Microsoft Teams Getting CarPlay Integration and Device Swapping Support for Calls

Microsoft today updated its Microsoft Teams software to add improvements to Teams Calling, making it easier for organizations and their employees to keep in contact with one another.

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The Calls app has been overhauled to bring all of the important phone call info to one space. It includes a dial pad, call history, voicemail, contacts, and settings for a better call workflow.

Call recordings can be shared in OneDrive and SharePoint, and there's a new spam identification tool that earmarks potential spam calls so they can be ignored. Teams will also "digitally attest" outgoing calls to prevent them from being rejected by external recipients.

Of interest to Apple users, Microsoft has added CarPlay support to allow Teams users to place and receive calls in the car. ‌CarPlay‌ will allow Siri and the built-in vehicle controls to place and answer calls. ‌CarPlay‌ integration is coming soon.

Teams in 2021 will support transferring calls between mobile and desktop, a useful feature for those who need to shift locations to finish a call. Other new features include call merging to simplify multiple conversations, a low data mode for data preservation purposes, and an enhanced reverse number lookup feature that displays the name of the caller.

Microsoft has more information on the changes coming to Microsoft Teams on its website.

Top Rated Comments

smithrh Avatar
10 months ago
I don't need Teams everywhere.

I log off of Teams all the time during the work day.

This constant connection crap needs to stop.
Score: 36 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Heres2thecrazy Avatar
10 months ago
This seems like a really really bad idea. On both a safety and psychological level.
Score: 26 Votes (Like | Disagree)
uiterlix Avatar
10 months ago
That's a pretty irresponsible feature. I'd rather see them spend their energy in better collaboration features instead of luring people into start using teams while driving a car.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Cyberius11 Avatar
10 months ago

That's a pretty irresponsible feature. I'd rather see them spend their energy in better collaboration features instead of luring people into start using teams while driving a car.
Why? I participate in conference calls over teams when driving all the time. It's no different than a regular phone call. Being able to use Siri and having better CarPlay integration will only make it safer. It's not like they're displaying meeting content on the vehicle's display. My team is completely remote right now due to COVID and while Teams is not perfect, it has been very useful in keeping us all connected.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Anson_431 Avatar
10 months ago
COVID19: Blurring the lines of work and life
Microsoft: (Hold my beer)?
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
rbwca Avatar
10 months ago
Just what we need - more distracted drivers. For those who use a vehicle as an office, this should only work if the car is parked!
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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