New Features in Teams Announcements

This is my log to keep track of Microsoft New Features in Teams announcements.

New Feature: Teams Secondary Ringer

MC189659 / Published: 4th September 2019

We will soon begin rolling out a Secondary Ringer option in Microsoft Teams.

This enhancement is related to Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 51089.

How does this affect me?

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.

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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.

What should I do to prepare for this change?

There is nothing you need to do to prepare for this change, but you may consider updating your documentation as appropriate. See Control calls using headsets in Teams.

New Feature: Microsoft Teams – Meet Now

MC189276 / Published: 30th August 2019

Microsoft Teams – Meet Now is a new Office 365 feature that we will begin rolling out in mid-September.

  • Office 365 subscriptions in GCC will see this change in mid-October.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 54028

How does this affect me?

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.

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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. GCC customers will see this feature in mid-October. The rollout will be complete worldwide by the end of November.

What should I do to prepare for this change?

If you want to disable this feature for a user or a set of users, please change “AllowPrivateMeetNow” in TeamsMeetingPolicy from “True” to “False”.

New Feature: Cloud Voicemail enhancements

MC189163 / Published: 29th August 2019

We will soon begin rolling out enhancements to Cloud Voicemail.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 54235

How does this affect me?

Cloud Voicemail (CVM) is undergoing multiple enhancements applicable to tenants that have PSTN-calling enabled.

  • End users will be able to directly transfer a call to Cloud Voicemail or to a mobile phone number that is part of their Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) profile.
  • End users will also be able to configure features in Teams settings. Customizations include configuring call answer rules, choosing the greeting language, customizing standard and out of office (OOF) greetings, and choosing when the OOF greeting should be played.

Tenants that do not have PSTN-calling enabled will have access to a sub-set of features, which includes transferring a call to Cloud Voicemail.

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

What do I need to do to prepare for this change?
You don’t need to do anything.

New Feature: Importing a schedule into Shifts using Excel

MC187570 / Published: 8th August 2019

Importing a schedule into Shifts using Excel is a new Office 365 feature. We’ll begin rolling this feature out soon.

This message is associated with Office 365 Roadmap ID 51966.

This update does not apply to Office 365 subscriptions in GCC.

How does this affect me?

This feature will be available on an opt-in basis on the Teams Web/Desktop clients in the Shifts module.

We’ll be gradually rolling this out to customers in mid-August, and the roll out will be completed worldwide by the end of August.

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

There is nothing you need to do to prepare for this change, but you may consider updating your user training and notifying your helpdesk.

New Feature: Join teams via a code or link

MC187550 / Published: 8th August 2019

Join teams via a code or link is a new Office 365 feature. We’ll begin rolling this feature out soon.

This message is associated with Office 365 Roadmap ID 54158.

How does this affect me?

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.

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

You don’t need to do anything, but you may consider updating your user training and notifying your help desk. Please click Additional Information to learn more.

Additional information

New Feature: Focus Time status in Teams

MC187172 / Published: 2nd August 2019

Focus Time is a new Office 365 feature. We’ll begin rolling this feature out soon.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 53190

How does this affect me?

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.

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

You don’t need to do anything, but may consider updating your user training, and notifying your helpdesk.

New Feature: Teams – Private Channels

MC187154 / Published: 2nd August 2019

Teams – Private Channels is a new Office 365 feature that we’ll begin rolling out soon.

This message is associated with Office 365 Roadmap ID 50588.

This update does not apply to Office 365 subscriptions in GCC

How does this affect me?

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 to customers in early September 2019. The roll out will be completed worldwide by the end of September.

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

You don’t need to do anything, but you may consider updating your user training, updating any user level policy around Private Channel creation, and notifying your help desk. Please click Additional Information to learn more.

Additional information

New Feature: Teams Channel Moderation

MC186219 / Published: 19th July 2019

Channel Moderation is a new Office 365 feature. We’ll begin rolling this feature out soon.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 51786

How does this affect me?

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 worldwide by the end of August.

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

This feature is off by default and there is nothing you need to do to prepare for this change. You may want to update your training and documentation as appropriate.

Please click Additional Information to learn more about Channel Moderation.

Additional information

New Feature: Teams Real Time Presence

MC182674 / Published: 20th June 2019

Teams Real Time Presence is a new Office 365 feature. We’ll begin rolling this feature out soon.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 52395

How does this affect me?

Teams Presence is now happening in real time meaning that when users’presence is changing, other users can see this change right away.

We’ll be gradually rolling this out to all customers starting beginning of July, and the roll out will be completed worldwide by the end of August.

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

There is nothing you need to do to prepare for this change. Please click Additional Information to learn more.

Additional information

New Feature: Retention for Teams Hybrid users

MC180345 / Published: 21st May 2019

Retention for Teams Hybrid users is a new Office 365 feature. We’ll begin rolling this feature out soon.

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 51587

How does this affect me?

This feature will be available for Teams Hybrid (on-prem) users who have a shadow mailbox in the cloud. Teams conversations are persistent and retained forever by default. With the introduction of retention policies, admins can configure retention policies (both preservation and deletion) in the Security & Compliance Center for Teams chat and channel messages.

This feature is not available in Office 365 subscriptions in GCC.

We’ll be gradually rolling this out to customers in May 2019.

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

In order to use this feature, the administrator would need to set up retention policies for Teams content. Please refer to the Additional Information to learn more.

Additional information

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