Microsoft Groups is getting a slew of updates this yr as work-from-home continues in a number of components of the world amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Microsoft introduced the updates on the primary day of the continued Ignite Spring 2021 digital occasion, the place it additionally claimed the newest options on Groups would even allow a ‘hybrid world of labor.’ The Redmond, Washington-based tech big has launched a brand new channel-sharing characteristic referred to as Groups Join, a number of video modes for conferences, improved webinar expertise, and extra. One other notable spotlight is the introduction of end-to-end encryption (E2EE) for advert hoc 1:1 Groups VoIP calls.
Beginning with the Groups Join for Microsoft Teams, the company says the characteristic will allow customers to share channels with anybody – inner or exterior to the organisation. The shared channel will seem inside a person’s major Microsoft Groups tenant alongside different groups and channels. The characteristic is at present obtainable in non-public preview whereas the mass rollout is anticipated later this yr. One other characteristic that’s rolling out is the Microsoft PowerPoint Stay in Microsoft Groups, which is able to allow presenters to ship extra partaking” shows. This characteristic eliminates the method of screen-sharing and lets customers present PPT presentation straight by way of the video conferencing platform with new view-modes.
There’s a brand new Presenter Mode that lets customers customise how their video feed and content material seem to the viewers. Whereas, the Standout Mode reveals the speaker’s video feed in entrance of shared content material. Microsoft will later add Reporter and Facet-by-Facet modes. The Microsoft Groups is including a Dynamic View mode which “intelligently” arranges the weather of the assembly for an optimum viewing expertise. As folks take part or start to current in a gathering, Groups’ Dynamic View routinely adjusts the structure. “We’ve additionally added a brand new possibility to put the participant gallery on the high of the assembly window, serving to you keep a pure eye gaze,” the corporate mentioned in a weblog put up. The Dynamic view will probably be rolling out quickly.
Microsoft additionally launched the Microsoft Groups Clever audio system that may establish and differentiate the voices of as much as ten folks speaking in a Microsoft Groups Room. These audio system had been created in partnership with EPOS and Yealink. Groups will assist end-to-end encryption (E2EE) for one-to-one Microsoft Groups calls. The characteristic will first roll out to industrial prospects in preview within the first half of this yr. Lastly, Groups is bettering webinars and admins can add as much as 1,000 attendees. The webinar attendance system can be getting enhancements.