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Microsoft Announces New Personal Features in Teams for Mobile, Desktop

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Microsoft has today announced the general availability of personal features in Teams to people around the world on desktop, mobile, and web. These features make your online calls feel like you’re in the same place as your loved ones, bringing you closer to the people you care about.

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Alongside, the company is also adding new meeting and chat experiences — video calls with Together mode, live emoji reactions and GIFs, shared to-do lists, assigned tasks, and polls.

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Here’s a brief rundown of the new personal features in Microsoft Teams:

Together mode

With Together mode, you can choose from a variety of new virtual environments for your video calls, such as a family lounge, coffee shop, or even a summer resort to make your calls more engaging, fun, and connected, even when you’re apart.

Live emoji reactions and GIFs

You can now add more emotions and personality to your Teams meetings using live emoji reactions and GIFs.

Take it beyond chat and bring plans to life

Once in a group chat, you can create a shared to-do list and assign tasks to others in the group. Everyone in the group can view and edit task details or check-off items when completed.

Create Polls

Polling is a great way to track decisions such as where to meet for dinner or what day to hold Grandma’s birthday party. What makes Teams unique is that once the poll is completed, anyone in the group can take action based on the results, whether it’s adding a group event or assigning tasks.

Personal features in Teams are available today, for free, and for people around the world. If you’re using Teams for work, just click on your profile to add a personal account. If you’re new to Teams, you can download the iOS or desktop app to get started today.

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