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What’s new in Microsoft Teams? – May 2022

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What’s new in Microsoft Teams? – May 2022

Microsoft is constantly updating its software to ensure everyone gets the most out of their experience, making it easier to use, more engaging and at the top of the game.


Teams is no exception, and during May, Microsoft announced changes to let you refine how you look on video calls, improve meetings and more.


Read on to discover what’s new in the Microsoft Teams May update…


Adjust brightness and add soft focus to your video

Adjust brightness and add soft focus to your video

One of the more exciting updates has got to be the enhancements to video for your meetings. Say you are in a darker room and your lighting is poor, you can switch on the adjust brightness filter to help everyone see you clearly.


Not only that but use soft focus to subtly smooth the video – the focus can be made softer by dragging the curser to the right, or harder by dragging it to the left. All you need to do is head to the video settings and select the filters you want to use – it’s that simple!


View Together mode for everyone

Microsoft Teams May Update: Together Mode


We have had access to together mode for some time now, but it has only been enabled for your own personal view.


Now, the meeting organiser and presenters can start Together mode for all a meeting’s participants. To enable this, check the ‘Select Together Mode for Everyone’ option after you have chosen your scene.


Everyone will then be able to immerse themselves together (This is only available for Desktop users).


Direct Guest Join for Teams Rooms on Android

You can now access a Zoom meeting through Microsoft Teams Rooms on your Android device.


To use this, schedule a Zoom meeting or forward an existing meeting to a Teams room and it will appear on the calendar.


Just click ‘join’ from your Teams Rooms device to enter the meeting. At the moment, support is limited to controls such as camera and microphone, but more functions will be added in the future.


Horizontal participant gallery

Microsoft Teams May Update: Gallery


To make meetings more flexible, video feeds can now be displayed horizontally and located below the meeting stage when sharing content or participants are spotlighted.


To change the location of the gallery, head to the layout chooser experience on the Teams Rooms console.


More language support on mobile

You can now find suggested replies in Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese, Swedish, French, Finnish, German, Hungarian, Italian, Chinese, Hebrew, Japanese, Norwegian, Russian, Korean, Czech, Danish, Turkish, and Polish.


Choose your own meeting status

Microsoft Teams May Update: Choose your own meeting status


Both organisers and participants of a Teams meeting can now choose their status to show them as free, busy or OOF (out of office) via calendar Show As. Organisers can also choose to make the meeting private so it hides meeting details from other users when a calendar is shared.


Want to explore more of updates like the Microsoft Teams May update, in particular for education, government and frontline workers? Click here for the Microsoft blog.


Changing Social are experts in Microsoft 365 software, including Teams. Are you looking to make the most out of Teams and/or other apps? Send us an email at [email protected] or fill out the form below and we will be in touch for a free consultation.



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