Microsoft introduces new calling features for Teams

Rabia Noureen

Microsoft Teams Personal Features

Microsoft has just announced some new calling capabilities for Microsoft Teams, all of which are designed to help meetings be a little more seamless (via ZDNet). The list of new features includes call transfer, CarPlay support, streamlined calling experience, spam reduction, and more.

“As calls and online meetings have increased, Microsoft has worked on continually improving our features and services to help you collaborate across teams, create clarity and maintain the human connection that went from the hallways of work to digital spaces. To complement the calling experience in Teams is a robust portfolio of Teams phones designed for the places and ways you stay connected,” the company explained.

The first set of these capabilities include the ability to transfer calls between desktop and mobile apps. Users will be able to transfer an existing call and end it automatically on all other devices or join without audio on an additional device. The feature can benefit users who often need to change locations or devices to finish their calls. The company plans to release it in early 2021.

In addition, the company has also introduced support for CarPlay feature in Microsoft Teams. With CarPlay, users will be able to make and receive Teams calls using their vehicle’s built-in controls. There is no word on when the company is planning to bring Android Auto support, though.

Considering the increased number of spam calls currently being reported by the users, Microsoft has also added a new spam identification capability. The new feature identifies potential spam calls to prevent incoming calls from unknown numbers. Moreover, the app will now digitally attest outgoing calls to keep them from being rejected by external recipients.

Wrapping up the list of announcements is the introduction of some new options for record meetings in Microsoft Teams. The company noted that Admins will now be able to set OneDrive or SharePoint as the default recording storage location in Microsoft Teams. It is worth noting that all these new features are in addition to other new calling capabilities that were announced in August.