Microsoft New Teams update


On January 2, Microsoft started rolling out a New Teams app. If you don't already have the update, you will see it in the coming days. Their goals for the update were faster performance, a simplified user interface, and smarter AI experiences. Some of the changes and new features are listed below. 


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You will notice:

  • Changes in navigating the new interface
  • Changes in settings
  • Access to OneDrive
  • and more

Left navigation updates

  • Activity - you can mark all activity as read by clicking the three dots at the top of your activity feed, and then clicking Mark all as read.

    Mark as read link
  • OneDrive App - has been added to the navigation bar. You can get the full OneDrive experience all inside of Teams.
  • Meet App - you can add the new Meet App to the navigation bar so you can quickly review, manage, and prepare for all your meetings.

    This includes having access to content such as chats, files, agendas, and shared documents. To add the app, click the Apps button in the left navigation, search for Meet, and add it.

Changes in channels

Channels has been updated to make it easier to focus on key topics, engage with the right people, and find specific information. 

  • New post view - new posts in a channel are displayed as one threaded conversation rather than seeing all of the conversations in the entire channel. To see all posts in a channel when in a new post view, click the Go to channel button in the upper-right corner. 
  • Pop out conversations - you can pop out a conversation so you can keep updated on the conversation while you continue to do other work. To pop out a conversation, click the three dots at the top of a post. and then click Open conversation in new window.

  • Updated compose box - when you start a new post, the default view shows the subject box automatically.
  • Channel details - click the arrow in the top navigation to display details about the channel such as the channel’s description, member list, and pinned conversations.


    There is also a Find in channel feature. You can view search results without leaving your flow of work. After selecting a search result, you are taken to that specific message in the channel post.

  • Channel posts order - click the three dots in the top navigation of a channel to choose how you want posts ordered in the channel. Channels by default have the most recent posts at the bottom of the app, but you can change that to have new posts appear at the top.


Settings and help

Settings and help have moved to a new location. Click the three dots in the upper-right corner of the app and click Settings or Help.


Common Settings

General - Application auto start up, themes, language, translation, out of office. 
Devices - Setting and testing audio and video device settings.
Privacy - Do not disturb access, blocked contacts, read receipts, or attendance reports.
Notifications - Notification style, sound, when, and where they come from.

Many of the default settings have changed. It is recommended to look through them all to make sure the app is functioning like you want. Some settings to consider:

  • General - choose how you want windows and chats to open.

  • Notifications and activity - ensure notifications are coming in as you want.

  • Appearance and accessibility - choose your theme, chat density, and layout settings. Grid is the default layout.

    Theme and layout settings
  • Devices - review your audio settings.


To learn more about recent changes in Microsoft Teams, see the October edition of What's New in Microsoft Teams article. If you have any questions about Microsoft Teams, post them in the KSU Teams Support channel.


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