A new Microsoft Teams update could let you pull off the ultimate power move on your next call – but it could also be very disruptive to everyone on your team.
The video conferencing service has officially launched a new feature that will allow participants to announce the calls of everyone in a group at the same time.
The new “Mention Everyone” feature is similar to how Microsoft Teams users can currently “@mention” a specific person within a conversation – just a whole level above, as users will now have the option to @mention “Everyone person”.
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However, doing so will also get a notification for all participants in the conversation, which can cause a deafening tidal wave of pings and alerts on the various smart devices around your office.
An entry on the official Microsoft 365 roadmap (opens in a new tab), the company says the new feature will, “remove the hassle of mentioning everyone’s name one by one or someone is missing.” How true (or anxiety-inducing) this may be, only time can tell.
The feature appears to take inspiration from Microsoft Teams’ great rival Slack, which allows chat participants to mention everyone already in a chat by typing “@here”.
The new addition is rolling out now, and is available to all Microsoft Teams users across Android, Desktop, Web, Mac and iOS.
The news is the latest upgrade to Microsoft’s Teams chat feature as the company seeks to make the platform a comprehensive communications offering for users everywhere.
This includes a fix that will allow users to track entire chat threads after clicking on search message results. The update means that when users search for a chat message in Microsoft Teams and click on a message result, they are taken to a view containing the entire thread containing the desired message, rather than just one line of text as was the case.
The company is also said to be working hard on a new Team build that will offer major performance upgrades, which will help save your device’s battery life. The rewritten software “Microsoft Teams 2.0” is designed for modern machines, which means it should be more efficient, resulting in a faster experience and reduced battery drain for laptops.
Microsoft says that Teams 2.0 will consume half the memory of the same consumer account on Teams 1.0”, noting that larger businesses could issue more scalable hardware to some workers, saving costs. End users should be able to notice the resulting battery improvements while using the software.