Microsoft news recap: Immersive Reader comes to Outlook on the desktop, gamescom 2021 special events planned, and more

Jack Wilkinson

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Microsoft news recap is a weekly feature highlighting the top Microsoft news stories of the past week. Sit back, grab some coffee, and enjoy the read!

Microsoft and SAP India launch a tech skilling program for underserved women in India

A new skilling program, TechSaksham, has been jointly launched by Microsoft and Sap India to help underserved women in India build careers in technology.

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Samsung unveils Galaxy Z Fold3 and expanded Microsoft partnership

Samsung’s latest folding phone, the Galaxy Z Fold3, has been unveiled. As part of the unveiling, an expanded partnership with Microsoft was also showcased. At the event, focusing on developments with Microsoft’s apps, particularly Microsoft Teams.

For instance, when you unfold a Galaxy mobile device, you can see a presentation in full-screen detail and the faces of your co-workers on the Teams call underneath. Also, on that Teams call, pull up the Whiteboard and draw what you’re explaining on the board with an S Pen. With Microsoft Outlook’s dual-pane mode for Galaxy devices, you can read a full email while previewing others on the side, just like on a desktop.

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Microsoft adds Immersive Reader to Outlook on the desktop, Teams mobile apps, and more

Outlook’s Immersive Reader has expanded from the web over to desktop clients and Teams mobile apps. The feature is rolling out to Office 365 users.

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Microsoft plans special events for all virtual gamescom 2021 later this month

gamescom 2021 is right around the corner, and whilst it’s a virtual event, Microsoft is planning special events for it. An Xbox FanFest is expected, as well as an Xbox gamescom sale that will take place in Europe.


This week in Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams public preview now lets users swap meeting content with Gallery view

A new feature is rolling out in public preview that brings the ability to swap meeting content with the Gallery view by clicking on participants’ video feeds.

New Microsoft Teams feature to make it easier for parents to connect with teachers

“Parent connection” is a new feature that is scheduled for release in October that will make it easier for parents to connect with teachers via chat. With Parent connection in Teams for Education, educators can easily connect and engage with the parents and guardians of their class using Teams chat. All parent and guardian data is provisioned using School Data Sync, saving educators and IT staff valuable time.”

Microsoft Teams Rooms devices get auto answer option for Meet Now calls, 1080p resolution support, and more

Enhancements have been announced for Microsoft Teams Rooms devices, including an auto-answer option for Meet Now calls, a room remote feature to manage devices via phone, as well as 1080p resolution for video streaming.

Microsoft acquires Israeli video stream company Peer5, will build into Teams

Peer5, an Israeli-based video streaming company, has been acquired by Microsoft, and the company plans to use its technology to improve video streaming in Microsoft Teams.

Microsoft Teams on the web is getting custom backgrounds support

Custom backgrounds support is coming to Microsoft Teams on the web in September, allowing users to replace their actual background with an image.

That’s it for this week. We will be back next week with more Microsoft news.