out in early September 2019. The roll out will be completed by the end of September.

Please click additional information to learn more.


New Feature: Teams Channel Moderation

July 19, 2019 - Team owners can turn on moderation for a channel to control who can start new posts and reply to posts in that channel. Team owners can also add team members as moderators. These channel moderators can also control the settings and give moderator capabilities to other channel members.

We'll be gradually rolling this out in late July, and the roll out will be completed by the end of August.

Please click additional information to learn more.


New Feature: Teams Channel Cross Posting

July 10, 2019 - Channel cross posting is a new capability that enables channel conversation authors to select more than one team/one channel to publish the conversation.

We'll be gradually rolling this out starting mid July, and the roll out will be completed by early August.


Updated Feature: Live Captions & Translation in Teams Live Events (Preview)

June 24, 2019 - We have simplified the Teams user experience with a grid view layout for Teams Education users. Starting in late July users will see the new grid view. Users will have the option to move back to the original view if they prefer.

Please click additional information to learn more.


New Feature: Teams EDU Simplified Grid User Experience

June 24, 2019 - We have simplified the Teams user experience with a grid view layout for Teams Education users. Starting in late July users will see the new grid view. Users will have the option to move back to the original view if they prefer.

Original List View

New Grid View

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New Feature: Document Library Folders in Sites Visibly Connected to Teams Channel

June 14, 2019 - Once available it will be easier to tell which folders within your library have an associated Teams channel. That means the chat capability associated to it is visible and actionable right from within the SharePoint user interface. SharePoint also helps users understand that some actions, like delete or rename of a channel-connected folder, need to happen through the Teams app.


We'll be gradually rolling this out starting in late June and will be completed by the end of August.

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New Feature: Teams Read Receipts

May 24, 2019 - Read receipts will now be a part of 1:1 and group chats. Read receipts in private chats allow senders to know when a message was read by the recipients.

We'll be gradually rolling this out to customers in June, and the roll out will be completed worldwide by early July.

Please click additional information to learn more.


New Feature: Announcements Post Type for Teams

May 16, 2019 - In an expanded compose, you will be able to select "Announcement" as a post type.



From there, you can add a headline to your message with one of our preselected backgrounds or upload your own custom photo.



We'll be gradually rolling this out to customers in early June, and the roll out will be completed worldwide by the end of June.

Please click additional information to learn more.


New Feature: Share System Audio in Teams

May 10, 2019 - For Windows users of Teams, you will now be able to share the audio from any content you share during a screen or application sharing session. If you want to share any content that has audio, your meeting participants will now be able to see and hear the shared content and audio.

We'll be gradually rolling this out to Teams customers in early-June, and we anticipate rollout completion by the end of June.


Quantifying the Value of Collaboration with Microsoft Teams

April 23, 2019 - In today’s global work environment, organizations and their employees must effectively communicate across different locations, time zones, and languages to drive their businesses forward. Microsoft Teams puts everything organizations need—chats, meetings, calling, and Office 365 apps—to make faster, more informed decisions in a single, intelligent hub. With Teams, every type of worker—from the Firstline Worker to the C-suite—is empowered to contribute their voice and take shared accountability for business outcomes.

To quantify the benefits of Teams for organizations and employees, Forrester Consulting conducted a Total Economic Impact™ study of Microsoft Teams, commissioned by Microsoft. Forrester interviewed and surveyed over 260 customers using Teams in a wide range of industries, spanning financial services to education.

All customers cited the following business objectives for implementing Teams:

  • Increase employee productivity.
  • Improve collaboration across the organization.
  • Enable innovation.



The study revealed that by empowering employees with Teams, businesses can reduce the costs of collaboration, accelerate decision-making, and improve the customer and employee experience.

Overall, customers were pleased with Teams and how well it integrates with the rest of Office 365. They cited associated cost savings as a key factor in adopting Teams. For a standard 5,000-user organization, the study reported benefits and costs of roughly $30.3 million and $3.3 million respectively, resulting in an overall net benefit of $27.1 million over three years.

The study uncovered 11 benefits for companies to consider as they evaluate Teams as a primary communication and collaboration tool.

