Microsoft Ignite Roundup 2020: Teams Meetings

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This article is part of a series that aims to provide an easy to consume roundup of Ignite 2020 announcements. I’ll be covering anything from the Microsoft 365 stack that I personally think will have the biggest impact on users. I won’t be covering Azure or much on any Microsoft 365 admin controls. If I spotted a release date, I have added that in brackets. Release dates are estimates only and could of course change.

Articles in the series:

  1. Microsoft Teams Meetings (this one)
  2. Microsoft Teams Calling

If you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments below.

Meetings

 Together Mode (2020)

  • New scenes to choose from
  • Smarter edge detection for that perfect cardboard cut-out 😉
  • Automatic scaling and centering of meeting participants in their virtual seats

Custom Layouts (2020)

  • Better control of what participants see, like:
    • Pin the presenter for all participants
    • Overlay your video on top of your PowerPoint presentation

Breakout Rooms (Oct 2020)

  • Split your meeting into multiple break out ‘rooms’ for focused brainstorming or workgroup discussions
  • Presenters can:
    • Hop between breakout rooms
    • Make announcement to breakout rooms
    • Close the breakout rooms and return everyone to the main meeting

Meetings Recap (2020)

  • Makes all the valuable information captured during (and before) a meeting easy to access in the Microsoft Teams meeting details:
    • Meeting recording
    • Transcript
    • Chat
    • Shared files
  • Meetings Recap will also be available in the Outlook meeting event

Webinars (end of 2020)

New features to support effective Microsoft Teams webinars:

  • Attendee registration
  • Automated registration emails
  • Reporting dashboard to help understand attendee engagement
  • Reporting data will be available via API, so customers could bring this data into their CRM and marketing apps
  • Licence add-on will be required

Scalability – 20,000 participants (2020)

  • Support for 1000 full experience users
  • Scale to 20,000 in a view-only mode
  • Requires ‘Advanced Communications’ license

Meeting Room Panels

  • Out of room display panel
  • Provides scheduling and occupancy information
  • Crestron and Yealink are the first partners to market

Other enhancements

  • Touchless meetings capabilities with:
    • Room remote app
    • Teams casting
    • Voice assistance with Microsoft Cortana (US only currently)
  • Surface Hub 2S 85-inch model availability beginning in January 2021
  • Windows 10 Team 2020 Update for Surface Hub 2S
  • Reactions in meetings (2020)

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