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Microsoft accelerates Teams for Mac devices and other improvements

Microsoft announced on Wednesday that it has optimized a version of Microsoft Teams for Apple Mac devices that use Apple silicon.

Specifically, it’s a version of Teams that aims to support all of Apple’s Mac devices. It’s a better optimized version that runs faster, according to the announcement:

We’re introducing a production-quality universal binary of Teams, which means it runs natively across the entire Mac lineup, including those using Apple silicon. For Mac users, this means a significant performance boost that ensures efficient use of device resources and an optimized Teams experience, even when using multiple high-resolution monitors during calls or meetings.

Mac users don’t have to do anything to get this optimized Teams version as Mac devices will be automatically updated to it. However, Microsoft is planning a phased rollout, with the commercial release expected to be “generally available” “in the coming months.”

Teams chat embedded in Dynamics 365
Teams chat embedded in Microsoft Dynamics 365, Microsoft’s enterprise resource planning solution, is currently in preview. It plans to reach general availability in September, Microsoft previously announced.

Embedded Teams chat allows Dynamics 365 users to start a chat from Dynamics 365. You can use records in Dynamics 365 to start a chat. Sales teams can also see all “connected chats” related to a customer record. The announcement highlighted this latter feature for cases where a sales rep is leaving a company and others need to know what happened to an account.

Apparently, IT pros need to enable this connected chat feature if they wish. It is described in this document.

While connected chats can be used to share Dynamics 365 record information with another person, “the recipient does not need a Dynamics 365 license to collaborate,” the announcement clarified.

Other Teams improvements
Microsoft also detailed the team improvements collected for the month of July as detailed in this announcement.

The big news for IT pros is that they can now “clean up individual user policy assignments in bulk”, which is a “unassign policies” feature being added to the Teams Admin Center portal under the “Manage Users” tab became. After the cleanup, Teams users “inherit the correct policy either via a Group Policy assignment or a global organization-wide default”.

For organizations using teams with so-called “frontline workers,” Microsoft added the ability for IT pros to “provision up to 500 teams with 25 users per team with one PowerShell command.” It is also possible to remove members. This feature is in preview according to this document description.

On the end-user side, Microsoft has added a device test feature for Teams appointments that “validates camera, microphone, browser compatibility, and internet connectivity at any time before the appointment’s scheduled start time.”

The Forms app in Teams is being replaced with a new polls app that features a number of user interface improvements, including the ability to use a new “Rating” feedback poll. The polls app will be available in the Teams app store.

LinkedIn profiles are now integrated with Teams so users can view them from “Teams chat, channels, calls, or meetings.”

Microsoft has added the ability to message team owners in Teams via a @Team Owners extension.

Microsoft suggested that Teams on iPad devices are “now more responsive to screen size, app orientation, and display modes.”

Microsoft added the ability for users to hide or remove a call from their call history list when using Teams desktop or mobile app. Microsoft has also expanded a public area phone offering “to serve a greater variety of scenarios for customers without increasing the price.”

Microsoft also added improvements for Teams Room devices, including a Manage button for checking out rooms or extending reservations. The team calling feature has also been added for certain models of Spectralink Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications (DECT) devices.

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Kurt Mackie is Senior News Producer for 1105 Media’s Converge360 group.



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