This Microsoft Teams update will help you make an impact at your next meeting

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Microsoft is preparing an update to the Teams collaboration platform to help users maximize the impact of their presentations.

As explained in a new entry in the Microsoft 365 product roadmap, Microsoft Teams users will soon take advantage of new presenter mode controls that allow resizing and repositioning of the video feed.

“With video controls in presenter mode, presenters can move and resize the presenter’s video feed and automatically resize the content accordingly. This can be applied to all modes, including standout, side-by-side and reporter,” the company explains.

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The Teams presenter mode update is currently in development, but should go live for all users by the end of April.

Microsoft first rolled out presenter mode last year in an effort to provide Teams users with a way to tailor their presentation style to the occasion. For example, the eye-catching mode puts the presenter’s video feed in front of the slide deck, while the reporter mode puts content above the person’s shoulder in the style of a newscast.

At the time, Microsoft said the new presentation features are designed to “help presenters deliver more professional content and provide dynamic experiences to meeting participants.”

With the latest update, the company offers an additional layer of flexibility with the option to resize and move the video feed to fit the specific content being presented. In this way, Microsoft Teams users can ensure that vital information is not obscured by their video.

The feature will complement the additional features recently announced by Microsoft that will allow users to practice their presentations in advance and record these practice sessions for fine-tuning.

The company has also unveiled a number of hybrid work-focused updates designed to ensure meetings remain fair with employees at home and in the office.

“Whether it’s creating more engaging meeting experiences, enabling collaboration with external partners, or giving you the flexibility to work where, when, and how you want, these new features address the new expectations people have of the workplace,” wrote Nicole Kerskowitz, VP Microsoft teams.

“Although so much has changed in the field of work, one thing remains constant: people are central. With technologies like Microsoft Teams that empower people, we can really make hybrid work work by bringing everyone — and everything — together.”

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