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M365 spotlight: Three new ways to improve Teams meetings

Published by Phoebe | Blog | 08 December, 2020

We’ve all had to do a lot of thinking on our feet this year, in business and out. With remote working still very much at the forefront, it’s clear that digital meetings will remain a part of everyday life, so it’s crucial they run as efficiently as possible.

The good news is that Microsoft has been working consistently to improve Teams and all its features. Today we’ve got three new ways to streamline your meetings and better engage all your attendees.

First up is the problem of background noise. Users of MS Teams had told Microsoft that they sometimes couldn’t hear what speakers were saying if the environment was too loud or distracting. Microsoft listened and introduced real-time noise suppression for any Teams meeting.

The second feature focuses on native collaboration. This means that if someone wishes to update tasks, set reminders, or manage requests, there’s no longer the need for someone to share their screen. Third-party collaboration apps, such as Asana, Buncee, Survey Monkey, and more, can now be used directly within Teams for a better experience.

Finally, what better way to turn passive listeners into engaged speakers than with integrated polling? Microsoft has brought Forms functionality into Teams. Presenters can now prepare polls in advance and run them during the meeting so that participants can view and respond easily.

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