Issue No. 75October 2018

New Free Tools Available in

“Microsoft Teams”

At one of Microsoft’s large annual conventions called Ignite last month, they announced a couple of interesting new tools now available with  “Microsoft Teams”.  We’d thought that we’d share these with you.

Meeting Recording: Meetings are no longer just a point in time experience. With meeting recording in Teams, you or other invitees who missed the meeting can playback recorded audio, video and content at any time. Pull up a transcript, powered by Microsoft Stream, and search for keywords so you can optimize your time while getting caught up.

Background Blur: Now, all Teams customers can remove distractions and focus your video on what matters most. This is especially important for those businesses that have employees that work remotely or from a home office and want the focus on the employee versus their background environment.  (See the before and after screen shots below)



Other Teams announcements are below:

  • Chat made accessible: Immersive Reader has made its way to chat and channels. Personalize text and page themes for increased visibility, minimize visual distractions with Line Focus, or follow along with the personalized text reader. To launch the immersive reader from any conversation or chat, open the “…” menu and select Immersive Reader.
  • Calling for everyone: Up until now, only Teams users configured for Calling Plans would see the Calling App in the left rail. Beginning in October, we will enable the Calls App for everyone who is VOIP-enabled.
  • Boost your productivity with a tighter integration between Teams and SharePoint: You’ll soon be able to enjoy the full capabilities of SharePoint libraries in your file tab with features like creating a custom view and pin-ing a document to the top. Additionally, you will have the ability to add SharePoint lists and SharePoint Framework web parts as tabs in your team’s channel Link to SharePoint blog post
  • Access your Yammer community via a tab in Teams: You can include relevant Yammer groups directly in Teams for easy monitoring and engagement by adding them as a tab in any of your team channels.

To learn more about other technology tools and efficiencies for your business,

feel free to reach out to our IT engineering team at

Phone: 858-952-5400 x0