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Microsoft Teams Displays Update | June 2021

Published Jun 28 2021 08:00 AM 31K Views

In this month’s update to the Teams display you will see that the experience is becoming increasingly personalized to your preferences and working style. We also would love to hear from you about how you use your Teams display! Please comment below on where you use your display and how you use it to stay productive and in the flow of work.


1. New Wallpapers for display screen

Feeling a new change? A new array of wallpapers are now available for use on Teams Devices in a variety of colors and designs. Select one based on your mood, the weather, or close your eyes and choose one at random for a fun surprise to back your ambient screen, calendar, and other apps.


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2. Live captions 1:1 calls

Come again, say what? No matter how hard we try to listen actively, sometimes it can just be hard to understand what our colleagues are saying. Whether that is due to language barriers or noise distractions, this new feature in the display writes out what is being said in a 1:1 call in real time. These captions are available in US English and will not be available on the government cloud.

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3. Presenter can unmute participants without “Raise Hand”

In a meeting where there are presenter and attendant roles, usually the attendants will be muted to prevent and disturbances to the content. In order to contribute with video or audio, an attendant would have had to raise their hand and the presenter would manually unmute them. With this new meeting setting, an attendant can unmute themselves to make a contribution without waiting for the presenter. This will improve the natural engagement to the meeting people and content and can encourage self-selected participation.

4. Microsoft Outlook Contacts will be available on Teams displays in read-only mode

If you have contacts that are saved in Microsoft Outlook with a phone number, these contacts are now visible in the People app. While only the phone number for each contact can be seen today, this is an easy way to search for Outlook connections and dial out with a few taps of a finger.


5. Improved usability for advanced calling features

While using your display a few new options are now available to give you additional information and processes depending on your needs. When you select the drop down arrow within the active call indicator icon, you can see the status of the person you are clicking on and a few quick actions like calling a related contact. Additionally, if one of your contacts has multiple numbers, you can now use this drop down to select which number to contact before placing an outgoing call.

When a boss or admin are in calls, the touch target to see call status has been updated. Pressing these contacts will show an action sheet to either see call status or to make an outgoing call to them.

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6. Support for DTMF in Pre-Call Screen

Dual-tone multifrequency (DTMF) will now be available in pre-call screens which can easily facilitate quick responses for auto attendant scenarios.

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Will these updates show up for Teams Desk phones?

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@Will Wilson - Give this post a looksie - What’s new for Teams phones | June 2021 - Microsoft Tech Community. I was linked to it (and started looking at other blogs including this one) from the Message Center in M365 which also said:

Message Summary

We have recently introduced some important new features and performance improvements for Microsoft Teams on Desk Phones that will help your users to be more productive. Of these, the ability to transfer meetings/calls to a device is perhaps the biggest productivity enabler.

  • Add or Transfer Meetings/Call to Device
  • Background replacement on video phones
  • Contacts in Microsoft Outlook are now available (read-only mode)
  • Live captions are now available for calls
  • Usability improvements
  • Ongoing enhancements to improve user experience when using a delegate on touch screens
  • Dial pad is available for early media scenarios to facilitate quick responses for auto attendant scenarios
  • Enforcement of authentication policies and tenant-based policies set by admin
  • Bug fixes for LLDP for E911 and authentication

When this will happen:

This latest update for Teams is ready to be downloaded and installed.

I'm not sure there's 100% feature parity here, but there's a lot!

Let me know how it goes. I'll be updating my Teams Desk phones over the weekend!


Hi will these features also come to Microsoft Teams for home users ? if so when ? you take care of accounts at work, in the office or at school you add new features and your product Teams for Home does not get new features change your policy after all you want Teams to be for everyone that is your slogan so if it is for everyone then make new features available to everyone after all Thank you for your attention User Teams for Home 

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@Marcin2045 you should also put that in Under Voice,

You could link to this page from there to.

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