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What’s New in Microsoft Teams? – March 2021

by | Mar 19, 2021 | Cloud Services

What's New in Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams has some new features and updates which will further increase productivity and collaboration within your teams. From creating Approvals to sending emojis in meetings, discover what’s new below!

Approvals in Teams

If you need client documents, project proposals or internal files approved, you can now create, manage and share approvals in Microsoft Teams. You can send an approval flow through a chat, a channel conversation or from the approvals app itself. Once you have created an approval, the selected approver/s will be notified and will be able to act on the request.


Updates within meetings

Emojis in meetings

You can now express your feelings with an emoji reaction within meetings. Choose from like, love, applause, and laugh. Just a little bit of interaction goes a long way.

Send emojis within Microsoft Teams Meetings


Using the shortcut Ctrl+Shift+K (Command+Shift+K on macOS) allows you to raise and lower your hand in meetings and Ctrl+Shift+L (Command+Shift+L on macOS) will allow the screen reader to see who has their hand raised.

Start, stop and resume presenting

Pick up where you left off when presenting PowerPoint slides, whether you have:

  • Stopped presenting midway and then need to resume and share where you left off
  • Or if you are presenting with a colleague and are to taking turns
  • A meeting that has overrun and needs to carry on the next day

Anyone with access to the presentation in the meeting has the ability to resume presenting from where it was last left, making presenting a seamless operation.

Image of a Teams meeting banner asking if you want to resume presenting from the last slide you were on, with a button to dismiss or resume

Easily re-visit your history

Using the back arrow at the top, left of the app, easily revisit areas you have been to within the Teams app. When hovering over the arrow, a dropdown list of your most recent conversations, apps and activities will appear. You can then select from this list and immediately revisit that spot in Teams.

New scenes in Together mode

Just for fun, there are some new scenes in together mode for your team to explore. From under the sea to the auditorium, once you are in Together mode during a meeting, you can change the scene by selecting Change scene, which is located at the bottom left corner of your meeting.


Breakout Rooms


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