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Microsoft to add two of the most-requested Teams features in the next couple of months

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Microsoft is working on the "Calendar Show As status" feature within Microsoft Teams and the ability to set Together Mode as the default view for all participants in a meeting, according to Microsoft 365 roadmap page. Both the features are set to roll out to the general public in the next couple of months.

While scheduling an appointment, it's important to mark yourself busy during the hours so that someone else in your organization cannot schedule you. The feature is already available in Microsoft Outlook Calendar but is not currently available in Teams Calendar. Users on the Microsoft forum website have been requesting Microsoft to add this capability in Teams since the pandemic hit us. By promising to add the "Calendar Show As status" feature in Teams, Microsoft will give Teams users the option to mark themselves as free, busy, or Out of Office(OOF), exactly like how Outlook users can do.

Moreover, Microsoft promises to add private meeting functionality to Teams Calendar. The feature will be helpful when users want to prevent other users from viewing appointments details when their calendar is shared.

Microsoft Teams upcoming features

Teams users have also been requesting Microsoft to improve the Together Mode for a long time. Microsoft has finally started working on the ability to set Together Mode as the default view for all participants in a meeting. This feature will be helpful for a lot of organizations as it eliminates the painful process of telling every person to switch to Together Mode.

Microsoft Teams upcoming features

Microsoft has mentioned on the roadmap page that the "Calendar Show As status" feature will be available for every Teams user on PC and Mac in June, while the ability to set Together Mode as the default view for all will be available from next month.

Source: Microsoft 365 roadmap

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