At the beginning of the pandemic, organizations leaned more on the current technology to collaborate. As shelter-in-place orders grew state to state the use Microsoft technology grew as well. With the isolation of remote work growing the need for human connection became crucial to business development and the use of video conferencing for meetings increased substantially on Teams.
It should be noted that Microsoft has continued to make enhancements and improvements:
- Custom backgrounds allow you to replace your background in Teams meetings with a new office look anytime. You can also upload your own custom backgrounds as well. Unique backgrounds have become a spirited competition within designDATA.
- To make video calls more interactive, the raise hand feature will be available to everyone by the end of the year. It will let meeting participants indicate they have something to say by clicking on a hand-raise icon in the meeting control bar. Academic institutions will probably see this feature first as it rolls out.
- Meeting organizers can now end a meeting for all participants with the click of the “end meeting “button in the control bar.
- Later this year, Microsoft will roll-out background noise suppression while in a Teams meeting which uses technology to reduce distracting background noise such as loud typing or a barking dog.