Microsoft aims to improve Teams Rooms experience

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Key notes

  • Microsoft is far from done improving its popular conferencing application.
  • Dial pad control on the Teams room console will be replaced with Call.
  • Also, Teams will allow its users to make PSTN calls, if they are available.
  • The changes are expected to start rolling out at the beginning of 2021.
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If you were wondering what is next in store for your favorite conferencing app, know that Redmond officials announced user experience improvements coming to Teams Rooms on Windows.

Yes, Microsoft is actually aligning the Meet Now and calling experiences to Teams desktop and replacing the New meeting control on the app’s room console with Meet.

Also, the tech giant will replace the Dial pad control on the Teams room console with Call. And don’t forget that you can now create and use Breakout Rooms on Teams as well.

By using Meet, Teams users can start an ad-hoc meeting with a single tap and invite the desired participants.

Teams will allow users o dial PSTN calls, if available, and enable entry points for P2P Teams calls, group Teams calls and P2P federated user calls.

Just by heading to the home page, you can see the new Meet and Call buttons, replacing New meeting and Dial pad buttons.

But what if you have a domestic or international calling plan assigned to your Teams Rooms account, or have a direct routing setup for your tenant with the number assigned to the room account?

The answer is very simple. The Dial pad will become available for users that need dialing a number.

You can also search for users in your organization or a federated organization for P2P calls and start a group call by searching and adding multiple people.

If you were wondering about SIP URI calls, this feature is not yet available in Teams only mode, however, you can set your device to Skype for Business and Microsoft Teams mode to have SIP URI entry point in the app.

Keep in mind that this change is only applicable if the Teams rooms are running in Microsoft Teams only or Skype for Business and Microsoft Teams modes.

All P2P and group calling functionality previously under the New meeting button are moved under Call.

To conclude, know that all of the changes mentioned above and improvements coming to Teams shortly will begin rolling out in mid-January and are expected to be complete by mid-February 2022.

What else do you think Teams is missing? Share your opinion with us in the comments section below.

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