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Microsoft Newsletter - July

Read below for all the latest news and updates from Microsoft this month.

Microsoft Teams Update - Introducing Together Mode

Together mode is a new meeting experience in Teams that uses AI segmentation technology to digitally place participants in a shared background, making it feel like you’re sitting in the same room with everyone else in the meeting or class. Together mode makes meetings more engaging by helping you focus on other people’s faces and body language and making it easier to pick up on the non-verbal cues that are so important to human interaction.


Microsoft Teams Update - Video Filters

We’ve all become familiar with video filters used in photography and social media apps, and now Microsoft are bringing them to Teams. Before joining a meeting, you can use the filters to subtly adjust lighting levels and soften the focus of the camera to customise your appearance.

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Microsoft Teams Update - Dynamic View

While Together mode offers an extraordinary new meeting experience, it’s not intended for every meeting. Microsoft believe that traditional video meetings people use every day can also be more engaging and dynamic. A set of enhancements they call dynamic view gives you more control over how you see shared content and other participants in a meeting. Using AI, meetings dynamically optimise shared content and video participants.

New controls, including the ability to show shared content and specific participants side-by-side, let you personalise the view to suit your preferences and needs. Dynamic view builds on the meetings enhancements Microsoft announced last month, which include large gallery view (rolling out in August), where you can see video of up to 49 people in a meeting simultaneously, and virtual breakout rooms, which allow meeting organisers to split meeting participants into smaller groups for things like brainstorming sessions or workgroup discussions.

Microsoft Whiteboard Update

Visual collaboration tools can make meetings and teaching environments more effective and inclusive. Whiteboard in Teams will soon be updated with new features including faster load times, sticky notes, text, and drag and drop capabilities. These features enable team members who don’t have access to a touchscreen or Surface Hub to participate in whiteboarding sessions during Teams meetings.

Security and Compliance Promotion for Microsoft 365 F3

Customers may acquire the Security and Compliance promotion for Microsoft 365 F3 for its Microsoft 365 F3 licensed users, provided all of the Customer’s users with Dedicated Devices have either Microsoft 365 E5 licenses or both the Microsoft 365 E5 Security and Microsoft 365 E5 Compliance licenses.

A Dedicated Device is a computing device used for work with a 10.1” screen or larger, used by the user more than 60% of the users total work time during any 90-day period. The Security and Compliance promotion for Microsoft 365 F3 offer includes Microsoft 365 E5 Security, Microsoft 365 E5 Compliance, Office 365 Data Loss Prevention, Exchange Online Archiving, and eDiscovery Hold and Export for SharePoint Online (including OneDrive for Business files).

Windows 7 ESU Promotion for Windows E5, M365 E5, and M365 E5 Security Users

Users licensed with Windows E5, Microsoft 365 E5, or Microsoft 365 E5 Security SLs through an Enterprise Agreement or Enterprise Agreement Subscription as of January 14, 2020 (“Qualified Users”) may use up to five simultaneous devices to run a local OSE covered by Windows 7 ESU for 2020 or access virtual OSEs covered by Windows 7 ESU for 2020 without the need for a Windows 7 ESU license.

Customer may acquire Windows 7 ESU 2021 & 2022 and Windows 7 ESU 2021 & 2022 for Microsoft 365 licenses for such devices without the need to acquire the 2020 ESU license if the devices were used solely by Qualified Users for the duration of the ESU 2020 coverage period. These devices must be assigned ESU licenses for all respective years if used by any users not currently licensed with Windows E5, Microsoft 365 E5, or Microsoft 365 E5 Security SLs.

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Written by Catherine Newton, Microsoft Vendor Alliance Manager

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