Microsoft Teams Calling Feature is Live!

Happy February, folks! I wanted to get a quick post in for any of you who are interested in Microsoft Teams. There are some new features that have filtered in since I wrote my walkthrough of Teams, so without further ado, let’s jump on in!

If you haven’t already, fire up your copy of Teams, and cast your gaze upon top of the window. You see that space that looks like a search box?

/ Command in Teams

Oh yeah, that’s new, huh? This gives us some new functionality! YAY! There’s two prefixes that you can use to start running commands: / and @. If you type /, here’s what you get:

@ Command in Teams

If you type @, you get this:

I’ll allow you to peruse the @ commands at your leisure. These work against apps that you can get from the Store. Remember I mentioned those briefly in the previous Microsoft Teams series? You don’t? That’s okay. We’ll wait while you go back and refresh your memory.

Alright, now that you’ve refreshed your memory, you’ll also remember that I said that if there were any that caught your eye that you wanted me to dig into, let me know.

Back to the / command. Some of these are quick little shortcuts to change your status: /available, /away, /busy, etc. Some are to do make finding things a bit easier:/activity, /mentions, /org, /files, etc.  The one I want to talk about, and what caused me to write this in the first place, is /call.


We’ve all heard that calling was coming, and well, welcome to the future. Type /call, hit the spacebar and start typing the name of someone in your organization:

You get a convenient little search, and clicking them will make the call:

Does that interface look familiar to you? If you’ve ever used Skype for Business or Skype, it should. Heck, they even put the Skype logo up in the top left corner!

There’s even the options that we’ve all grown to know and love:

Now, this is not fully featured yet. In my testing, I was not able to conference in another user to my call. Also, we found a couple interesting limitations that we’re still testing through, and if I find anything earth shattering in that testing, I’ll make sure I update you on it, but I’ll give a brief explanation and if you find this behavior to be different, let me know.

We have a few Mac users. We also have a hybrid SFB environment. We have found that if a Mac user who is homed on-premise tries to call a user that is homed in Skype for Business Online, the call fails. However, if that user that is homed online tries to call an on-prem user (Mac or PC), the call works.  Again, still testing this, so we may find different correlations, and your mileage may vary.

Back to the features of the call. As you can see in the above screenshot, you’ve got the options to put the call on hold, or transfer the call. Fairly normal.  You’ve also got this, an obvious carryover from Skype for Business:

Yes, that’s right, you can share your desktop through Teams now. I was going to show you the video chat portion, but Tim is wearing his tinfoil fedora today and has his camera on his Mac disabled so people can’t spy on him while he sings along to Britney Spears in his office.

Up in the top right corner, you can click the gear and:

Yes, just like Skype for Business, you can choose your devices and switch between then while in a call. Great for those marathon calls where your Bluetooth headset dies and you have to swap to the backup.

Last but not least, in fact, possibly most important, is the conversation:

This brings up the history of the conversations I’ve had in Teams with Tim. Not just what we’ve chatted about during this phone call, but if we had used this chat feature last month or last year, we’d be able to see what we’d chatted about.

Anyway, folks, that’s all I’ve got for today. As always, let me know if you have any questions, suggestions or corrections.

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