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Microsoft October 2021 Updates

Information on the latest updates from Microsoft that will affect your business.


This month Microsoft is rolling out new Teams Co-Organizer meeting features and easier SharePoint site creation.

Teams Microsoft Teams Updates


1. View Switcher- a new dedicated menu of view options in Teams Meetings


How this will affect your organization:
This new feature will place all of the view related options that are found in Teams Meetings (Gallery, Large Gallery, Together Mode) into a separate, dedicated menu called View Switcher. This will show up on the top left of the meeting window.

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When this will happen:
Late October and be complete in mid-November.


2. Co-organizer Meeting Role


How this will affect your organization:
Once this feature has been enabled, a “Choose co-organizers” meeting option will be available. The default value for this option is “None.” The option operates similarly to when “Specific people” are selected as presenters for the meeting. The meeting organizer can click on the selector box to open a dropdown menu where they can choose from the list of qualified people who have been invited to the meeting.

To qualify for the co-organizer role, an invitee must be using an account that is on the same tenant as the organizer’s account. Organizers will be able to assign the co-organizer role to up to 10 people.

Co-organizers will be displayed as additional organizers on the meeting roster, and they will have most of the capabilities of an organizer in the meeting.

Co-organizers can do the following:

  • Access and change meeting options
  • Bypass the lobby
  • Admit people from the lobby during a meeting
  • Lock the meeting
  • Present content
  • Change another participant’s meeting role
  • End the meeting for all
Co-organizers cannot do the following:
  • Create & manage breakout rooms
  • View & download attendance reports
  • Manage the meeting recording
  • Edit the meeting invitation
  • Remove or change the Organizer role

When this will happen
Late November and expect the rollout to be complete by early December


SharepointMicrosoft SharePoint Updates



1. Updates to the site creation experience


How this will affect your organization:
The updated site creation experience is designed to help site creators quickly understand the differences between a communication site and a team site.


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These updates will include improvements to the Site permissions panel so site owners and members can easily understand the differences between permission levels. Users will be able to hover over the information icon for more details.

When this will happen:
Early November and expect to complete for Standard release in mid-December.