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Posted on March 19, 2020 by Dan May
With more people now working remotely, we recognise that many people are looking to make use of Microsoft Teams in new ways, especially for connecting, messaging and calling other colleagues.
In this short vlog, Dan May demonstrates:
This is a short vlog looking at how Teams can be used for calls and chats, but there is plenty more this technology can do in terms of collaboration. Microsoft Teams is changing the way groups collaborate and work together. As well as providing great remote working tools such as instant messaging and video conferencing, it’s also changing the way people can come together with others, both inside and outside of your organisation, to share documents in real-time, plan projects and work plans, run meetings and share resources. There is a more in-depth vlog which looks at the structure of Teams itself, which is available here.
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In our video, we demonstrate how teams can be used to call multiple colleagues at once. From within your messenger window, you can invite and call up to 100 participants from around the business, or even choose to include guests.
Yes, a host or a participant can share their screen with others on the call. This function is available from within the option box that appears at the centre of your screen during a video call (hovering over the buttons will reveal each feature).
The “share” option allows users to share their desktop, or a specific window or application they have open. This gives you full control of what part of your screen is shared during video calls.
To end the screen share at any point, simply reopen Microsoft Teams and toggle the “share” button to return to a video call.
Whilst external or guest access is turned off by default, users can change the settings for their calls to allow those from outside their organisations to appear on video calls too. For more information on this feature, read our article on guest access for video calling those outside of your business.
When using Microsoft Teams for video calls, users can enjoy flexibility with their backgrounds. These can be configured in a number of ways.
These background options help users control their level of privacy when using the video call function on Microsoft Teams, which can be especially helpful for those working remotely or away from the office.
From within the messenger pane, you can confidently chat with other colleagues in private. This is not accessible from outside the app, or by other users.