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Microsoft 365 Updates

All of the updates to the Microsoft 365 services can be found in your admin centre, but here is a summary of the important changes from the last week.

Microsoft Teams: Updates for the iOS app

There are three updates happening to the Microsoft Teams app for iOS.

Scrollable tray

A scrollable participant tray will make it possible to see more participants. Phone users will be able to scroll and see up to 15 participants, and tablet users will be able to see 20.

side-by-side

You’ll be able to see your audience while presenting from both phone and tablet. Users will be able to see both the shared content and the participant tray at the same time. There will also be a visual indicator around the video of active speakers.

There will be a side-by-side view of shared content and pinned/spotlighted participants.

This new app will be available from the end of October.

Update your Office Apps

If you don’t have auto updates enabled, make sure you update your Microsoft 365 Apps. This will not only make sure you get the latest features, but also ensure you have the latest security patches too.

You can do this in any of the desktop apps (Word, Excel, Outlook), by clicking File, selecting Account, and using the options under Office Updates. You only need to do it in one app and it will update them all.

Microsoft Teams: Updated support for Safari

Safari

Finally, users on Safari will be able to share their screen on Teams on the web, providing they are using Safari 13.1 or higher.

This is a welcome feature that we have been waiting for for quite a while!

Internet Explorer: Redirect incompatible sites to Edge

Internet Explorer is becoming end of life, and will soon not be supported by Microsoft. As such, some modern sites are no longer compatible with Internet Explorer.

To improve user experience, when visiting sites known to be incompatible with Internet Explorer, the system will automatically redirect you to Edge, if you have it installed.

This can be disabled via a policy if required.

Outlook for Android: Play My Emails

Users in the UK will soon receive an update enabling Play My Emails. This feature will allow you to select a play button to read out email messages to you.

Microsoft Teams: Noise Suppression

Noise cancellation

Users will soon see three levels of noise suppression designed to reduce distracting background noises during meetings.

  • Low is designed for persistent background noise like an air conditioner, computer fan, or music.
  • High suppresses all background sound that is not speech; this setting uses more computer resources.
  • Off disables the noise suppression feature.

Summary

For full details of these updates, and more, head to the Microsoft Message Center. Log in to your admin portal, and select Health, Message Center.

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