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Microsoft Teams update minimizes the opportunity for miscommunication

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Getting your ideas across in Microsoft Teams (opens in new tab) will soon be even easier as Microsoft is working on a new update for its video conferencing software (opens in new tab) that will allow users to see messages in chat and participants in a video call at the same time.

Back in June 2021, the software giant added chat bubbles (opens in new tab) to its online collaboration tool (opens in new tab) so that users wouldn't miss private messages sent during a video call. Just like in WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger, these chat bubbles display a floating notification on your screen and according to Microsoft, they also make “chat more central to the conversation”.

While the introduction of chat bubbles enabled Teams users to see their private messages during meetings, Microsoft is now planning to make them available for group chats so that everyone can keep up with the conversations happening via text as well as those taking place in a video call at the same time.

Chat bubbles during Teams meetings

According to a new post (opens in new tab) in the Microsoft 365 Roadmap (opens in new tab), Microsoft plans to add a new feature to Teams that will allow everyone to view chats sent during a meeting on the front of room display in a Teams Room.

For those unfamiliar, Microsoft Teams Rooms (opens in new tab) is a dedicated hardware and software solution for video conferencing that was previously called Skype Rooms. With a Teams Rooms display set up in a meeting or conference room, in-person attendees can all focus on one screen at the front of a room as opposed to having to stare down at their laptops (opens in new tab).

Now though with chat bubbles on a Teams Room display, those working from home (opens in new tab) will be able to add to the conversation taking place in a meeting room as attendees will be able to see their messages in chat alongside a meeting's video feed.

This new feature is set to roll out in April of next year and will likely be a welcome addition for organizations that have implemented hybrid work (opens in new tab) policies. 

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Anthony Spadafora
Anthony Spadafora

After working with the TechRadar Pro team for the last several years, Anthony is now the security and networking editor at Tom’s Guide where he covers everything from data breaches and ransomware gangs to the best way to cover your whole home or business with Wi-Fi. When not writing, you can find him tinkering with PCs and game consoles, managing cables and upgrading his smart home.