What’s new in Microsoft Groups: Polls updates and extra

Regardless of July’s Groups outage, Microsoft has been busy releasing new options and apps, together with a extra sensibly named Polls app for fast surveys moderately than Varieties.

Varieties, which Microsoft let out for shoppers in 2020, is not going away. However on Groups, the Varieties app is being changed with a brand new app referred to as “Polls” by way of Microsoft Varieties, with a Groups-branded icon.

Microsoft says in its July Groups replace weblog submit that the Polls app will make it simpler to seek out and add polls to chats and conferences.

The Polls consumer interface permits customers to re-position the checklist of steered polls from the underside to the aspect of the pane. It additionally supplies a doorway to the polls portal web page the place customers can present or disguise them within the aspect pane. And now Polls exhibits a view of the ballot outcomes moderately than solely displaying the voting view, because it beforehand did. This lets the ballot creator see how the ballot appears to the viewers after it is set stay.

Polls additionally supplies a listing of lately created polls to make re-use simpler. Beforehand, ballot creators needed to make a brand new one from scratch every time. There’s additionally a brand new purple halo animation that seems to customers after a vote has been efficiently submitted.

Microsoft has added a “Ranking” as a brand new ballot query kind so customers can reply to a five-star scale and see an combination rating of general scores for a given query.

Microsoft has revealed a help web page explaining methods to set up and use the brand new Polls app for Groups.

“Since November 2020, you had so as to add a tab—the Varieties app—to your assembly to make use of polls in Groups conferences. Now you may add a brand new app referred to as Polls as an possibility to your assembly tab. The expertise of getting ready, launching , and evaluating polls by way of the Polls app would be the identical because the earlier expertise by way of the Varieties app,” it states.

Microsoft had deliberate to combine LinkedIn profiles with Groups in April, however it seems to have been delayed by a number of months. It is for one-to-one chat and supplies LinkedIn work profile particulars concerning the individual. Customers can even add new LinkedIn contacts inside Groups.

Customers will be capable to view a colleague’s LinkedIn profile from Groups chat, channels, calls, or conferences.

Microsoft constructed this month on June’s introduction of a collapsible proper panel for Groups on the iPad for conferences. Now, Groups on the iPad is extra in a position to alter robotically to measurement, app orientation, and show modes. The app bar and canvas robotically align primarily based on the display measurement accessible to the Groups app.

Microsoft in February unveiled a new-look set of 1,800 emojis for Groups primarily based on Microsoft’s Fluent Design ideas. It additionally features a handful of 3D emojis. However they’ve’t been universally in style with a number of customers have complained on Microsoft’s Groups replace weblog submit that they are “horrible” and “off-putting”.

Microsoft designers stated on the time the brand new emojis had been unveiled that emoji’s are an extension of our humanity and never frivolous play issues.

“As a result of being playful or extremely expressive would not come simply to everybody, emoji are the proper little helpers. Removed from being frivolous or decorative, they’re extensions of our personal humanity and an essential communication instrument.”