The top four benefits are:

  • Teams reduces the total number of meetings and their duration. Online meetings conducted over Teams are reliable and of very high audio-video quality. As a result, employees spend less time addressing setup and call quality issues, and more time interacting. The total time savings equal $6.9 million.
  • Information workers save four hours per week from improved collaboration and information sharing. With Teams features like coauthoring, integrated file storage, and internal directory, information workers can effectively and efficiently collaborate in real-time. The potential savings equal more than $14.3 million.
  • Information workers save more than one hour per week by not having to switch between applications. Access to third-party and line-of-business apps inside Teams from any device benefits all workers, especially remote workers. This creates better employee cohesion and a common corporate culture across locations. The total savings are nearly $4.8 million.
  • Having resources available online in Teams reduces downtime by 14.6 percent. When resources are available in one cloud-based location, downtime is reduced and complexity is lowered, making security and compliance easier. Compared to on-premises solutions, the time savings are worth $258,000 across information and Firstline Workers.

Download the Forrester Total Economic Impact™ Of Microsoft Teams study today and learn more about the measurable impact Teams can have for your organization.


Feature Update: Focus on Your Active Teams

April 25, 2019 - Over the next few weeks, teams you haven't visited in more than 45 days will be automatically reordered and moved to the bottom "More" category so you can focus on teams you're more active in.

Hide teams you don't use

We'll be gradually rolling this out to all customers in early May, and the roll out will be completed worldwide by the end of June.

Please click additional information to learn more.


New Feature: New Yammer Tab for Microsoft Teams Now Available

April 3, 2019 - Starting today, Microsoft Teams users will be able to add a Yammer tab to their Teams channel that loads a specified group or topic feed from Yammer. This new feature will allow members to follow and share conversations in Yammer without having to leave Teams.

Team members can participate in the Yammer conversation, right from Teams, or discuss a Yammer conversation in Teams before posting a reply to the wider Yammer group. When a Teams member goes to the Yammer tab, they are authenticated again by Yammer, so that they only see Yammer content that they have access to.

Please click additional information to learn more.


Feature Update: Enabling the Flow App within Teams

March 29, 2019 - We are enabling the Flow app within Teams to allow the creation of a flow with the resulting action of “messaging someone in my tenant with Teams”.

We will begin rolling this out at the beginning of April and expect to be complete by the end of April.

Please click additional information to learn more.


Updated Feature: Calls App Available for All VoIP Enabled Users in Microsoft Teams

March 29, 2019 - To make calling more discoverable in Microsoft Teams, users that have Voice over IP enabled will now see the Calls App in the App bar on Desktop and Web Clients. There is no change in available functionality for existing users or their calling policy configurations.

We’ll begin rolling this feature out soon and we anticipate rollout completion to take place by the end of March 2019.

Please click additional information to learn more.


Updated Feature: Simplified Channel Action Terminology in Teams

March 29, 2019 - We’re making some changes to the names of channel action terminology in an effort to simplify the experience for your users. Currently, the two left rail actions - “Favorite” and “follow” are too close in name. We plan to simplify these concepts by renaming 'Favorite' to 'Show' and 'Remove favorite' to 'Hide'.

Additionally, the current actions of “Follow” and “Unfollow” will be changed to “Notifications” for all shown channels. The channel notifications will provide additional notification preferences. All channels that your users have historically followed/unfollowed will be respected with this change.

We'll be gradually rolling this out to selected users in mid-March, and the roll out will be completed worldwide by the end of May 2019.

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Updated Feature: Improvements to Scheduling Functionality in Microsoft Teams

March 29, 2019 - We’re updating Microsoft Teams with an improved scheduling app. The existing Meetings app is becoming the Calendar app, and we’re bringing multiple new updates to the feature. We'll begin rolling this out over the next few weeks.

When this change rolls out, the existing 'Meetings' app in Teams will be replaced by a new 'Calendar' app that retains all existing app functionality while introducing a range of new features.

- Three new types of calendar views: Day, Work week and Week view (default). You will now have the ability to go back or forward in time to see any past or future meeting respectively.

- You will be able to perform key actions on meetings such as Join, RSVP, Edit, and Cancel from the right click menu on meetings displayed. Meetings on the calendar will light up to indicate when someone joins it online.

- Your current setting for working hours and working days of the week will be respected in this new calendar.

- Lastly, you will now be able to schedule events on your calendar without adding any attendees in the Teams scheduling form. Non-Teams meetings can also be edited and updated from Teams as part of this release.

We'll begin rolling this change out to in early March 2019, and we anticipate roll out completion to take place by the end of month.

