Microsoft Teams gets new Outlook integration, tag mentions, and more

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As we near the end of another month, Microsoft is recapping the updates that have been made to Teams during the course of February. This is in addition to the Microsoft 365 updates that were detailed yesterday, which also included a new integration between Teams and Visio.

Because Microsoft is all about integrations, there’s another new one for Teams this month, and this time it’s with Outlook. It’s now possible to share an e-mail conversation to a Teams team using a dedicated button in the Outlook desktop app, and likewise, it’s possible to share Teams conversation to an Outlook e-mail.

Collaboration and communication within Teams are also being made easier, starting with the ability to use mention tags in conversations. With tags, certain members of a team can be linked to a specific topic or category, and then, using @mentions, everyone linked to those tags will be notified of a message.

Additionally, if your organization has 5000 or fewer members, Teams will now automatically create an organization-wide team. Microsoft also said that the new files experience for Teams is now completely rolled out, so if you navigate to the File tab, you’ll be able to do things like sync files to your computer, see rich previews for over 320 file types, and more.

For video meetings, Microsoft is announcing that live captions are now generally available so it’s easier to keep up with what’s being said. Microsoft is also enabling cloud recordings by default, and making it so that those recordings are stored in the respective in-region data center.

There’s also a new Power BI tab in Teams, which adds support for reports in the workspace experiences, reports in Power BI apps, and paginated reports. It’s also now possible to pin personal apps to the side bar in Teams for easier access.

Other updates include the ability to manage your organization’s app catalog from the Teams Admin Center, a new Communication Compliance tool to detect and take action on inappropriate messages, and legal hold support for private channel messages in Teams.

Additionally, GCC customers have access to new features including the ability to share their screen to Skype for Business users, transfer calls directly to voicemail, use Caller ID for Teams users, make video calls in Chrome, and use the powerbar slash command to make calls.

Finally, for education, the new Q Bot can be used in classroom teaching scenarios to make it easier for teachers and students to answer questions from each other. Students can ask questions by tagging the bot, and it will either reply with the right answer or tag the appropriate people to demonstrate how it’s done. You can see it in action here.

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