M365 Monthly Update: June

As the end of the financial year rolls around, Microsoft are starting to deliver on some of their big money Teams updates, namely chat bubbles, PowerPoint live integrations and attendance reporting. These new interactive features will hopefully be available at the end of July so stay tuned.   

We know it’s hard to keep on top of all the new Microsoft 365 updates, it can be tricky for us too. The surprise of waking up in the morning and the interface of your favourite app has changed or there’s a great new feature that everyone seems to be using except for you. 

To help, we’ve rounded up the latest updates from the past 6 months that we think you should know about, why you need to know about them and when they’re coming. 

1. PowerPoint Live: Present to Teams from PowerPoint for Windows

What’s new:

This new feature release will bring the PowerPoint Live in Teams entry point into PowerPoint for Windows. Clicking the Present in Teams button in PowerPoint will be the only step you need to take to present the deck in your Teams meeting. 

Why is this important?

Users can click the Present in Teams button in PowerPoint for Windows to present their slides into an ongoing Teams meeting in the PowerPoint Live mode. There are two entry points users can choose from, one in the top right corner and the other under the Slide Show tab.

When is it coming: Start mid-May, complete by late June 

2. Announcing annotations in PowerPoint Live in Teams

What’s new:

This new release will allow users to use a virtual laser pointer and make ink annotations when presenting through PowerPoint Live in Teams. Just as a presenter would use a physical laser pointer in a room, PowerPoint Live allows users to highlight by pointing at different places or data so the audience can easily follow along. 

Why is this important:

With this update, the active “in control” presenter will be able to use these new annotation tools. These tools enable presenters better express or add content and engage more with their audience by drawing attention to certain sections within the PowerPoint slide show. 

When is it coming:

Start early June, complete by mid of June 

3. Play My Emails in Outlook launching internationally 

What’s new:

With Play My Emails set up and turned on, Cortana will intelligently read emails when a user starts Play My Emails by tapping the play button in the menu sidebar. When connected to a Bluetooth or audio device or the native iOS device speaker, start Play My Emails by tapping the play button at the bottom of the inbox or in the menu sidebar. 

Why is this important:

End users will see a message at the bottom of the inbox screen once they receive the app update with this feature. Tap the message to launch the on-boarding process. This update continues to pave the way for progressive and accessible technology of everyone. 

When is it coming:

We will begin rolling this out in July and expect it to be complete by September

4. Rich Yammer link previews in Teams chats 

What’s new:

With this change, when inserting a link of a Yammer conversation in a public community from their home network, users with the Yammer Communities app for Microsoft Teams installed will now get a rich preview directly in Teams. 

Why is this important:

Users with the Communities app installed will now see a rich preview of the Yammer link they paste into the chat window. If a preview is not desired, simply remove the preview. 

When is it coming:

Will begin in June 

5. On-demand channels post translation in Teams iOS and Android 

What’s new:

End users will now be able to translate channel posts into their preferred language while on their Android and iOS devices. 

To translate, press and hold the message and then tap Translate. To return a translated message to the original language, press and hold the message and then tap See Original (language).

Why is this important:

On-demand channels post translation will allow users to translate channel posts that are in another language, into the language of their choice. This is rolling out on the Teams iOS and Android from the latest store builds. 

When is it coming:

Starting in early June, completing in mid July 

6. Edit a SharePoint page or news post in Microsoft Teams

What’s new:

This feature will allow users to edit modern SharePoint pages or news posts within Teams experience. Users can now pin a page or news post to a Teams channel and make edits without leaving Teams.

Why is this important:

This feature will greatly simplify the authoring experience for publishers who are active on Teams.  

When is it coming:

Starting early June, completing mid-Jun 

7. Search across images with Microsoft Search

What’s new:

Image search is coming to Microsoft Search. 

Why is this important:

Image search in Microsoft provides a new search vertical to provide better search capabilities for images in your organization. After this change, a new image vertical will be available to allow for scoping your search results to images that satisfy the intent of the query. 

When is it coming:

Starting late June and completing early July 

8. Teams Attendance Report

What’s new:

Teams attendance report will allow meeting organizer to view the report without download as well as the joined registration/attendance data. 

Why is this important:

This feature will be rolling out default OFF, IT admins can enable the attendance dashboard, turn on the Allow Engagement Report policy with the following command in PowerShell: Set-CsTeamsMeetingPolicy -AllowEngagementReport Enabled 

When is it coming:

Will begin rolling out in early June and expect to complete by the end of August

9. Microsoft Stream (built on SharePoint): Updated Web player for video

What’s new:

Users will see and interact with the new player for all OneDrive for Business and SharePoint video and audio files. 

Why is this important:

The web player for audio & video files that are stored in OneDrive and SharePoint (including when those files are embedded in Teams, Yammer, and SharePoint web parts) is being updated with a new user look and feel and adheres to greater levels of accessibility for keyboard navigation and screen readers. 

When is it coming:

Rollout complete by late May 2021

10. Teams Chat Bubbles 

What’s new:

Chat has become a lively space for conversation and idea-sharing and offers an option for people to participate in the discussion without having to jump in verbally. But it can be challenging to pay attention to video feeds, presentations, and chats all at the same time. 

With chat bubbles, meeting participants can follow chat on the main screen of a meeting. 

Why is this important:

Previously, Teams users needed to manually open a chat window to view the chat screen. Now thanks to this new feature, chats sent during a Teams meeting will surface on the screens of all meeting participants, making the chat more central to the conversation. 

When is it coming:

Starting mid -July and completing end of July 

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