Get ready for the new Word Cloud feature coming to Teams

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  • If you weren't aware, know that the Redmond tech company is adding a new feature to Teams.
  • Microsoft announced a new type of poll to keep audiences more engaged during the meetings.
  • Just like the current settings for a multiple-choice poll, attendee responses are also anonymous.
  • Word Clouds are expected to roll out in late September and be fully completed by early October.
Teams poll

We are about to continue the Teams saga, with some news about another new feature coming to the popular communication and conference application.

You should know that Microsoft has announced a new type of poll to keep audiences and attendees at meetings more engaged.

This is excellent news for Teams users, considering that ever since the COVID-19 90 pandemic broke out, hybrid work has been a lifesaver for companies, large and small.

Thus, every addition designed to boost productivity and also act as an extra incentive for meeting participants will be more than welcomed by everyone.

Another new feature coming to Microsoft’s Teams

The Word Cloud form poll has been added to the multiple-choice poll and quiz poll, within the Teams app itself.

So, when users have collected responses for an open text poll in a meeting, Word Cloud data insight will be available to help them get a quick view of the top text phrases people answered.

So far, we know that attendees will be able to view the word cloud view on the answer page and that there will be two ways for attendees to interact with the word cloud poll, as follows.

  1. Directly typing a word to be added to the word cloud.
  2. Ability to Thumbs Up a specific word in the word cloud view.

Just like the current settings for a multiple-choice poll, responses are anonymous so other users will not know who submitted which word to the word cloud.

Word Cloud is a great way to reflect the audience’s feelings within the crowd present in the specific gathering.

This awesome feature allows presenters to set up open-ended questions to collect attendees’ opinions, and Microsoft claims it can significantly improve your meeting engagement and involve everyone in the meeting.

If you were wondering when this feature will be available, know that Word Clouds are expected to roll out in late September and be fully completed by early October.

This is just one of the new features that Microsoft added to their flagship conference app. Over the past few months, Redmond developers face Tams a lot more, including a new music mode for desktops.

Also, for field workers, the app now has a walkie-talkie mode that makes it much easier to communicate.

Finally, because staying protected is a top priority, Teams also received improved protection from phishing and other hacking methods.

Another important aspect that is worth mentioning is that Microsoft has decided to bundle up the Teams application with Windows 11, so the upcoming OS will have it integrated upon release.

If you remember, this decision also attracted some harsh backlash from competing firms, such as Slack.

Do you feel that this new feature is a helpful one? Share your opinion with us in the comments section below.