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General Availability of Live Events in Microsoft 365

March 28, 2019 - Live events in Microsoft 365 is a new capability that has been in preview and will become generally available in the next few weeks. Live events enable users to broadcast video from Microsoft Stream, Teams and Yammer, and can be used for a wide range of scenarios, from screensharing and webcams, to studio-quality broadcasting that supports the use of third-party encoders.

Events can be created by Teams users that have meeting capabilities enabled, Yammer users that own or manage a group, and all Stream users that have licenses which include video upload capabilities.

We will begin rolling this out mid-March and expect to be complete by the end of the month.

Learn more about Live events in Teams
Learn more about Live events in Yammer
Learn more about Live events in Stream


New Feature: Praise in Microsoft Teams

March 27, 2019 - With Praise, your users will be able to recognize their colleague’s contributions by sending various badges their way. “Leadership,” “team player,” and “problem solver” are just a few options.

Microsoft Team's PraiseWe’ve begun rolling this out to all Teams organizations and we’ll complete the rollout in late April 2019.

Please click additional information to learn more.


Feature Update: General Availability of 5,000 Member Teams

February 12, 2019 - Microsoft is pleased to announce general availability of 5,000 member teams. Starting today, all new and existing teams can accommodate up to 5,000 members, double the previous limit of 2,500 members. Larger groups can now collaborate effortlessly in a single team and leaders can connect with a broad audience within their organization. To make it easier to get everyone into one team, we also increased the e-mail distribution list import limit by over 10X from 300 to 3,500.

How does this impact me?

  • You can now add up to 5,000 members to all new and existing teams. Also, you can import O365 distribution lists and security groups of up to 3,500 members in size.

Click additional information to learn more.


Create and Manage All Your Mind Maps in Microsoft Teams!

January 17, 2019 - Using MindMeister in Microsoft Teams, you easily capture valuable ideas that come up in your conversations and turn them into visual project plans that you can refer back to any time. Mind maps display all the important information around a topic on a single page, making it easy for you to review and update key points.

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Click here to learn more about MindMeister.


Planner Notifications in Teams

January 10, 2019 - Team members of a team with a Planner tab will receive a Teams notification when a Planner task is assigned to them by another person.

Where does this notification appear and what does it contain?

  • The Teams notification for Planner appears in the Teams Activity Feed and in Chat. It contains the task title, who assigned you the task, the plan the task belongs to, and a link to open the task details in Teams. You can see a record of past Teams notifications in the chat conversation with Planner.

Are there any conditions to keep in mind for Planner Teams notifications?

  • The Teams notification for Planner appears only for plans that have a Planner tab in Teams. If the task assignment takes place in a plan that does not have a Planner tab in Teams, no notification is sent. If the task assignment action occurs outside of Teams (for example, in Planner for Web or the Planner mobile apps) but occurs for a plan with a Planner tab in Teams, a Teams notification will be sent to the assignee.
  • Users will continue to receive task assignment email and mobile push notifications in addition to this Teams notification.

How can I stop Planner notifications in Teams?

  • If an individual doesn't want to receive Teams notifications for Planner task assignments, you can mute the Planner bot or block the bot to stop all incoming Teams notifications. To do this, on the Chat page, right-click the Planner bot and choose either Mute or Block bot conversation.
  • Admins who want to disable Planner Teams notifications can disable the Planner app for Teams. If you want to disable only the Planner Teams notifications, but leave the Planner app enabled, please contact Office support.

How does Planner deliver notifications in Teams?

  • A Planner bot will be added to teams which have Planner installed, and audit logs will show the bot as being added by "Microsoft Teams Services" on behalf of the team owner. The only purpose of the bot is to send a notification to a specific user when a task is assigned to them by another person. Users can't interact with this bot in any other way.

What is the rollout plan for Planner notifications in Teams?

  • Microsoft will be gradually adding Teams notifications for Planner starting in February 2019, and expect to have added it to all supported tenants by June 2019. Users currently using Planner tabs in their teams will be the first to receive this feature, followed by all active teams with the Planner app installed.

What can I do if I’m having issues receiving Planner notifications in Teams?

  • If you are not seeing Planner notifications in Teams for your team, please try uninstalling and reinstalling the Planner app for your team to ensure the Planner bot is added to your team.

Updated Feature: Customize Private Discussions in Teams with Tabs

November 16, 2018 - Microsoft is pleased to announce that you can now customize tabs in private chats in Microsoft Teams.

Three screenshots of various content in tabs.


