A new Microsoft Teams update could give you the ultimate powerhouse on your next call — but it could also cause you to seriously annoy everyone on your team.
The video conferencing service has officially launched a new feature that allows call participants to mention everyone in a group at once.
The new Mention Everyone feature is similar to how Microsoft Teams users can currently @mention a specific person in a chat – only up a whole level as users will now have the ability to @ everyone mention.
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However, this also means that everyone in the chat will receive a notification, potentially unleashing a deafening tidal wave of pings and alerts across the various smart devices in your office.
In his entry on the official Microsoft 365 roadmap (opens in new tab), the company says the new feature will be to “remove the hassle of mentioning each person’s name individually or missing someone.” How true (or scary) this may be, only time will tell.
The feature appears to be inspired by Microsoft Teams’ great rival Slack, which already allows chat participants to mention everyone in a chat by typing “@here”.
The new addition is rolling out now and is available to all Microsoft Teams users on Android, desktop, web, Mac and iOS.
The news is the latest upgrade to Microsoft Teams chat functionality as the company seeks to make the platform a comprehensive communications offering for users around the world.
This includes a fix that allows users to track entire chat conversation threads after clicking on a search message’s results. The update means that when users search for a chat message in Microsoft Teams and click a message result, they’re taken to a view that includes the full thread with the message they’re looking for, rather than just a single line of text as was previously the case.
The company is also reportedly working hard on a new build of Teams that will offer important performance improvements and help extend your device’s battery life. The rewritten “Microsoft Teams 2.0” software was designed for modern computers, which means it should be more efficient, resulting in a faster experience and lower battery drain for laptops.
Microsoft says that “Teams 2.0 will consume half the storage of the same consumer account on Teams 1.0,” while reducing RAM and CPU usage could result in companies handing out more discounted hardware to some employees, saving them money. The resulting battery improvements should also be noticeable to end users when using the software.