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Microsoft 365 feature roundup – December 22

Published: 4 January 2023

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Microsoft 365 feature roundup

December 2022

Our feature roundup contains curated highlights from the Microsoft 365 roadmap to help you identify value-adding tools and features that can help to improve the way you work.

This month’s roundup focuses on updates in Microsoft Teams.

In this month’s update
Microsoft Teams

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Microsoft Teams: Suggested Replies in Group Chats on Teams Desktop

Suggested Replies are now available in group chats on Teams Desktop, allowing you to select a quick response when you are mentioned in a group chat or when you are having a 1:1 conversation within a group chat.

To learn more, see Use suggested replies to respond to messages without typing in Teams

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 95618

Microsoft Teams: Collaborate in Teams meetings with Excel Live

With “Excel Live”, you can share and collaborate with Excel workbook in a meeting. This is handy when you want to get work done with your colleagues in a meeting, it seamlessly turns the meeting window canvas to an Excel workbook collaboration without having to move between windows and screens.

For e.g.: Budget sheet which needs input from all participants to collaborate, contribute, review and finalize.

While you are in a meeting, open Share tray and scroll down to Excel Live section Select the Excel workbook from the Most recently used file that you want to share and collaborate with others in the meeting. If you are not able to find the Excel workbook, you can also use “Browse OneDrive” or “Browse my computer” to select the workbook. Once the workbook is selected the share permission dialog will appear.

Click share to provide access to people invited to the meeting. The file will be loaded for all participants in Teams meeting window and ready for editing.

To learn more, see Excel Live in Teams meetings

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 96099

Microsoft Teams: New Fluent Emoji style coming to Teams emojis and reactions

This update will have Teams joining Microsoft 365 and Windows in updating all emojis and reactions to the new Microsoft Fluent emoji style, bringing users a more vibrant and expressive emoji experience.

To learn more, see Like or react to messages

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 88277

Microsoft Teams: Expanded reactions in Teams

This update will allow users to apply any emoji as a reaction to chat or channels messages. Users can choose from over 800 existing Teams emojis to express themselves the way they want. Browse all the reaction options or use the search bar to the find the reaction you want.

This feature update will also be delivered with a new reactions user experience to support the expanded reactions options. The reaction hover bar will now feature a reduced number of quick hover options to make space for an expanded reaction button. The reaction summary will also be moved from the top right of the message to the bottom of the message bubble to make space for the wide range of options that can now be added.

This will be available for Teams desktop apps (Windows and Mac), Teams mobile (Android and iOS), and Teams on the web.

To learn more, see Like or react to messages

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 88080

Microsoft Teams: Schedule Send for Teams Chat

Teams is introducing the schedule send feature that allows users to schedule chat messages to be delivered in the future. With this feature, we can help build better work-life balance and support flexible schedules by scheduling chat messages so that they only deliver during our peer’s work hours. Users can schedule messages to be delivered both on desktop and mobile. Additionally, all scheduled messages can be edit and delete before they are delivered.

To schedule a Teams message:

  1. Type your message then right-click the send icon
  2. Choose a date and time
  3. Select Send at scheduled time

This message is associated with Microsoft 365 Roadmap ID 88281

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