You can now leverage the power of tabs to make it easy for participants to access frequently used content or services with just one click within your 1:1 or group chats. To add a tab, simply click the "+" icon in the top navigation bar, select the desired app, and finish the corresponding setup.

Microsoft has begun rolling this change out, and anticipate rollout completion by the end of November 2018.

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Update: Presence in Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business

November 8, 2018 - Based on customer feedback, Microsoft is updating how presence works when organizations are using both Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business. With this update, routing and presence are fully aligned. To ensure that routing follows presence, presence publishing is now based on a user’s coexistence mode.

If a user is in TeamsOnly mode, then any other user – whether in Teams or Skype for Business – will see presence based on the user’s activity in Teams.

If a user is in any of these modes: SfbOnly, SfbWithTeamsCollab, SfbWithTeamsCollabAndMeetings – then any other user – whether in Teams or Skype for Business – will see presence based on the user’s activity in Skype for Business.

If a user is in Islands or Legacy mode, presence is independent and the values need not match.

  • From Teams, any other user within the same tenant will see presence based on that Island user’s activity in Teams. Chat and calls from Teams users in same tenant to that Islands user will land in Teams.
  • From Teams, any other user in a federated tenant will see presence based on the user’s activity in Skype for Business. Chats and calls from Teams users in a federated tenant to that Islands user will land in Skype for Business.
  • From Skype for Business, any other user will see presence based on the user’s activity in Skype for Business.

Please click additional information to learn more.


New Feature: Add Microsoft Teams to Existing Office 365 Groups Directly from SharePoint Online Team Sites

October 22, 2018 - Adding a Microsoft Teams' instance to existing Office 365 Groups directly from SharePoint Online team sites is a new Office 365 feature. Only users who are group owners can perform this action, and the option only appears if Teams is enabled in your tenant for SharePoint team sites already connected to an Office 365 group, but not yet connected to Microsoft Teams.

With the availability of this feature, Office 365 group owners will be able to add a Microsoft Teams' instance to existing Office 365 Groups directly from SharePoint Online team sites. This provides a direct, one-click mechanism to create a Team and associate it with an existing group from the bottom-left of the home page of a SharePoint Online team site. This complements and simplifies the existing multi-step capability of doing the same from within the Teams experience. Microsoft expects a broad rollout to take place over the following weeks, and full global availability before the end of this calendar year.

Please click additional information to learn more.


Updated Feature: Microsoft Teams Help Experience

October 12, 2018 - Microsoft is streamlining and enhancing the help experience in Microsoft Teams to ensure product help is up-to-date and most relevant to end users. They are replacing the "Feedback" icon with "Help," integrating additional help assets, and removing the FAQ, Conversation, and T-Bot options. T-Bot will continue to appear in some users chat history. Clicking the T-Bot icon will redirect users to the new help experience. Users can simply hide this icon to remove it from their chat list. Full rollout will be completed worldwide by the end of October.

To learn more, please click additional information.


Updated Feature: New Calls App Button Location in Microsoft Team

October 8, 2018 - In order to make the calling in Microsoft Teams more accessible, Microsoft is adding an additional calls app button to the left rail in the Teams home page. There is no change in available functionality, and if you have previously disabled calling in Microsoft Teams your settings will be honored.

How does this affect me?

After this change takes place, users that have calling enabled will see a more conveniently located Calls app button in the left rail of Microsoft Teams. Microsoft will begin gradually rolling this out over the next few weeks, and they anticipate rollout completion by the end of October.

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New Schedule Management and Home Screen Features Coming to Teams – StaffHub will be Retired

September 26, 2018 - Microsoft Teams is evolving to include a new set of capabilities that will simplify schedule management and help deliver the tools for every worker to get the job done. Because Microsoft's investments in schedule management have been developed with Firstline Workers in mind, Microsoft has decided to retire Microsoft StaffHub and bring this capability in addition to a new Home screen experience, into Teams – making it the platform for all workers.

How does this affect me?

Starting in September 2018, Microsoft will be rolling out new features in Microsoft Teams designed to simplify schedule management, and deliver the tools and information every worker needs. Starting on April 1, 2019, Microsoft StaffHub will no longer be available for new tenants and will be removed from the Apple App Store, Google Play Store, and all other points of access. Microsoft StaffHub will then stop functioning for all users on October 1, 2019. Anyone who attempts to open StaffHub will be greeted with a message directing them to download Microsoft Teams. All users will require an active license that includes Microsoft Teams. These changes are part of Microsoft's continued efforts to refine Microsoft 365 as the universal toolkit for teamwork and the investments we’re making in Microsoft Teams.

