What’s New in Microsoft Teams | January 2020

What’s New in Microsoft Teams | January 2020

Here are the new features, experiences and resources that came to Microsoft Teams in January 2020.


What’s New: Chat & Collaboration
Improve communication transparency with read receipts
Do you often wonder if your teammates saw the message you sent them? Read receipts in private chats allow senders to know when their message was read by the recipient. Read receipts are powerful, because they also allow the recipient to communicate implicitly that they are not ignoring the sender, they may just be busy and haven’t gotten a chance to read their message. Read receipts can be a great tool but may not be for everyone – learn more about turning them on and off here.

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The “Colleague joined Teams” notification lets you know who is new to Teams
Welcome to the team! You can now connect with new team members faster and welcome them to the team. You will receive a notification in your activity feed when a new colleague joins Teams for the first time. Send them a GIF to say hello!

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What’s New: Meetings & Calling
Voice Administration— New workload in the Teams Admin Center
As a part of our ongoing process to provide IT admins more visibility into additional workloads, Voice Administration has been added as a workload in the Teams Admin Center. This means that Microsoft Calling Plan customers will be able to search, acquire, and assign phone numbers to users. Admins will also be able to set the emergency addresses for those end-users. Additionally, customers will be able to create / test / manage custom dial plans, configure Dynamic Emergency Calling, and use improved configuration for Auto Attendants and Call Queues.

ThinkSmart View joins Microsoft Teams phones
Welcome to the family! Lenovo announced new additions to its ThinkSmart portfolio, designed to transform business communications. ThinkSmart View allows users to manage their audio and video calls through a dedicated desktop device. Users can simply join meetings with one-touch and use the device in portrait or landscape layout to suit their preference. For security, the device has a camera shutter and a microphone mute switch. These will become available for customers in March 2020. Learn more here.



What’s New: Security & Compliance
Safe Links is now available in Teams protect you from malicious URLs
Keeping users safe is our highest priority. Office 365 ATP Safe Links help protect users from accidental or malicious unsafe links by providing time-of-click verification of web addresses (URLs) in email messages and Office documents. The power of Safe Links is now available to protect users from malicious links sent via Microsoft Teams.