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Microsoft Teams update to improve Together mode, reduce bandwidth usage

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Microsoft Teams has gained new features and improvements on desktop and mobile devices. For desktop users, Microsoft has introduced a new feature that will improve the existing "Together mode." On the other hand, mobile users are getting a new low data usage model that will optimize network data transmission in video calls.

In the update of the roadmap, Microsoft recently confirmed that it is developing a new "View Switcher" for the railing at the top of Teams. This will allow the user to change the way the content is displayed on the screen when the user is switching between "together" mode, "focus", "top gallery" and "full screen" mode.

Together mode allows you to place participants on a shared background, which is very useful for brainstorming or round table discussions, but there is a catch-it does not allow users to easily present content.

As shown in the screenshot above, Microsoft is testing a split layout where the presentation will appear on the left side of the application and the participants will appear on the right side of the application.

On Android and iOS, a new update program is being launched. When you are in a video call, the update program can optimize your network usage. According to the introduction of the management center portal, the new bandwidth saver mode should usually be available in the Microsoft Teams app for Android and iOS in mid-March.

The new low data mode will be optional, and users should be able to enable it in "Settings". After enabling this feature, Microsoft will try to reduce Internet data usage while still providing the "best quality experience."

The impact of low data usage patterns depends on the number of participants in the video conference, the performance of your Internet connection, and when on average the data connection is limited to 500 kbps.

In addition to these improvements,

On desktop and mobile devices.