What do I need to do to prepare for this change?

There is nothing you need to do to prepare for this change. We encourage you to explore Microsoft Teams.

If you had future plans to explore Microsoft StaffHub, please click additional information to learn more.


New Feature: Add a SharePoint Online Page, News, or List as a Tab in Microsoft Teams

August 22, 2018 - Team members can now work with SharePoint Online files and document libraries directly inside the Microsoft Teams user experience. When you 'add a tab' in Teams using the 'SharePoint' tab app, we are making it easier to choose between available lists, pages, and news items – to quickly bring them into Microsoft Teams.

How does this affect me?

This feature will allow you to select SharePoint Online team site news articles, pages, and lists from a simple dialog box that shows all available content from the connected SharePoint Online team site. Once you choose the desired SharePoint Online-based content, it will appear as a tab in Teams and will remain intact within SharePoint Online. Microsoft will complete the rollout of this feature by the end of September 2018.

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What’s New in Microsoft Teams – February 2018 Update

Based on your feedback, we continue to add new capabilities on a regular basis to make Microsoft Teams an even more powerful hub for teamwork. Here’s a summary of the main updates that we introduced in February:
Communicate More Effectively with New Chat Functionality

Share chat history – Often, conversations start with one person and then reach a moment where you need to add one or more people. To help you continue the conversation easily, you can share the chat history when you add somebody to a chat and decide how much history you want to share. 

Hyperlink custom text in messages

Hyperlink custom text in messages

@mentions somebody in a chat – In addition to being able to @mention somebody in a channel conversation, you can now also do so in a 1:1 conversation or a group chat. When you type @ before their name, the person will receive a notification in their activity feed making it easier for you to get someone’s attention. 

Mute a chat – In addition to hiding or leaving a chat, you can now also mute a chat. This feature lets you put a temporary hold on notifications for a particular chat. Don't worry—you'll still receive new messages; you just won't be alerted.

Mute a chat to put a temporary hold on notifications

Mute a chat to put a temporary hold on notifications

Quick reply to a chat message from notifications – You can now respond to an incoming chat message directly from the toast notification. Simply click on “Reply” when the notification pops up and type your response. The reply will be limited to text-only and 1,000 characters. This functionality is available for the Windows and Mac apps. 

Hyperlink custom text in messages

Hyperlink custom text in messages

Restore a deleted channel –  If you have deleted a channel by mistake, you can now restore any channel you deleted up to 21 days. Simply click Manage team and then open the Channels tab to see and restore deleted channels. By default, any member of the team can restore a channel. If you want to restrict deleting and restoring channels to team owners only, you can change this in the team’s settings.Restore a deleted channel directly in the Teams UI

Restore a deleted channel directly in the Teams UI

Collaborate More Effectively

Include information from Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) in your conversations – Now you can have a conversation about VSTS work items right in a channel or chat without the need to include a screenshot or a hyperlink to the information – in the same way that you can add an emoji or GIF. To get started, go to the Store in Teams and install it for yourself or for a team. You’ll then see VSTS as an option to choose from when you click on “…” at the bottom of the compose box. Read the full blog post for details  

Include information from VSTS in your conversations

Include information from VSTS in your conversations 

New Features Available on Teams iOS & Android Apps

New chat functionality - Share chat history, @mentions in chat, mute chat, quick reply from notifications are all available on iOS and Android as well.

Share chat history (left) and Mute chat (right) on mobile

Share chat history (left) and Mute chat (right) on mobile

Share content from other apps into Teams – You can share text, photos, and files from other apps into Teams on both iOS and Android apps now. You can select a chat or channel to post the shared content into.

Sharing an image into a channel on Teams app on iOS

Sharing an image into a channel on Teams app on iOS

You can now create a team on mobile – Simply tap on the “Manage teams” icon on the Teams tab and then the “+” icon to create a new team. You can then add members to the team and promote them to owners.

 1st step: click on the manage icon

1st step: click on the manage icon

2nd step: click on the "+" icon

2nd step: click on the "+" icon

3rd step: add a name and description

3rd step: add a name and description 

PSTN calling and voicemail – PSTN calling and voicemail are now also available on mobile for Enterprise Voice licensed customers.

Meetings on mobile – You can mute other participants on mobile now. Also, external users invited to a Teams meeting can now join via the mobile apps too.


