The updates keep coming. A couple of a weeks ago, Microsoft announced several new features coming to Microsoft Teams designed to improve the experience for teachers and students.
Some of these new features have already hit, including background effects in meetings, and the desperately needed end meeting button, but the company has provided further details on more upcoming updates which will make running lessons using Teams even easier.
Instant channel meetings
Currently the Meet now button is a tiny icon tucked away at the bottom of the screen between the memes button and gifs button. To highlight it’s importance, the Meet button is moving to a prominent location at the top right of your Team channel.
This represents a big change for how lessons are run, and while it should make it easier to start video lessons in the long run, this is something that teachers are going to have to adjust to. It might be worth updating your training guides now!
The Teams Instant Channel Meetings button has already started rolling out to teachers and students.
Improved Teams launcher experience
When launching a Teams meeting from a link, from April onwards, users will find a much clearer router to your meeting. The new page offers options to download the Windows app, continue using the browser, or open an already installed Teams app.
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