Microsoft is working on a series of updates for online collaboration platform Teams that extend some of the most important and useful features to a wider group of users.
A few new entries in the company’s product roadmap show that: Microsoft Teams users dialing in from the office will soon benefit from end-to-end encryption (E2EE) for one-to-one conversations and the ability to join meetings via passcode.
The first gives Teams Rooms users access to the gold standard level of security, making it impossible for third parties to eavesdrop on discussions. Meanwhile, the ability to use a meeting ID and access code to join a session eliminates the unnecessary hassle associated with the need to formally book a meeting room to use it for a video meeting.
Microsoft Teams for hybrid working
Since the transition to hybrid workWith employees dividing their time between home and office, Microsoft has spoken out about the need to create a consistent meeting experience that spans across all work locations.
For example, the company has invested heavily in the integration of PowerPoint and Teams, aiming to ensure that presentations are just as engaging and interactive for remote participants as they are for those in space.
Separately, the company has rolled out new features such as: Loop Components – Designed to support asynchronous collaboration, reducing the number of meetings needed to collaborate with remote colleagues.
The philosophy extends to different types of users, as well as different work locations. For example, in April 2022, Microsoft took steps to: common problems faced with employees who use Teams to work in the field customer service calls.
With the latest update round, Microsoft is closing the feature gap between users who use Teams from home or from their desk business laptop and those using conference room hardware.
The new features are currently in development, but should be rolled out to users in the coming months. End-to-end encryption for Teams Rooms conversations is currently scheduled to go live sometime in August, and the new join option will follow in late October.