New Ways to Use Apps and Get More Done in Microsoft Teams

January 28, 2018 - New features in Microsoft Teams make it an even more powerful hub for teamwork by enabling you to use apps in new ways—including the ability to command apps and take quick actions from the command box, as well as include content from an app in a conversation. This marks the biggest single release of new functionality since Teams launched last March.

Use Your Favorite Apps in New Ways in Teams

Teams brings together everything a team needs in one place. You can integrate the apps and services you need, including Office 365 apps like Excel, and ones from our partners, including Trello, InVision, and SurveyMonkey.

Today, we’re introducing new ways you can use apps in Teams:

Include information from an app in a conversation Now you can have a conversation about content from an app without the need to include a screenshot or a hyperlink to the information. In the same way that you can add an emoji or GIF, you can now bring information from apps into a chat or channel message with a simple click. For example, you can search for a specific task in Trello, a work item in Wrike, or a weather forecast, and include an interactive card with that information into a message.

Access a personal view of your apps The new personal apps space makes it easy for you to access the apps you care about and see all the items that you have been assigned to across apps, like tasks in Planner, issues in Jira Cloud, or your filters or pull requests in Bitbucket Cloud. You can also easily see items you have recently accessed, such as OneNote notebooks or videos from Microsoft Stream.

Here you will also find Who a new app powered by the Microsoft Graph—which allows you to search for people in your organization by name or topic. To access your personal apps space, click the in the left navigation menu.

Discover apps for Teams in the new Store We made it easier to search and discover apps and services available in Teams in the new Store. Now you can search for apps by name, category (such as Project management or Analytics and BI), or integration type (such as Bots, Tabs, or Connectors), and then choose to surface in your personal app view or in a specific channel in Teams.

Command Apps, Take Quick Actions, and Search — All from the Command Box

Search is one key way people navigate Teams to get to the information they’re looking for. We integrated commanding with search and moved the command box to the top of the screen, so you can now command apps and take quick actions right from the box, in addition to searching across people, messages, files, and apps.

Command apps from the command box We’re rolling out the ability to query or command an app right from the command box. Starting today, you can search for information in an app, such as an image in Adobe Creative Cloud or a news article, and easily insert a specific result into a chat or channel conversation. Over time, we’ll add more command functionality, like the ability to create a task in your project management app or start a build in Visual Studio Team Services. Simply type @ into the command box to display the list of apps you can query and command.

Take quick actions with slash commands Slash commands are shortcuts you can type in the command box to quickly perform tasks or navigate Teams. For example, you can use a slash command to set your status to “away,” add a user to a team, or call a coworker. To get started with slash commands, type / to see the list of commands currently available.


New Feature: SharePoint Aggregation into Microsoft Teams Chat

January 20, 2018 - Microsoft Teams is a chat-based workspace that brings together people, conversations, content, and tools for easier collaboration.  When you create a Team, you create or connect to an existing Office 365 group, and the group gets a SharePoint team site. SharePoint team sites include the News feature, which allow you to keep your team in the loop as well as engage them with important or interesting stories. To further enhance collaboration, you can configure a Microsoft Teams channel that is associated with your team site to automatically show news posts from your team site as part of a channel conversation.

How does this affect me?

It is possible to publish news articles within team sites, and when you configure a new connector for a Microsoft Teams channel for the group, you'll see each published article automatically flow into the chat workspace as a new thread of the discussion. This helps with both awareness of team news, plus it helps as a discussion starter for topics being pushed as important news to all team members. We'll be gradually rolling this out to customers starting late January.

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Box + Microsoft Teams: A Seamless Way to Work in the Cloud

Today there are billions of Microsoft Office files in Box - that's a lot of Word documents, Excel sheets and PowerPoint presentations! With this new integration, joint customers will now be able to access and share their content in Box from within Teams, creating one central hub for productivity and collaboration.

By bringing content from Box into Teams, organizations can share their files more easily and collaborate on projects in real-time, all while keeping their content securely managed in Box. With Box as the central cloud content management platform, admins can protect files wherever they go with robust security controls and reporting, customer-managed encryption, rights management, and mobile security. And end users can work closely with anyone inside or outside the organization and keep sensitive files secure with granular user permissions.

Today’s update extends the reach of Box’s powerful integrations with Office on desktop, on mobile and online and demonstrates our commitment to further interoperability, making it easy for teams to work on content from anywhere. We’re excited to continue to partner more closely with Microsoft to power the future of work.