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Microsoft Teams Has Added Several New Features

By December 19, 2020May 11th, 2022Technology News

Since the start of the pandemic, Microsoft has been working at a furious pace to add new features to Teams. It has become one of the company’s most widely used services, allowing remote employees to communicate seamlessly with each other. Continuing that trend, the Redmond giant has recently added yet more new features, including a call transfer function, anti-spam protections, CarPlay support, a streamlined calling experience, and more.

In short, the latest version is just all around easier to use, with a new screen that allows for easy access of your call history, voicemails, your contacts, and the software’s settings. On top of that, Teams admins now have the ability to change the default recording storage location, using either SharePoint or OneDrive instead of Stream.

The new CarPlay feature is simply invaluable if you spend a lot of time on the road and want to be able to join meetings in progress while you’re driving. If your car has built in WiFi controls and you can speak with Siri while you’re driving, you can leverage those controls to place and answer calls inside Teams.

In addition to all of that, the company has announced that by early next year, Teams users will gain the ability to transfer calls between your desktop PC and your mobile devices via the Teams app. This will allow you to merge calls, preserve data and work more seamlessly than ever before.

Another new feature on the horizon is the reverse number lookup, which will allow you to grab the name of the caller, assuming you don’t already know it. This also assumes that you’re not disconnected when you transfer the call to someone else and that person isn’t available.

Overall, if you’re a Teams user, there’s a lot to like in the most recent updates and in the rumors we’ve been hearing about what’s next for the app. Kudos to Microsoft for a whole spate of excellent recent additions.

Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.