Refactoring the conference experience: Microsoft releases Teams heavyweight update

In the update dies of Microsoft Teams today, Microsoft introduces some new, redesigned new and new features. These new features better provide a contactless experience, support inclusive collaboration between remote and in-person attendees, and help remind teams to practice social distance in a conference room.

Refactoring the conference experience: Microsoft releases Teams heavyweight update

Microsoft Teams provides a touchless experience for shared spaces

Participants can join Teams meetings through Microsoft Teams Room and collaboration bar devices, using pCs or mobile devices to share content and collaborate, all of which avoid access to the shared device’s screen.

Refactoring the conference experience: Microsoft releases Teams heavyweight update

Join near

Later this year, Microsoft will also implement these features on Surface Hub. In addition, Surface Pro X users can use the Surface Pen on Surface devices, including the Surface Hub 2S, further restricting access to the shared device display in a conference room.

Refactoring the conference experience: Microsoft releases Teams heavyweight update

Room remote

As the demand for more contactless experiences grows, Microsoft is expanding these features to give people control over more aspects of the meeting. In the future, people will be able to choose how to interact with a space device, use touch, control on their personal device, and use voice commands.

Refactoring the conference experience: Microsoft releases Teams heavyweight update

Wireless casting screen

Refactoring the conference experience: Microsoft releases Teams heavyweight update

Cortana Voice Assistant at Microsoft Teams Room

Coordination meetings between Teams Room and Surface Hub

Conference room visitors can control the Teams Room and collaboration bar devices through the Teams mobile app. With the new room remote experience, users can mute, unmute, adjust audio, turn videos on/off, leave meeting rooms, and more.

Refactoring the conference experience: Microsoft releases Teams heavyweight update

Coordination meetings on Surface Hub and Microsoft Teams Room

Microsoft also supports fast ad-hoc connectivity, wireless drop-to-screen to any Teams Room, collaboration bar device, and Surface Hub for fast temporary connectivity that doesn’t require remote participation. Starting later this year, the Microsoft Teams Room device will enable voice accessibility, allowing in-room participants to ask Cortana to join and leave the meeting and add a phone number or participant to the meeting from the address book.

Notice of conference room capacity

Today, administrators can define room capacity for meeting room accounts. Soon, Microsoft will enable IT departments to use conference room camera data and personnel statistics technology to identify how many people in a room, and to notify in-room meeting participants when room capacity is too large, based on the capacity data defined in the room account. The notification appears in front of the meeting room as a banner across the top of the screen.

Refactoring the conference experience: Microsoft releases Teams heavyweight update

Room capacity notification