The Microsoft team announced a series of functions that will be implemented in Teams to adapt to the hybrid work mode.
The idea is that Microsoft Teams will facilitate meetings and teamwork, even when part of the group is at the workplace, and the rest working remotely.
One of the features that will be implemented in Microsoft Teams rooms is called “Front Row.” It’s a new design for video calls, which will put users working remotely at the bottom of the screen so they are “face-to-face” with the rest of the team in the room.
And of course, the screen will also display the chat, tasks, agenda, or any content shared in the meeting. On the other hand, to create this feeling that all team members share the same room, they have also taken into account taking advantage of the space of all available screens.
So you can change the way the gallery layout is divided in video calls, depending on whether the content is shared or if there is an additional screen. That way users who are working remotely will have more prominence on screen and it will feel like they are present in the room.
And as a bonus, Microsoft Teams rooms will take advantage of live reactions and chat bubbles so that everyone can express themselves even if they are not speaking in front of the camera. So no matter whether they are in the office or at home, each team member will be able to feel integrated with the rest of the group.
And this is not the only change focused on the hybrid workspace. They have also introduced the new Microsoft Whiteboard with new features that make it easier to work remotely as a team.