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Microsoft 365 Weekly Round-up

Posted by Alex Henry | May 4, 2020 9:15:00 AM

A look at the last week of Microsoft 365 news, headlines, and feature announcements that caught our attention.


New "Tasks in Teams" app for Microsoft Teams is coming soon

Starting in May, the Planner app in Microsoft Teams will be updated to the new "Tasks" app. This new update will bring your tasks from both Microsoft To Do and Planner into once place.


Image source: techcommunity.microsoft.com

Don't worry, this update will not replace Microsoft To Do or Planner as independent apps in Microsoft 365.  This change will simply replaces the existing "Planner" app available in the Microsoft Teams store.


Differential Sync now Available in OneDrive for Windows 10

Do you regularly work on large files in OneDrive for Business?  Good news, the Windows 10 OneDrive app will now only sync the changes you make to files, instead of the entire file.  This is already a thing for Office document but has now been expanded to other document types. 

No word yet on if/when this will be available to MacOS users.


Get More Faces on Screen with the 3x3 Grid in Microsoft Team Meetings

You asked for it (literally) and it's now being rolled out!  You will soon be able to have up to nine people on screen at the same time in Team meetings!


Image source: techcommunity.microsoft.com

This feature is just starting to rollout and will continue to hit tenant over the coming weeks.  While Team meetings can support up to 250 people at the time of writing this, many of us have longed to be able to see more than four people on a screen at once.  

The team at Microsoft has also eluded to increasing the grid of participants even more in the future.  We'll be keeping a close eye on how this progresses!


Bigger Group Chats in Teams Coming Soon

When you need to connect a LOT of people across your organization quickly, a group chat always has your back (yes that rhyme was intentional).  Teams group chats will soon support up to 250 people.

It's worth mentioning that any group chat beyond 20 users will lose some features, such as Outlook automatic replies, status messages, typing indicators, video & audio calling, sharing and read receipts.



Topics: Office 365, Microsoft 365, Microsoft Teams

Written by Alex Henry

Alex is a passionate champion of the Modern Workplace philosophy and continuous learning. Learning new technology for collaboration and communication is a hobby. Helping friends, family, clients, and colleagues find smarter ways to use this modern technology to solve old problems is a passion. In the parting words of Bill Watterson's Calvin and Hobbes: "It's a magical world.... let's go exploring!"


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