Microsoft 365 News 01-06-2022: Supplier Announces Hide Your Video Feature for Teams Users

Microsoft sign at the entrance of a building at Redmond corporate headquarters.In Microsoft 365 news this week, the supplier announced plans to give Teams users the option to hide their video from themselves during meetings while still remaining visible to other attendees. Keep reading for more details about that new feature and other Microsoft 365 suite updates.

New Features

    • Automatic music detection in Teams
      • What’s happening: Microsoft plans to introduce an ML-based music detector that will generate a notification when music is present during Teams calls and meetings. The end user can indicate whether the music is a desired signal or unwanted background noise.
        • Rollout start: Late January 2022 for standard release; mid-February 2022 for GCC; early March 2022 for GCC-H; late March 2022 for DoD
        • Rollout finish: Mid-February 2022 for standard release; late February 2022 for GCC; early April 2022 for GCC-H; late April 2022 for DoD
    • Option to hide your video in Teams meetings
      • What’s happening: Microsoft is giving Teams users the ability to hide their video from themselves during meetings while still remaining visible to others. This new feature is meant to help combat meeting fatigue from processing your own image constantly during long calls.
        • Rollout start: January 2022 for standard release; late January 2022 for GCC; mid-February 2022 for GCC-H; end of February 2022 for DoD
        • Rollout finish: Early February 2022 for standard release; end of February 2022 for GCC; end of March 2022 for GCC-H; mid-March 2022 for DoD

Announcements

    • Delayed retirement of “Related content” feature in Classic Yammer
      • What’s happening: Microsoft previously announced plans to retire the “Related content” feature from Classic Yammer. To ensure the best possible user experience, the supplier has changed the retirement date from December 20, 2021, to January 7, 2022. Note: Microsoft recommends utilizing the new Yammer experience.
    • Delayed rollout of SharePoint app bar entry point for Microsoft 365 Lists
      • What’s happening: Microsoft previously announced plans to add an entry point to Microsoft 365 Lists in the SharePoint app bar. In accordance with learnings from early rings, the supplier decided to make alterations before moving forward with the rollout.
        • Rollout start: Early January 2022 (previously late November 2021 for targeted release)
        • Rollout finish: Mid-January 2022 (previously early December 2021 for targeted release)
    • Delayed rollout of Outlook on Web Groups icon change
      • What’s happening: Microsoft previously announced plans to change the Microsoft 365 Groups icon in the Groups section in the left navigation pane in Outlook on Web. To ensure the best possible user experience, the supplier has delayed this update.
        • Rollout start: Early January 2022 (previously mid-December 2021)
        • Rollout finish: Early February 2022 (previously late January 2022)
    • Delayed rollout of Microsoft 365 compliance center continuous compliance assessments
      • What’s happening: Microsoft previously announced plans to improve Compliance Manager’s automated testing and evidence generation capabilities. To ensure the best possible user experience, the supplier has delayed the implementation of this enhancement.
        • Rollout start: Mid-January 2022 (previously early December 2021)
        • Rollout finish: Mid-February 2022 (previously late January 2022)
    • Delayed rollout of enhanced SharePoint site creation experience
      • What’s happening: Microsoft previously announced plans to improve the SharePoint site creation experience. Enhancements include more context for different site permission levels, better graphics and more thorough site descriptions. To ensure the best possible user experience, the supplier has delayed the implementation of these improvements.
        • Rollout finish: Mid-January 2022 (previously mid-December 2021) for standard release
    • Delayed rollout of end-to-end encryption for Teams calls
      • What’s happening: Microsoft previously announced plans to introduce support in Teams for end-to-end encryption for ad hoc 1:1 VoIP calls. To ensure the best possible user experience, the supplier has altered the implementation timeline for this feature.
        • Rollout start: Early December 2021 (previously early November 2021)
        • Rollout finish: Early January 2022 (previously late December 2021)

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