Microsoft Groups steadily grew in recognition all through 2020, going from 44 million every day energetic customers pre-pandemic to a brand new all-time excessive of 115 million simply seven months later.
With the software program closely relied on for efficient distant working, Microsoft has added quite a few options in current months which purpose to enhance video calling performance. Some purpose to make the digital assembly expertise extra immersive, whereas others add a contact of enjoyable to boost the common speaker and gallery views.
Use Collectively Mode
In-person conferences can happen in all kinds of places, however the digital equal usually hasn’t mirrored that. Nevertheless, the introduction of Collectively Mode added a number of recent digital areas for colleagues to return collectively.
To get began with Collectively mode, merely be part of a name with a number of individuals and click on the three dots on the high of the display. From right here, you will see the ‘Collectively mode’ choice (if it is greyed out, there aren’t sufficient folks on the decision). Present background choices embody theatre, cinema, curved convention theatre, curved exterior amphitheater, spherical boardroom desk, and straight boardroom desk.
Swap issues up with presenter modes
In the event you use Groups for work functions, it is extremely seemingly you’ve got been on a name the place somebody’s sharing their display whereas presenting. This normally entails the particular person talking from a small field within the nook of the window, whereas the presentation takes up the vast majority of the show.
Nevertheless, Microsoft has lately introduced new presenter modes, permitting you to change factor up for a extra immersive expertise. There will likely be three new settings in complete:
Reporter – places content material above speaker’s shoulder, as can be seen in a chunk to digicam by a information reporter
Standout – silhouette of speaker immediately in entrance of the content material
Aspect to facet – places content material subsequent to a big speaker, much like what might be discovered on Zoom
Standout will likely be right here earlier than the tip of March 2021, though we’ll have to attend a bit longer for Reporter and Aspect to facet. We’ll replace this text as soon as they’re obtainable.
Add background results
Shortly after the pandemic shifted nearly all socialising on-line, folks started to create customized backgrounds for video calls. Microsoft Groups quickly added it as a characteristic inside conferences, permitting you to swap out the generic wall behind you for one thing a bit extra fascinating. From immediately inside a name, click on the three dots on the high of the display and select ‘Apply background results’.
Groups has a handful of presets, though you can too add your individual from native storage. Learn extra in our information on methods to change background on Microsoft Groups.
Reply with emojis
In a gathering with a lot of individuals, it is probably not acceptable to vocalise your emotions in direction of one thing being mentioned. The addition of emojis to Microsoft Groups means you may point out your ideas on one thing with out disrupting the dialog.
Along with the common ‘Increase Hand’ performance, there are ‘Like’, ‘Coronary heart’, ‘Applause’ and ‘Chuckle’ emojis. To entry them, search for the icon on the high of the display comprised of a hand and smiley face, like beneath:
Hopefully, Microsoft will likely be including a lot extra within the close to future.
See extra in our full information to Microsoft Groups.