Microsoft Announces New Privacy and Security Features for Teams

Microsoft Teams is getting a much-needed upgrade in 2021.

At Microsoft’s virtual Ignite conference, the company has announced new privacy, security, and compliance features for Microsoft Teams that will begin rolling out this month. New features include Invite-only meeting controls, the ability to disable video, End-to-end encryption for 1:1 Teams calls, and Teams multigeo support.

Invite-only meeting controls will be available later this month, reads a report from ZDNet, and will enable Teams users to ensure that only intended participants are allowed to join a meeting.

The ability to disable video is also coming in the first half of 2021, and allows meeting hosts to disable the video of specific attendees if necessary.

Most notably, the collaboration software will now feature end-to-end encryption for calls and will be available for users in the first half of the year. This added layer of security will allow enterprises to reach security and compliance requirements by providing additional security options. End-to-end encryption can be enabled in unscheduled 1:1 meetings, and admins will be able to specify which users in the organization can utilize this encryption.

Lastly, multigeo support will be available in the first half of this year and enables multinational organizations greater control over the location of specific data centers where their Teams data is stored, right down to the team and user level.

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