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The Latest Microsoft Teams Updates – Tech Tip For January 3, 2023

Happy New Year! It’s hard to believe that 2023 is already upon us. With our eyes on making 2023 the most productive year yet, we’re focusing on new and better ways to work together. Microsoft Teams is one way to keep communication streamlined and productive. This month, we’ll be talking about the latest updates to Microsoft Teams that were announced at the end of December 2022 including new Whiteboard features, ways to clear up chats and much more.

New Chat and Collaboration Updates

New ability to delete chats: You now have the ability to organize and easily remove chat conversations you no longer need without impacting other participants in the same chat. The feature is available by right clicking on the conversation and selecting “Delete chat”. Take a look at how it works:

Image of the new Delete Chat function in Microsoft Teams


More chat reactions: It may seem minor, but giving people the “feels” while they work can be a productivity-enhancer. You can now express feedback more creatively with over 800 Teams emojis for every situation. Communicate reactions to celebrate, express your agreement, or emphasize the completion of tasks. Take a look:

Image of the new emojis available in Microsoft Teams.


Add people to a group chat with @mention: Add new participants to the chat with @mention, removing the need to navigate to the add-dialog. When adding new participants, you can control how much of the chat history to share. Here’s a look:

Image of how to add people to a group chat in Microsoft Teams.


The ability to recommend people when creating a new message: In the latest iteration of Microsoft Teams, you can save time looking for the right stakeholders. Using AI, Teams chat will assist you in initiating new conversations by recommending colleagues based on your previous collaborations:

Image of the new recommended people feature in Microsoft Teams.

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