Microsoft Teams update solves a frustrating problem for an overlooked user group

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Microsoft is working on a new update for Teams (opens in new tab) that will make it even easier to place and receive calls using its online collaboration tool (opens in new tab).

Besides video conferencing (opens in new tab) and workplace chat, Teams can also be used to make and receive calls in the same way one would do so with a business phone system (opens in new tab). This is especially useful for call queue agents that need to route calls to others in their organization that can help with a particular issue or question.

According to a support document (opens in new tab) from Microsoft, call queues provide a greeting message, music while people are waiting on hold, call routing in First In, First Out (FIFO) order and handling options for both queue overflow and timeout.

Up until now though, call queue agents that used their own smartphone (opens in new tab) to route calls often had recipients call back their personal lines as opposed to their organization’s call queue number.

Dynamic caller ID for call queue agents

According to a new post (opens in new tab) on the Microsoft 365 Roadmap, call queue agents can now place calls from Teams’ Calls app using a call queue phone number as their caller ID.

Although this isn’t the biggest update to Teams, it can ensure that a call is properly identified by a recipient and that they call back the call queue number instead of a call queue agent’s personal line.

In a separate post (opens in new tab) on the Microsoft 365 Roadmap, Microsoft has revealed that it will be adding the option to delete call history in June of this year. Once this feature rolls out, it will allow call history users to hide call history records from their call history view.

While a VoIP phone (opens in new tab) could be a good investment for those working from home (opens in new tab), Microsoft has continued to improve the calling abilities in Teams so that employees can call co-workers, partners and customers using their existing Android smartphone (opens in new tab) or iPhone (opens in new tab).

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.