When Microsoft Teams was initially announced, it was positioned as a workplace collaboration tool to compete with platforms like Slack. Today, Microsoft Teams has become a place where you can communicate like you do on Discord, WhatsApp, and the company is hoping the platform can be optimized for consumers as well.
In the latest effort to improve the team chatting experience, Microsoft is introducing a new feature called “chat bubbles” – a feature that will be familiar to Messenger or WhatsApp users.
On your mobile, when you receive a new message, a chat bubble (a floating notification alert) appears on the screen and stays on top of everything you do on the screen for a few seconds. Microsoft is trying to recreate this experience on Windows 10 and macOS by enabling support for new chat bubbles in Teams.
As you can see in the screenshot above, Microsoft Teams chat bubbles will appear on the main screen of a meeting and help participants easily follow the chat. Currently, users need to open the chat window on the right side of the app and scroll through the chat history to find the latest post.
With chat bubbles, chats will appear on the screens of all meeting participants and allow users to participate in the chat without having to switch to the current chat screen. This feature will make “the chat more central to the conversation,” Microsoft said.
Of course, you can always turn off the bubbles if you don’t like the idea.
The chat bubble feature will start rolling out in mid-July and will be available to everyone by the end of the month.
Pagination on a large gallery in Microsoft Teams
Microsoft Teams Large Gallery Mode currently lets you view up to 49 videos onscreen. To help users view up to 98 videos on the screen, Microsoft is introducing paging support in Teams.
In the current Large Gallery view, when you have more than 49 videos, you can soon use the “pagination” function, that is, the navigation controls. < et > to view the video of other participants.
The navigation controls will appear below the large gallery and users can click the buttons to view or interact with more video participants.
This feature will also begin rolling out to users in the coming weeks. If you can’t wait, you can always subscribe to the Microsoft Teams preview program and start testing experimental improvements.
In addition to these quality improvements, Microsoft Teams also appears to support new presenter modes, including reporter mode, an improved large gallery on mobile, and more.