An upcoming update to Microsoft Teams could spice up workplace calling by providing a new way to message friends (or enemies) in the office.
The video conferencing service adds a feature that will allow users to send meeting notifications to a specific person while on a call, allowing them to respond or respond privately.
The new “targeted meeting notifications” tool will use a bot to ensure that your message remains (relatively) secret and only delivered to the intended recipient.
Microsoft Teams notifications
In his post on official Microsoft 365 roadmap (opens in a new tab)The company doesn’t provide many details on how this feature works, but it seems likely that it will work as a separate option during a meeting or call, allowing the user to interact directly with one other participant.
The feature is still listed as “in development”, but its general availability date is scheduled for February 2023, meaning users won’t have to wait too long to experience it.
Microsoft says that once released, the feature will be available to Teams users on both desktop and mobile platforms, including Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS.
This version is the latest in a series of Microsoft Teams updates as the company wants to make its platform more personal and appealing to users around the world.
It recently announced a fix that will allow users to follow full chat conversation threads when clicking on the message search results, meaning when users click on the Teams message search result, they will be taken to a view that contains the full thread containing the desired message, not just a single line of text .
But on the flip side of the latest addition, the platform has also launched a feature that will allow chat participants to mention everyone in the group at once.
Similar to how users can currently “@mention” a specific person in a chat, Microsoft Teams users will now be able to @mention “Everyone”. This means that all chat participants will receive a notification, which means everyone will get a nudge, but it will also lead to a potentially deafening cacophony of pings and alerts on devices all over the office.