Microsoft has added a number of new features to the free edition of its Teams online meeting and collaboration service, including community-specific nicknames and improved mobile functionality.
Parents and other users can now use community-specific nicknames to better identify themselves in Teams communities. For example, a parent could use a nickname like “Will (John’s dad)” to make it clear who they are to other members of the community.
To set up a nickname, Windows 11 users can right-click on their community’s name, click on the more options (…) menu, and select the “Manage community” option. Then, they can click on the “Set nickname” option next to their account and type in the nickname they want to use.
Android and iOS users can tap on the community’s name, tap on their profile picture, and then tap on “Set nickname” to choose a nickname.
Improved Mobile Functionality
Teams Free mobile users can now access channels directly inside the community, making it easier to stay up to date on the latest discussions. Communities with more than three channels will have an expand/collapse view to help keep the home screen organized.
Additionally, community owners can now change the banner image at the top of the screen by selecting one of the standard community banner images or uploading their own image.
Other New Features
- Windows 11 users can now easily find a specific person to chat with by typing their email address in the search box at the top of the screen. The person will be notified by email that you want to chat with them.
- Android and iOS users can now switch between channels more easily and view a banner image at the top of the community screen.
These new features are available now for all users of Microsoft Teams Free.