Webinars Leads Teams Features

Microsoft is continually improving Teams – in their continual battle to beat Zoom in the video conferencing space. Previously, Microsoft enabled users to utilize Teams for webinars using “Live Events. ” But the addition of Teams Pro in early May will make the experience more user friendly for those who want to use the collaboration tool for webinars. The new Teams features for webinars promote richer customer engagements.

As companies anticipate a return to the office, Microsoft is betting on the role that remote work will play in the future.

Webinars made easy with addition of Teams Pro

Microsoft announced the specifics of their plan at Ignite 2021 in March. The plan rolled out in early May. Teams Pro features webinar registration and reporting functionalities. These added functionalities will allow webinar organizers to use event registration with automated emails – both prior to the start of the event (as a reminder) and also following the webinar.

In addition, setting up and running webinars is now just as easy as meetings in Teams. Easily add a custom attendee registration page to your meeting or webinar to manage attendance before and after your webinar. Following registration, attendees automatically receive an email confirmation for a simple join experience.

Setting up a webinar in Teams
Webinar registration

More Enhancements

Meetings

There are many new functionalities as well in the area of meetings. The presenter now has more flexibility in how meetings are viewed. Rolling out at the end of July 2021, we will see the addition of two new modes:

  1. Reporter Mode – the content is placed as a visual aid above your shoulder (similar to a news reporter).
reporter mode

2. Side-by-side Mode– the content is displayed alongside of your video feed.

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Side-by-side modeTo learn more about the new features in Teams, visit our blog.

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