Another great new Teams feature is the introduction of end-of-meeting notifications. Now, meeting participants will be notified 5 minutes before their meeting is set to end. Now, you can always ensure you and your team are staying on track and will know to close out the call before running over on time. It is important to note, however, that this function will not end your meeting altogether.
Additionally, there is now a new Teams meeting pre-join experience for users. This means the improved and easier discovery of audio, video, and device configurations before users join a meeting. Now, instead of adjusting meeting devices in settings, you can simply change what you need in the pre-join experience.
If you want to create a safe and inclusive meeting environment, meeting organizers can furthermore choose from three chat settings - “Disabled”, preventing the organizer and participants from using the meeting chat. Alternatively, they can be set to “Only during the meeting”, allowing participants to send messages only during the meeting and the organizer to send messages at any time. Lastly, the default will be set to “Enabled”, allowing chats for all meeting attendees at any time.
Why is this important: Meetings are the perfect opportunity to streamline work, discuss ideas and brainstorm on new projects. To make all these activities land it can help to – in a first step – minimize barriers to join the meeting and – in a second step - avoid disruptions so people can focus on their meeting tasks only.