Today’s blog aims at giving you insight into some of the new Microsoft 365 features designed to help people connect, engage and stay in the flow of work as we all navigate the new hybrid work world. So let’s dive right in!
This month, Microsoft’s releasing the ability to create a task from Teams, spotlight multiple users, and new ways to manage your attendees’ cameras.
Create tasks right from a Teams message
Messaging conversations often result in follow-up actions, but creating a task in a separate app can be disruptive to your workflow. To help, Microsoft’s added the ability to quickly create tasks right from any Microsoft Teams chat or channel conversation without having to switch apps or windows.
To create a task, click the ellipses (…) in the pop-out menu, then select More actions and choose Create task. You’ll now be able to track it in the Tasks app in Teams. Tasks created from Teams messages, which is available on Teams desktop and web, will appear in the Tasks app for Teams.
Spotlight multiple users during a meeting
Spotlighting a video is like pinning it for everyone in the meeting. If you're an organizer or a presenter, you can choose up to seven people's video feeds (including your own) to highlight for everyone else.
Organizers and presenters can now spotlight up to seven participants simultaneously during meetings. For meetings that have more than one speaker or presenter, multiple spotlights are a great way to focus all attendees’ views on those specific video feeds. Once a single participant has been spotlighted, simply click on the context menu of your additional participant(s) and select Add Spotlight.
Manage your attendees’ camera settings
Do you organize large meetings or present material in them? Microsoft’s added the ability to manage attendee audio and video permissions in Teams meetings to help prevent disruptions and create a safer meeting environment. Now, you can configure the permissions to have all attendees’ camera-enabled or disabled before the meeting. You can also enable or disable the ability for individual attendees to use their cameras.
Find people and information more easily
Last month, Microsoft announced Organization Exploration in Outlook, new Microsoft Graph connectors to make it easier to find information and enrich profile cards, and new capabilities for Microsoft Bookings.
Make connections within your organization: The new Organization Explorer
in Outlook allows you to find, discover, and explore people and relationships through a new organizational browser experience. Find colleagues, discover team relationships, explore their skills, see their current availability, and more right within Outlook. Organization Explorer is now in preview and available for Office 365 Insiders.
Search for information and content in more locations with Microsoft Graph connectors:
With so many sources of information at our fingertips, it can be time-consuming to find exactly what you need if you don’t know where to look. New Microsoft Graph connectors
for Microsoft Search enable your organization to bring in information from systems like ServiceNow, so you can find what you need wherever you’re working, whether in one of your favorite productivity apps or one of the many Microsoft 365 services such as SharePoint or Office.com. Connectors are now generally available and can be installed in just a few clicks in the Search and intelligence admin center.
Make it easier to find information about people with enriched profile cards:
Profile cards in Microsoft 365 make it easy to find information about people in your organization. Powered by the Microsoft Graph, which aggregates and organizes billions of signals across your organization as people work in Microsoft 365 all day, profile cards extend beyond a simple directory to provide contextual information about a person. Coming soon, new Microsoft Graph connectors will help enrich profile cards
with information from human resource management (HRM) systems like Workday, SAP SuccessFactors, and more. With these capabilities, you can now find more information you need about a person right in a person’s contact, in less time, and in fewer places.