Here’s what’s new in Microsoft Teams for August 2023

Devesh Beri

The latest Microsoft Teams update in August 2023 has introduced new features and enhancements that cater to the evolving needs of users. This update focuses on improving meetings, collaboration, and communication, bringing dynamic elements, device certifications, and practical solutions. The update includes immersive animated backgrounds and intelligent camera experiences designed to create a more seamless and personalized Teams environment for users worldwide.

Here is an overview of the new features added to Microsoft Teams in August 2023, sorted by category:


  • Animated Backgrounds for immersive virtual environments.
  • Improved dynamic emergency calling support.
  • Notifications for protected voicemails.


  • Attendees can join public webinars using up to three devices.

Teams Phone:

  • Simplified call delegation UI and enhancements.
  • Hotline phones for quick connections.
  • UI updates and improvements for Teams Phone devices.
  • Teams Shared Device license is available on the Android mobile app.
  • Newly certified devices, including AudioCodes phones and headsets.

Chat and Collaboration:

  • Enhanced chat message hover menu for easier editing and replying.
  • Compact chat mode for improved readability.
  • Task list syncing in Microsoft Loop.

Teams Rooms and Devices:

  • Video gallery segmentation with unified backgrounds.
  • Spatial audio support for Teams Rooms on Windows speakers.
  • Multi-stream IntelliFrame for improved meeting experiences.
  • Cloud IntelliFrame video processing for immersive experiences.
  • Face enrollment for better recognition in Teams Rooms.
  • Scan the QR code on Teams Panels for quick room reservations.
  • New remote management settings for Teams Panels.
  • New certified Cisco, Lenovo, Logitech, Yealink, and more certified devices.

Frontline Workers and Vertical Solutions:

  • Notifications of improvements in Shifts.
  • Improved Shift notification deep links.
  • Deploy Teams at Scale with dynamic teams.
  • AutoConnect feature for Walkie Talkie.

IT Admin and Security:

  • Proactive monitoring of meeting quality with Real-time telemetry.


  • Improved Teams and Channels layout on Android.
  • Language and translated caption options for Android.


  • Pre-pin meeting apps via Admin Policy.
  • Graph API for Teams Meetings Transcripts.
  • New collaborative apps, including Typeface, MiClient, and more.

Teams Premium:

  • Option to show only custom org backgrounds.

Teams for Education:

  • Support for Grading Period in Teams Assignments.
  • Alternative Grading Schemes and Announcements in Teams Assignments.

In conclusion, the August 2023 updates for Microsoft Teams offer a diverse range of improvements that address various aspects of collaboration and communication.