Users of Microsoft Teams will soon receive a new tool that will make slides more visible to a meeting host during events. Microsoft calls the feature Dynamic View, and it is for the desktop version of the service. Microsoft says the tool will roll out to all users during March. Microsoft also has some new features coming to Android users.
Starting with Dynamic View, it allows meeting hosts to have better visibility of content shared in a group. The tool automatically adjusts the size of content, such as images and slides during a meeting.
In the Microsoft Teams roadmap, Microsoft explains how the tool will help video participants:
“Dynamic view automatically optimizes shared content and video participants in Teams meetings. New controls let you personalize the view to suit your preferences and needs, such as the ability to show shared content and specific participants side-by-side.”
Elsewhere, desktop users will also be getting more scenes for Together Mode. This is a feature that leverages AI to take the faces of participants in a meeting and place them in a virtual room.
Teams on Android
Over on Android, the roadmap shows a few new tools coming to mobile users of Teams. Background effects are now extending to Google's platform. Microsoft has recently updated Teams to make it even easier to place a custom background on a video feed. Thanks to the new simplified method, new custom backgrounds can be added in seconds.
Microsoft spent much of 2020 playing catch up to Zoom during the COVID-19 pandemic. Heading into the crisis, Zoom was well-placed to become the video conferencing tool of choice. Microsoft was at the time still pushing Teams as more of a workplace collaboration package.
As COVID-19 changed the enterprise landscape and the work at home era began, Microsoft saw the potential of Teams as a rival to Zoom. It's true Teams is unlikely to match Zoom's huge numbers. However, there's no doubt Teams is a huge success in its own right.
That can be seen by the fact Zoom is now moving the other way. Whereas Microsoft has been pushing Teams against its rival, Zoom is now pushing back. We recently reported the company is now working on its own email and calendar service in an effort to become more of a rounded enterprise tool.
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