Microsoft Ignite Roundup 2020: Teams Meetings

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)

More Info

Andrew Morpeth
Andrew Morpethhttps://ucgeek.co/author/amorpeth/
Andrew is a Modern Workplace Consultant specialising in Microsoft technologies based in Auckland, New Zealand; Andrew is a Director and Professional Services Manager at Lucidity Cloud Services and a Microsoft MVP.

Related Articles

NZ to get native Microsoft Teams calling

New Zealand (NZ) is set to get native Microsoft Teams calling by July 2021 - this feature allows you to replace your telephony solution with Microsoft Teams. Microsoft Teams calling for NZ further reduces the barrier to using Microsoft Teams as a telephony replacement solution for New Zealand businesses.

Microsoft Teams Calling Options for Telephony Replacement

Microsoft Teams Calling provides telephony replacement capability that could replace your PABX or any other solution you may have. This article takes you through the options and when to use them, and the licencing you will require to activate this feature for your users.
00:13:43

Skype for Business Response Groups Made Easy

Call Flow Manager for Skype for Business and Lync makes creating and managing Response Groups easy! No more bouncing between interfaces to configure a simple call flow. Call Flow Manager brings all the functionality of the Response Group service into a single user interface

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Andrew Morpeth
Andrew Morpethhttps://ucgeek.co/author/amorpeth/
Andrew is a Modern Workplace Consultant specialising in Microsoft technologies based in Auckland, New Zealand; Andrew is a Director and Professional Services Manager at Lucidity Cloud Services and a Microsoft MVP.

Latest Articles

NZ to get native Microsoft Teams calling

New Zealand (NZ) is set to get native Microsoft Teams calling by July 2021 - this feature allows you to replace your telephony solution with Microsoft Teams. Microsoft Teams calling for NZ further reduces the barrier to using Microsoft Teams as a telephony replacement solution for New Zealand businesses.

Microsoft Teams Calling Options for Telephony Replacement

Microsoft Teams Calling provides telephony replacement capability that could replace your PABX or any other solution you may have. This article takes you through the options and when to use them, and the licencing you will require to activate this feature for your users.
00:13:43

Skype for Business Response Groups Made Easy

Call Flow Manager for Skype for Business and Lync makes creating and managing Response Groups easy! No more bouncing between interfaces to configure a simple call flow. Call Flow Manager brings all the functionality of the Response Group service into a single user interface
00:13:30

Office 365 Backup with Synology NAS

There are many reasons that you may want to back up your Office 365 data. The most common reasons I see are data sovereignty...

Microsoft 365 Feature Roundup Dec 2020

Feature Roundup Presentation Microsoft 365 key feature releases and announcements for June to December 2020, in an easy to digest PowerPoint format.