It is fair to say that for a vast number of businesses, Microsoft Teams has been a real gamechanger in 2021 and given that hybrid working is here to stay, what will Teams look like in 2022 and beyond?
Microsoft has recently given an insight into this and in the blog below we have summarised the key takeaways.
Microsoft believes that nearly every human interaction now involves a digital touchpoint. Meetings now regularly take place digitally and asynchronous communications, such as email and Teams messages are the acceptable way to communicate. As computing becomes embedded in the real world, the real world is being embedded in computing – this is Microsoft Mesh, a metaverse platform.
Mesh for Microsoft Teams introduces a new generation of two-dimensional (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) meetings. Personalised Avatars give you a physical presence in a virtual meeting and organisations can create digital spaces that resemble physical places such as conference and meeting rooms.
Microsoft hopes these virtual reality connections will enhance camaraderie, spark creativity and reintroduce the spontaneity that chance physical encounters in the physical office provided. Find out more about Microsoft Mesh here.
Enhancements for 2022 include role assignment within meetings and the ability to see the order hands were raised, to ensure everyone in the meeting is heard.
Perhaps the most “real world” function most Teams users will benefit from is the adoption of Logitech’s Tap Scheduler. This allows meeting hosts to check meeting room, location information and delegate availability at a glance.
Direct Guest Join allows users to join a third-party meeting (such as Zoom and Cisco) and users of these third-party applications will be able to join your Teams meeting.
Cross organisation collaboration will be made easier with channel sharing, meetings and the ability to collaborate in real-time on applications with your customers and partners as you do today with your colleagues.
Microsoft is reimagining Microsoft Office to go beyond the traditional confines of a document, spreadsheet or presentation. Just like teams transformed collaboration and productivity, it is claimed Microsoft Loop will transform Microsoft 365. Giving users a powerful, flexible canvas with components that move freely and sync across all applications, Microsoft Loop will enable teams to think, plan and create together.
Microsoft Loop has three elements: Loop components, Loop pages and Loop workspaces.
Loop components are the productivity units with Microsoft Loop and allow you to collaborate within chats, meetings, emails, documents and more. Loop components include voting tables and status trackers and can also be developed if an “Out of the box” solution does not already exist.
Loop pages are flexible canvases where you can organise your components and pull in helpful elements like links, files and data that suits your specific project needs.
Loop workspaces are shared spaces that allow you and your team to see and group everything important to your project.
Microsoft Loop components are rolling out in preview across Microsoft applications including Microsoft Teams, Outlook and OneNote in the coming months and more information about Microsoft Loop is being made available all of the time. Find out more about Microsoft Loop here.
Pro-Networks will continue to monitor this exciting technology for ways to benefit our customers and will share updates in future blog posts and customer communications.