Microsoft Teams updated with live captions, more on Android and iOS

The Microsoft Teams app on Android and iOS is getting new features to help increase the functionality of the app (spotted by OnMSFT). On the heels of the Redmond giant offering premium-tier features to all Teams users for free, the service an increase of 12 million new users. The move is aimed at providing users with more features, especially those that are working from home due to the Coronavirus outspread.

The new features include the ability to turn on live captions during a Teams meeting. This feature works even with group calls. With a majority of users working from home to contain the spread of the virus, this feature is especially helpful for when there is a lot of background noise during a call, making it difficult for users to hear attendees speak.

Other additions include the ability to view content shared between users when joining a meeting, right from the mobile device. iOS users can also quickly make a call by long-pressing the app icon and using the shortcut on the home screen.

Here is the full changelog for the Android app:

  • Turn on live captions during a meeting or group call
  • View shared content when you join a meeting via a cellular phone call
  • PSTN callers will hear music while they are on hold
  • Bug fixes and performance improvements

The changelog for the iOS app is as follows:

  • Turn on live captions during a meeting or group call
  • View shared content when you join a meeting via a cellular phone call
  • PSTN callers will hear music while they are on hold
  • Get a link to channels to share with others
  • Long press the app icon for a shortcut to make a call
  • Get a tone and vibration alert for incoming calls while on a call
  • Bug fixes and performance improvements

While the iOS app seems to have begun receiving the update today, the Android version of Teams began receiving the new features sometime last week. You can head to the Google Play Store here or the Apple App Store here to download the app.

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