Everything you need to know about Microsoft Teams new features in 2024

Microsoft Teams has been one of the most popular and widely used collaboration platforms in the world, especially after the pandemic that forced many businesses and organizations to switch to remote work. With more than 320 million active users per month, Microsoft Teams is constantly evolving and adding new features to enhance its functionality and user experience.

In this post, you will find a brief overview of the new features that are coming to Microsoft Teams in 2024, divided into three different sections: End users, Administrators, and Premium features. Each section will highlight some of the most important and exciting improvements that will make your communication and teamwork easier, faster, and more productive. You will also find links to more detailed information about each one of them.

What's new for Microsoft Teams


What’s new for Microsoft Viva – November 2023

AI-related updates and Copilot dominated the headlines in November, but Microsoft Viva and its employee experience platform also made significant progress. Viva Engage, in particular, announced several new features and updates to enhance employee engagement and communication. This month also marked the first integration of Copilot with Viva Insights, which will allow you to monitor the usage and impact of the various copilots within your organization through a PowerBi dashboard.

Microsoft Viva updtes


Get ready for a new Files experience in Microsoft Teams with the new OneDrive application

Microsoft recently released OneDrive 3.0, and it’s becoming increasingly essential for managing files in Microsoft 365. As part of this development, they are replacing the Files app in Microsoft Teams with the new OneDrive app experience. This update will bring performance improvements, more viewing options, and the latest features of OneDrive to both classic and new Teams.

This change affects the Files app accessed from the left side of the Teams desktop client, the Files app in the new Teams desktop client will now be called the OneDrive app.

OneDrive application in Microsoft Teams


How to manage your meetings better with Meet in Microsoft Teams

Are you looking for a better way to manage your meetings in Microsoft Teams? If so, you might want to check out the new Meet application, a central location for all your meetings.

With Meet in Microsoft Teams, you can access everything you need for your meetings in one convenient place. Whether you want to get ready for upcoming meetings, review what happened in previous ones, or find the recordings, chats, and recaps of your meetings, Meet has it all.

Microsoft Teams meet app


How to forward chat messages in Microsoft Teams

The forward message feature is a new capability that will enable you to send chat messages from one chat to another. You can forward messages from 1:1 chats, group chats and meeting chats. You can also add additional content to the message in order to provide context and clarity for the recipient.

For example, you can forward a message from a customer to your manager and ask for their input. You can forward a message from a colleague to a group chat and share their insights. You can forward a message from a meeting chat to a 1:1 chat and follow up on an action item.

Forward a Microsoft Teams message


What’s new for Microsoft Viva – October 2023

Microsoft Viva continues to grow and evolve, bringing exciting new updates to its suite of products in October 2023. This monthly update showcases Microsoft commitment to improving and expanding the Viva ecosystem.

In this post, you’ll find the latest enhancements, including a new version of Viva Connections and the introduction of Viva Home. These updates promise to make the Viva experience even more valuable and user-friendly. Let’s dive into the details of what’s new for Microsoft Viva this October.

Microsoft Viva updtes


How to create an Announcement in Microsoft Teams

In Microsoft Teams, announcements are a powerful tool for sharing essential updates and information within your channels. They stand out with their distinct formatting and offer a structured way of presenting important content.

This ensures that your message is noticed and provides extended visibility. It’s worth noting that announcements are exclusively available on channels, making them the preferred choice for highlighting important information and maintaining a clean and organized channel environment.

Microsoft Teams Announcement


How to switch the order of new messages in Microsoft Teams channels

With the update of Microsoft Teams Channels, Microsoft has modified the way we view messages. The change, shifting new messages from the bottom of the window to the top, and this created quite a buzz in the Teams community. Some welcomed the adjustment, while others found it a bit upsetting. The discrepancy in behavior between chats and channels left many users yearning for consistency.

To bridge the gap and offer a solution for all, Microsoft is now introducing a feature that allows each user to personalize the placement of new messages in channels – whether they prefer them at the top or the bottom of the window. This update is bound to provide a more customized Teams experience for all users.

Switch the order of Microsoft Teams channel messages


How to turn off incoming video in Microsoft Teams: Save bandwidth for better remote meetings

In today’s digital age, remote work and virtual meetings have become the norm. While the flexibility of working from home or anywhere else is a tremendous advantage, it does come with its own set of challenges. One of the most significant challenges is dealing with less-than-perfect internet connections. We’ve all been there – the video starts buffering, the audio gets choppy, and frustration sets in.

In such situations, every ounce of bandwidth becomes precious. This is where the ability to turn off incoming video in Microsoft Teams becomes a valuable feature. In this blog post, we’ll guide you through the process of disabling incoming video during a Teams meeting. By doing so, you can ensure a smoother and more efficient virtual meeting experience while conserving bandwidth.

Turn off incoming video Microsoft Teams


How to open the developer tools in the new Microsoft Teams client

Microsoft Teams has recently rolled out a new Teams client on both Windows and MacOS, utilizing the Edge WebView2 as the host, replacing Electron from the Teams Classic. While this transition promises several advantages, it has also brought some challenges for developers who rely on inspecting and debugging their apps using browser developer tools. In this blog post, I’m showing how to open developer tools in the new Microsoft Teams client and discuss the current limitations and workarounds.

New Microsoft Teams client debug


I've been working with Microsoft Technologies over the last ten years, mainly focused on creating collaboration and productivity solutions that drive the adoption of Microsoft Modern Workplace.