Microsoft updated all partners on some exciting updates to Teams coming down the line for June.
Microsoft teams gallery view
Perhaps the most widely requested and exciting change on the way is the feature allowing a user to see 9 people simultaneously on video conferences at once. This is a highly requested feature as Cisco WebEx and Zoom can do this already.
‘Pop out’ feature
Another new feature is the ability to ‘pop out’. This makes it easier to look up information in Teams channels and chats while keeping the video conference window open.
Once available, users will be able to view meetings and calls in separate windows from the main Microsoft Teams client. Additionally, meeting and call controls such as mute, video, chat, leave and others will now be located at the top of the meeting window so that they are always available and never block the underlying content.
This new experience will also include recently announced features such as 3×3 video, raise hands, and custom backgrounds.
This will roll out OFF by default and users will have the ability to turn on the new experience via the user setting: General > Turn on new meetings and calling experiences.
Note: In the future, Microsoft will enable this functionality by default, but they want to provide users extra time to become familiar with having meetings open in their own separate window.
2 Steps to turn on the new Microsoft teams video call experience:
Step 1: Click on the Avatar on the top right of Teams and click Settings.
Step 2: Check the Turn on new calling and meetings experiences checkbox and then restart the Teams client.