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Microsoft today updated its Microsoft Teams software to add improvements to Teams Calling, making it easier for organizations and their employees to keep in contact with one another.

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The Calls app has been overhauled to bring all of the important phone call info to one space. It includes a dial pad, call history, voicemail, contacts, and settings for a better call workflow.

Call recordings can be shared in OneDrive and SharePoint, and there's a new spam identification tool that earmarks potential spam calls so they can be ignored. Teams will also "digitally attest" outgoing calls to prevent them from being rejected by external recipients.

Of interest to Apple users, Microsoft has added CarPlay support to allow Teams users to place and receive calls in the car. CarPlay will allow Siri and the built-in vehicle controls to place and answer calls. CarPlay integration is coming soon.

Teams in 2021 will support transferring calls between mobile and desktop, a useful feature for those who need to shift locations to finish a call. Other new features include call merging to simplify multiple conversations, a low data mode for data preservation purposes, and an enhanced reverse number lookup feature that displays the name of the caller.

Microsoft has more information on the changes coming to Microsoft Teams on its website.

Article Link: Microsoft Teams Getting CarPlay Integration and Device Swapping Support for Calls
 

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Microsoft today updated its Microsoft Teams software to add improvements to Teams Calling, making it easier for organizations and their employees to keep in contact with one another.

microsoft-teams-calls-interface.jpg

The Calls app has been overhauled to bring all of the important phone call info to one space. It includes a dial pad, call history, voicemail, contacts, and settings for a better call workflow.

Call recordings can be shared in OneDrive and SharePoint, and there's a new spam identification tool that earmarks potential spam calls so they can be ignored. Teams will also "digitally attest" outgoing calls to prevent them from being rejected by external recipients.

Of interest to Apple users, Microsoft has added CarPlay support to allow Teams users to place and receive calls in the car. CarPlay will allow Siri and the built-in vehicle controls to place and answer calls. CarPlay integration is coming soon.

Teams in 2021 will support transferring calls between mobile and desktop, a useful feature for those who need to shift locations to finish a call. Other new features include call merging to simplify multiple conversations, a low data mode for data preservation purposes, and an enhanced reverse number lookup feature that displays the name of the caller.

Microsoft has more information on the changes coming to Microsoft Teams on its website.

Article Link: Microsoft Teams Getting CarPlay Integration and Device Swapping Support for Calls
I don't need Teams everywhere.

I log off of Teams all the time during the work day.

This constant connection crap needs to stop.
Well a lot of people work out of their car and trucks, so you might not think you need it but their others like gig works who would. Who is going to bring you your food when you sit at home.
 

Cyberius11

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That's a pretty irresponsible feature. I'd rather see them spend their energy in better collaboration features instead of luring people into start using teams while driving a car.
Why? I participate in conference calls over teams when driving all the time. It's no different than a regular phone call. Being able to use Siri and having better CarPlay integration will only make it safer. It's not like they're displaying meeting content on the vehicle's display. My team is completely remote right now due to COVID and while Teams is not perfect, it has been very useful in keeping us all connected.
 

Pakaku

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Well a lot of people work out of their car and trucks, so you might not think you need it but their others like gig works who would. Who is going to bring you your food when you sit at home.
Well, no one who dies in a car crash is going to bring food to the table, that's for sure

Of course, Carplay itself is part of what's encouraging the problem, not just a MS Teams Carplay addon
 

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I'm curious:
To the people who think this is irresponsible / will cause distracted driving, is the stance that speaking over a communications device/network whilst driving is inherently unsafe (which some studies have shown may be true), or is there an assumption that other, visually-oriented Teams features (screenshare, video chat) will be in use as well?
I ask because CarPlay inherently disallows video and other "screen takeover" features for apps that support it, and nothing in this announcement indicates anything other than better voice integration with the update ... but I'm genuinely curious if I missed something.
 

ArtOfWarfare

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Ooooh... this sounds nice.

Tesla and Microsoft should work on bringing Teams to Tesla's vehicles. As always, Tesla should avoid having Apple/Google's middleware crap in between - actual native apps made by a competent developer are far superior to CarPlay, which is like having a Mac run Remote Desktop to access Microsoft Office.
 
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Pakaku

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I'm curious:
To the people who think this is irresponsible / will cause distracted driving, is the stance that speaking over a communications device/network whilst driving is inherently unsafe (which some studies have shown may be true), or is there an assumption that other, visually-oriented Teams features (screenshare, video chat) will be in use as well?
I ask because CarPlay inherently disallows video and other "screen takeover" features for apps that support it, and nothing in this announcement indicates anything other than better voice integration with the update ... but I'm genuinely curious if I missed something.
That article does a good job at explaining why talking is still a distraction. You end up having to multitask and juggle your focus on the road, listening to the speaker, forming responses in your head, and speaking them back. Just because your eyes are on the road during a call doesn't mean your headspace is, and accidents can happen so fast that even what we think is just a small distraction can still be pretty major.
 

gaximus

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Have you tried slack? I find slack so much worse lol
One my career I've been forced to use WebEx, Zoom, Meet, and Skype. I prefer Slack over all of those, but I could be bias as it was developed for developers and has the tools I need.
 
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