Microsoft Teams paves the way for productivity in the digital age

Emre Çitak
May 12, 2023

Microsoft Teams, the go-to messaging app for organizations, continues to raise the bar by introducing a range of exciting new features. With its all-in-one solution for seamless collaboration, real-time communication, file sharing, and meetings, Teams has garnered a massive user base, recently surpassing 300 million monthly active users.

In its latest update, Teams aims to further enhance the user experience and boost productivity with a lineup of innovative features. Let's delve into the details and explore how these additions will revolutionize collaboration in the digital workplace.

What are Microsoft Teams' new features?

Microsoft Teams' latest wave of new features demonstrates the platform's dedication to delivering a seamless and productive collaboration experience. From streamlining meetings with automatic hand lowering to providing immersive visuals with the green screen feature, Teams continues to innovate and empower users.

Eliminating audio echoes with Ultrasound Howling Detection

Audio feedback loops can be a common nuisance during Teams meetings, particularly when multiple participants join from the same room. To address this issue, Microsoft Teams has introduced Ultrasound Howling Detection, an intelligent feature designed to eliminate echoes.

By detecting the presence of other Teams devices in the meeting, this cutting-edge technology automatically mutes the microphone and speakers to prevent audio disruptions. With Ultrasound Howling Detection, participants can enjoy crystal-clear audio, ensuring seamless communication and uninterrupted collaboration.

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Ultrasound Howling Detection will add clarity to your overcrowded Teams meetings

Streamlined meetings with automatic hand lowering

Efficiently managing virtual meetings is a key aspect of effective teamwork, and Microsoft Teams has introduced a time-saving feature to facilitate smoother discussions. With the new automatic hand-lowering capability, users' raised hands will be automatically lowered after they have spoken in a meeting.

This functionality not only saves valuable meeting time but also enables organizers to promptly address unanswered questions. Participants also have the option to keep their hands raised by clicking the "Keep it raised" button. By automating the hand-lowering process, Teams ensures that meetings flow seamlessly, promoting a more productive and focused environment.

Immersive visuals with green screen in Teams meetings

Creating an engaging and immersive virtual environment is now easier with the introduction of the green screen feature in Microsoft Teams. This new addition allows users to appear seamlessly integrated into their virtual backdrops, providing enhanced visual clarity and precision. With the ability to showcase props and other visual aids, participants can captivate their audience and deliver presentations with impact.

By eliminating distractions and enhancing visual aesthetics, the green screen feature empowers Teams users to create a more professional and immersive meeting experience.

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The green screen is one of the most exciting developments introduced in Microsoft Teams' new features - Image courtesy of Microsoft

Enhanced accessibility with video closed captions in PowerPoint Live

Inclusivity and accessibility are paramount in today's digital workplace, and Microsoft Teams is committed to empowering all users. With the latest update, Teams now offers closed captions for embedded videos in PowerPoint Live. This feature enables attendees to activate closed captions and effortlessly follow along with presentations.

By enhancing the accessibility of content, Teams ensures that all participants, regardless of hearing abilities, can fully engage and contribute. This inclusive approach to communication fosters a more collaborative and diverse environment, where everyone's ideas and contributions are valued.

As organizations increasingly rely on virtual collaboration, Microsoft Teams remains at the forefront, revolutionizing teamwork and maximizing productivity in the digital workplace.


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  1. Some Dude said on March 19, 2023 at 11:42 am

    Are these articles AI generated?

    Now the duplicates are more obvious.

    1. boris said on March 19, 2023 at 11:48 pm

      This is below AI generated crap. It is copy of Microsoft Help website article without any relevant supporting text. Anyway you can find this information on many pages.

  2. Paul(us) said on March 20, 2023 at 1:32 am

    Yes, but why post the exact same article under a different title twice on the same day (19 march 2023), by two different writers?
    1.) Excel Keyboard Shortcuts by Trevor Monteiro.
    2.) 70+ Excel Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows by Priyanka Monteiro

    Why oh why?

    1. Clairvaux said on September 6, 2023 at 11:30 am

      Yeah. Tell me more about “Priyanka Monteiro”. I’m dying to know. Indian-Portuguese bot ?

  3. John G. said on August 18, 2023 at 4:36 pm

    Probably they will announce that the taskbar will be placed at top, right or left, at your will.

    Special event by they is a special crap for us.

  4. yanta said on August 18, 2023 at 11:59 pm

    If it’s Microsoft, don’t buy it.
    Better brands at better prices elsewhere.

  5. John G. said on August 20, 2023 at 4:22 am

    All new articles have zero count comments. :S

  6. Anonymous said on September 5, 2023 at 7:48 am

    WTF? So, If I add one photo to 5 albums, will it count 5x on my storage?
    It does not make any sense… on google photos, we can add photo to multiple albums, and it does not generate any additional space usage

    I have O365 until end of this year, mostly for onedrive and probably will jump into google one

  7. St Albans Digital Printing Inc said on September 5, 2023 at 11:53 am

    Photo storage must be kept free because customers chose gadgets just for photos and photos only.

  8. Anonymous said on September 5, 2023 at 12:47 pm

    What a nonsense. Does it mean that albums are de facto folders with copies of our pictures?

    1. GG said on September 6, 2023 at 8:24 am

      Sounds exactly like the poor coding Microsoft is known for in non-critical areas i.e. non Windows Core/Office Core.

      I imagine a manager gave an employee the task to create the album feature with hardly any time so they just copied the folder feature with some cosmetic changes.

      And now that they discovered what poor management results in do they go back and do the album feature properly?

      Nope, just charge the customer twice.

      Sounds like a go-getter that needs to be promoted for increasing sales and managing underlings “efficiently”, said the next layer of middle management.

  9. d3x said on September 5, 2023 at 7:33 pm

    When will those comments get fixed? Was every editor here replaced by AI and no one even works on this site?

  10. Scroogled said on September 5, 2023 at 10:47 pm

    Instead of a software company, Microsoft is now a fraud company.

  11. ard said on September 7, 2023 at 4:59 pm

    For me this is proof that Microsoft has a back-door option into all accounts in their cloud.
    quote “…… as the MSA key allowed the hacker group access to virtually any cloud account at Microsoft…..”

    so this MSA key which is available to MS officers can give access to all accounts in MS cloud.This is the backdoor that MS has into the cloud accounts. Lucky I never got any relevant files of mine in their (MS) cloud.

  12. Andy Prough said on September 7, 2023 at 6:52 pm

    >”Now You: what is your theory?”

    That someone handed an employee a briefcase full of cash and the employee allowed them access to all their accounts and systems.

    Anything that requires 5-10 different coincidences to happen is highly unlikely. Occam’s razor.

  13. TelV said on September 8, 2023 at 12:04 pm

    Good reason to never login to your precious machine with a Microsoft a/c a.k.a. as the cloud.

  14. Anonymous said on September 18, 2023 at 1:23 pm

    The GAFAM are always very careless about our software automatically sending to them telemetry and crash dumps in our backs. It’s a reminder not to send them anything when it’s possible to opt out, and not to opt in, considering what they may contain. And there is irony in this carelessness biting them back, even if in that case they show that they are much more cautious when it’s their own data that is at stake.

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