Microsoft has announced numerous novelties in Microsoft Teams Rooms, Fluid and Microsoft Viva, all designed to enhance people’s activities in hybrid work.

Enable better hybrid meetings experiences for all participants starts with the design for people who are not in the room, so that everyone feels at the meeting, even if they are home or on the go.

To this end, Microsoft announced improvements to Teams and Teams Rooms meetings, designed to create more engaging experiences for each participant.

During this year, the company will introduce the front row function in Teams Rooms, a layout that makes interactions more natural and gives people in the meeting room a greater sense of connection with remote participants.

Microsoft moved the video gallery to the bottom of the screen so that remote participants are face to face with in-room ones. And to help everyone remain involved, the content of the meeting is surrounded by contextual information such as the agenda, activities and notes.

The meeting chat will also be clearly visible to those in the room, so that they can see and respond to shared comments through the chat.

Microsoft also announced that Teams Rooms will expand the screen surface using new video layouts that expand the video gallery on multiple displays when there is no shared content.

This summer Microsoft will also bring more functions from desktop to Teams Rooms, including live reactions, spotlight and the ability to pin multiple video streams (incoming in autumn), as well as chat bubble when using the classic

Always to involve remote participants more, Jabra, Logitech, Poly and the new partner for Microsoft’s Teams devices, Neat, are using advanced technologies for artificial intelligence-based cameras to provide new optimized video views for

Another direction Microsoft is working on is to make sure that those who speak at meetings are clearly identified. Epos and Yealink’s intelligent speakers are now generally available: they are built for Teams Rooms and use Microsoft’s voice recognition technology to attribute the speechr’s observations in transcription. With the transcription of the meeting attributed to the speaker, people can focus on contributing to the conversation instead of taking notes, and those who have lost the meeting can see a recording of the conversation.

Again: Microsoft announced the new Teams Rooms experience on Surface Hub. The next generation of Surface Hub Teams introduces multiple functions and controls for meetings, including a modernised internship, scenes in Together and PowerPoint Live mode.

The new PowerPoint Live features help create a shared space for collaboration and contributions from all participants in the meeting. The slide translation allows participants to see the presentation in their preferred language. And with the new inking experience, you can note your PowerPoint while presenting or drawing attention to key points.

In addition, you can now access PowerPoint Live and dynamic display on mobile devices and the custom background is now also on iOS and coming on Android.

To work effectively in hybrid and asynchronous models, people need a rich canvas that creates and maintains the context before, during and after the meeting, Microsoft stresses.

Fluid components are atomic productivity units that help you do your work in the context of chat, email, meetings and more. Recently, Microsoft announced new Fluid components in the chat to create live and collaborative experiences that can be modified in real time and shared between Teams and Office apps.

Now the company has announced the expansion of Fluid components for Teams, OneNote, Outlook and Whiteboard meetings to make it easier to synchronous and asynchronous collaboration between Teams and Office apps.

The weekly meeting time of Teams users, said Microsoft, has more than doubled since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. Back-to-back meetings increase stress and make it harder to stay focused.

In a few minutes a day, Microsoft stressed, meditation and awareness with Headspace can help reduce stress and improve concentration. Starting from the end of this month, Microsoft will bring a series of guided meditations and mindfulness exercises from Headspace all the app Viva Insights in Teams to help users start the day well, relax the

Based on Viva Insights’ ability to schedule a daily concentration time to work without being interrupted, with Teams silent notifications, Microsoft is introducing a new focus mode in the Viva Insights app, which will arrive within the This will be characterized by Headspace’s focus music and will implement timers to help the user make progress on important tasks at regular intervals, with scheduled breaks in the middle.

Distance work has removed the physical boundaries between work and life, leading to an increase in chat after working hours and the feeling of being always busy: this is why Microsoft wants to help users find balance and protect personal time.

By the year, Viva Insights will offer the possibility to set up quiet time to silence mobile notifications of Outlook and Teams outside working hours, as well as provide customized insights.

Quiet time settings will also be available for Teams and Mobile Outlook users and accompanied by controls for the It administrator in Microsoft Endpoint Manager to support organization-wide policy creation to silence notifications

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