Microsoft is today reviewing its calling features in Microsoft Teams. A new call interface will now show contacts, voicemail, and call history in one place. It’s designed to make it easier for Microsoft Teams to replace your desk phone, with built-in spam call protection, reverse number lookup, and the ability to merge calls.
Microsoft Teams users will also soon be able to transfer calls between their mobile and desktop, allowing users to quickly move locations in the middle of an audio or video call. The Teams app will allow people to join without audio on an additional device, or simply transfer the call and end it automatically on other devices. Microsoft says this particular feature will be available in early 2021.
People who regularly record meetings in Microsoft Teams will also see new options. You will be able to record meetings on SharePoint or OneDrive, offering more flexibility than being limited to Microsoft’s Stream service. It will also make it easier to share calls or transcripts with people outside of a Teams organization.
Finally, Microsoft is also bringing CarPlay support to Microsoft Teams. This will allow cars with built-in CarPlay to control teams and people to use Siri to initiate or answer calls. However, it’s unclear when Microsoft Team will support Android Auto in the future.