Quick Update: Microsoft Teams has some new tricks!

March 02, 2017

Remember when Microsoft Teams came out and I made a bold statement that eventually, we would see all of the features of SfB make their way to Teams.  Well, we are a few more steps closer.

What’s New

Compose Box

First, the compose box has gotten a fresh new look.  Now instead of trying to find everything (attach, GIF, etc) under one button now each has their own.

This just makes the compose process a lot easier to find features.

Markdown Support

More tricks for the compose box.

add asterisks to either end of some text to make it bold
underscore the beginning and end of some text in order to make it italic
add a tilde before and after your text to strike through
Add a double pound sign (##) before your text to create a Header
Type (URL) to create a hyperlink within a message
To start a bulleted list, preface your text with an asterisk (*) or a hyphen (-)
To start a numbered list, preface your text with
To create a block quote, just add a right-hand bracket (>) before your text
Even better, our markdown syntax includes support for code:

To add an inline block of code, start and end the block of text you want to add with an `
To add a multi-line block of code, preface your text with “` and then paste it into your compose box

Call Transfer/Hold

Yep, you read that right.  Microsoft Teams can now put calls on hold and transfer them to another user.

Here we can see a call in-progress and I have the ability to hold and transfer.  If I click the Transfer button we get a list of folks that are at the top of your chat window along with the ability to search for more people.

It’s a blind transfer although you could do what we do in SfB and simply “chat” with the person you want to transfer it to before you do that.

App Features

Under the app settings we have new features including to stop Teams from launching at Windows Login, Open App in Background and on close to keep the app running.

Other Stuff

Presence is fixed, so you will no longer go to yellow away when your mouse isn’t active within the app (i.e. background app works) and now you can have up to 999 users in a Team.


So more features make their way over to the newest calling/conferencing/chat tool from Microsoft.  I’m hanging to my prediction.





Written by Richard Richard is an Office Apps & Services MVP (Teams / Skype) who lives in Minneapolis, MN. Microsoft Certified Solutions Master (MCSM) and MCSM Instructor - when those were a thing long ago. When not writing code, breaking teams - debate coach and avid golfer.
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