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New 12 months, new assembly enhancements in Microsoft Groups

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As we head into 2024, the air is full of resolutions, aspirations, and targets for the brand new yr. As people, we attempt to raised ourselves within the coming yr. The Groups product group additionally strives to make your conferences higher. We’re excited to share how Groups is getting higher with updates that may assist you customise each assembly, current content material seamlessly, and improve assembly effectivity with simplified processes.


Under we’ll take a better have a look at how we’re evolving conferences in Groups to ship new partaking and versatile controls that assist you stage up your conferences in 2024.


Meet comfortably and confidently with customizable assembly views

The assembly stage, or gallery, is on the core of the digital assembly expertise and may both hinder or improve assembly effectivity relying in your wants. We’re excited to share how we’re evolving the default gallery expertise in Groups conferences to offer you an easier, extra predictable assembly presence—whereas enabling extra controls that allow you to personalize the view to fit your preferences.

First, let’s have a look at the brand new default gallery expertise that will likely be relevant to all. The brand new gallery will place everybody in tiles of equal measurement (16:9 ratio) whether or not their video is turned on or off. Moreover, the brand new default gallery format will likely be extra constant and predictable for all conferences, no matter measurement and content material shared.

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There are nonetheless a number of default configurations that AI will optimize for to enhance engagement and effectivity. For digital individuals, these are prioritizing people who have a raised hand and prioritizing the lively speaker, enhancing their visibility so feedback will not be missed.

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And when a Groups Room joins the assembly, the video of the room robotically enlarges, bridging the hole between distant and in-room individuals. Distant attendees get pleasure from a clearer view and higher connection, simply recognizing who’s talking. Need a customized view? Merely tweak the tile measurement to your choice from the extra choices (…) menu by hovering on the room identify. It is seamless, inclusive, and ensures everybody may be seen, irrespective of the place they’re.

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Subsequent, let’s have a look at the controls that assist you customise each assembly view to fit your wants.

Whereas the default gallery measurement for conferences will likely be 16 individuals, you may customise the variety of individuals seen in your display to greatest suit your choice. You’ll be able to select from 4, 9, 16, and 49 individuals seen on the display for gallery measurement.

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For some, having their very own video seen to them on display is a distraction. Now, you may decide to cover your personal tile out of your gallery view. This is not going to conceal your tile from different individuals, solely your personal gallery view.

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Whenever you don’t wish to utterly conceal your video tile however wish to change its place, you may also select to take away it from the principle gallery and place it both to the facet or above the principle gallery.

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For conferences which have a mixture of video on and video off, you may select to prioritize tiles with video on in the principle gallery to raised join along with your groups.

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The brand new gallery view updates can be found in Public Preview beginning this month. Be taught extra about gallery view on the help web page.


Along with assembly gallery updates, we’re additionally introducing extra customizable choices for the colour scheme of your Groups interface. Whenever you get bored with darkish screens to your Groups conferences and calls, now you can brighten issues up with the Gentle Theme possibility. Gentle Theme lets you customise the looks of your Groups consumer. You’ll be able to change the colour theme of your Groups consumer from the default Darkish Mode to Gentle Theme out of your Groups settings. You’ll be able to be a part of conferences with Gentle Theme too. Gentle Theme is on the market now for the brand new Groups app.

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Save time with simplified assembly be a part of

As our calendars turn into more and more full of digital and hybrid conferences, the necessity for effectivity is extra essential than ever. To assist deal with this, we’re rolling out new updates to reinforce the assembly be a part of course of. These enhancements will allow you to hitch conferences shortly and effortlessly, so you may dive into essential discussions directly.

Let’s begin with the invite, because the assembly invite is the very first thing {that a} participant sees earlier than becoming a member of. To make sure a very powerful data is seen and all of the be a part of choices are clear, we’re updating the invite design to raised group associated data in addition to clear it up visually.

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The simplified assembly invite will likely be obtainable in February.

As a part of the revamped invite design, we’re additionally bettering the assembly be a part of hyperlink by making it shorter. Sharing and becoming a member of conferences simply obtained simpler with a gathering URL that’s shorter and clearer than earlier than.

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Shortened assembly hyperlink will likely be obtainable within the second quarter of this yr.


We’re additionally simplifying the expertise of becoming a member of conferences throughout your totally different Microsoft accounts, with the flexibility to seamlessly be a part of Groups (free) conferences from Groups for work and vice versa. This allows Microsoft Groups (free) customers, these utilizing a private Microsoft Account, to immediately be a part of Groups for work conferences from throughout the consumer and keep linked even after the assembly has ended. This functionality equally allows Microsoft Groups (work or faculty) customers to hitch the Microsoft Groups (free) conferences immediately from throughout the consumer. With this simplified expertise, you’re not prompted to hitch through a browser and handled as a gathering visitor (nameless). This functionality will likely be obtainable in February.

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Improve effectivity with streamlined audio and video controls

The effectivity positive aspects lengthen past simply becoming a member of conferences. We’re streamlining in-meeting processes as properly, together with audio and video controls. This lets you deal with essential conversations somewhat than navigating via the settings to make audio and video changes. Beginning this month, we’re rolling out audio and video flyouts in conferences, that are designed to make it simpler and extra environment friendly for customers to handle their audio and video settings throughout Groups conferences.

Now, if you wish to choose your digicam or mic machine, you may select the proper machine immediately from the flyouts. You too can modify the amount, spatial audio, and noise suppression controls from the audio flyout.

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If you happen to didn’t choose your background through the pre-join web page, you may simply change your background immediately from the digicam flyout. We’ve additionally made avatars accessible from the digicam flyout so you should use avatars in conferences, and assembly reactions will likely be mirrored by your avatar. You too can modify brightness and gentle focus from the digicam flyout.

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Collaborate with out compromise, irrespective of the place you’re

In 2020 we launched Collectively Mode to make digital conferences really feel extra private by bringing everybody collectively in a shared background. Collectively Mode presents distinctive advantages by putting everybody in a constant place within the shared digital area, so the group has a typical spatial notion of the place everyone seems to be. This improved spatial consciousness helps you join extra naturally and scale back digital assembly fatigue by extra carefully imitating the cognitive processing that occurs when persons are in the identical room.

Now, Collectively Mode is getting higher with a brand new format for content material sharing. Visually, this new format strikes the Collectively Mode video individuals to the underside of the display so you may see distant colleagues with a shared background on a horizontal airplane – equally to the entrance row expertise in Groups Rooms.

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This new format will give folks within the room a higher sense of connection to distant individuals, and lengthen the pure advantages of Collectively Mode to the factors of a gathering when content material is shared or introduced. The brand new Collectively Mode format will likely be in Public Preview in early February.

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