Turbocharging Teams - Episode 3: Keeping Up with What’s New
By Kevin Kieller and Dino Caputo
Turbocharging Teams focuses on tips and tricks to help you get the most out of using Microsoft Teams. In this episode, we talk about how you can keep up with new features in Teams and then show off a few new recent features. Scroll down the page to view the slides used in this presentation.
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Welcome to yet another episode of turbocharging teams. My name
is Kevin Kieller and I am joined by Dino Caputo and like the last
episode, this time we are going to talk about a few new things
that are available in teams as of July of 2020.
Now the first thing I wanted to talk about is, well, how do you
keep up with what his new and it turns out that, uh, there's a
relatively easy way to do that, and so step number one, if you
navigate to the help icon, which is at the lower part of the menu
bar, your team's menu bar on the left hand side and click on the
help icon. Then you get kind of this menu. And if you pick what's
new. As shown, a number 2 then you get a list of new features
from the newest to the oldest..
So uh, in the case when we're recording this, uh, a few new features as of July 27th, 2020.
And then you can Scroll down?. Um, I'll take a look at a
specific example, but before I move on from this slide just on
that help, I come. Just want to point out on the menu shown in
item number 2. There's also some great help topics and training
videos. Uhm, and then if there's something that you think is
missing, you see there's a link to suggest a feature or report a
problem. So let's take a look at a specific example. So I
scrolled down a bit and as of. July 24th, 2020, there was this
new feature which is allows you to see some information about a
So let's try this out and see that it
actually works as described, and. I'll describe what it actually
does. So what I did is I navigated to our turbocharging
teams channel, and then as shown in item number one, there's a
little information. The. Universal High with the circle,
the information icon that showed up according to the what's new
as of July 24th. So I clicked on that and then you get this
additional information that pops out to the right of your channel
posts in this case.
And it displays a number of a good, you know, interesting
things for the channel, so um, at the top of channel
description, so that's whatever you've described as the channel
recent contributors, so it's good to see. Do you know that
both you and I are contributing to turbocharging teams? This is,
you know, I also did this, uh, for channels that had lots more
participants. And so I went into one that had like 1800 channel
members, which is the third section. And you know there was only four 5 recent contributors,
so I think in bigger channels that's very very useful. In this
case, you see channel members,. Dino, myself and I think for
testing purposes we added my my son, Logan. Uhm, so you can, you
know, just to prove that the recent contributors is, you
know, less than necessarily the channel members. If there's lots
of channel members, how you can click on that, see full list to
see that, and then as well, there's like. Some synopsis of channel updates and quite
frankly, uhm. You know in this case you see like we
originally were going to call this series talking teams,
and then we called it. Now we change the name to
turbocharging teams so at some point Dino change the
name of that. But when I did use this, you know, Dino on
some other channels.
It showed up as channel updates.. It seemed pretty darn random, so
like on another channel that had like I don't know 30 people.
It's showed back in February.. One person joined the channel,
but I know as a matter of fact that I joined the channel
afterwards. So I'm not exactly sure. Uhm so you know, maybe we
can do some more investigation in terms of what shows up in
channel updates, but certainly the channel description, recent
contributors and channel members. That's totally clear.. Uhm, that is one of the new
features. Uh, that is available and it's it's pretty
interesting, especially around recent contributors. Uhm, so now
over to you, Dino to talk about, uh, some other recent additions
Great thanks Kevin. So. I'm going to just talk about a
couple of new features around
the. Meetings, and specifically the new meeting join experience
so previous to this, depending on the client you had, you might
get a different experience, but. I think Microsoft did a nice job
and a clear method of joining a meeting. So now when you click
on any meeting link. That's in outlook. You'll see a new meeting pop up that looks as
follows, so it'll say. How do you want to join this teams
meaning? So you'll have three options if you don't have the
teams client installed, maybe even invited an external
participant that's never used teams before you know they can
they see the very first option to download the windows app, so
that's that's very nice. You can just click that option and
download teams right? From here you can say continue on this
browser is the next option, so you're already in a browser
window. Uhm, you? Why not just join the meeting from here? You
might not want to install the client for whatever reason.
So you can go ahead and do that.
Often I'm as a consultant, I'm in different tenants all the
time, so sometimes I'll have a browser window open to a
particular tenant. I might join it this way so it just allows
me to interact in multiple tenants. So this is a great
easy way for me to do that. And then Lastly, if you do have
teams and installed on your desktop, you can just go ahead
and click the third option.. It'll it'll go ahead and open
teams right on your desktop for you. So nice new welcome
feature in terms of making it easier to join a team's
Hey so I'm gonna ask a question. I know we didn't. We
didn't talk about this but I wonder what this looks like on
a Mac, right? You know? I mean download Windows app would be
interesting. I don't know.. Have you had it? I don't. You
don't get it on a Mac. Yeah you don't get this experience.
OK, as far as I know that's true for many of the features.
That have come out recently, so,
um. Perhaps will have to do an episode on Mac specific, yeah?
Or maybe you use a Windows machine? I use a Mac and then we
do an episode and see kind of what's the same and what's
different. So that's right. OK,. OK, well, so now I think you're
going to talk about another new feature.
Yeah, we're going to be talking about channel meetings, so you can do two types of
meetings in teams. And the first is just a regular meeting that
you book in outlook, much like you would have been used to
doing in the past. But you can
perform teams. But then there's this notion of channel meetings
and we discussed them in the past, and those are meetings
that take place within a specific teams channel, and so
that would require you to be a member of that team. The content
of that meeting resides within the channel, so everything just
stays in one spot, which is really nice. So if you've got a
reoccuring meeting, you can schedule it in a channel so that
the contents discussed anything any notes taken. The recording
all gets saved in the channel.
Really, super cool feature unfortunately previous to this
feature it was really tricky to start one up. You had to like
look for the little meat now button at the bottom of the
underneath the bar you would type in messages into the
channel and so now they've just made it much simpler to do that
and you can see.
Just hide underneath your avatar when you're in a channel you
have the little meat dropdown
option. And selecting that you can just click meat or selecting
it has the meat now or schedule a meeting options so.
Uh, a lot easier, a lot cleaner and easier to find that option.
So um, that's it. So nice. New way to start a channel meeting
instantly in teams.
Sounds sounds good and I think this is what we're doing. We're
doing at channel a Turbo trading teams channel meeting
recordings in one place. That's right when we're done. This all
this recording will be saved in a channel and then we can
access it and everything is kept neat and tidy. So super.
Super useful feature if you haven't tried channel meetings
you should really explore it.
And with that, thank you for joining another episode of
turbocharging teams. Once again,. I'm Dino Caputo.
And, uh, joined, joined by my colleague Kevin Killer and will,
uh, talk to you next time. If you have any feedback, please
reach out to us at Dino Caputo or at Kevin Keeler on Twitter
and give us your feedback.
Thanks a lot. Will see you next time.