Microsoft is continuing to improve the new Polls experience in Teams meetings that launched back in November last year. This week, the company has announced plenty of new AI-based features for this polling capability, all of which are designed to help organizers take their meetings closer to the “seamless, engaged meeting experience.”
First up is a new intelligent poll suggestions functionality in Teams. As the name suggests, the Polls tab in the app will automatically recommend poll questions and multiple-choice answer options based on the purpose of the particular meeting. These intelligent features, which should help users save some time and effort, will begin rolling out later this month or early April.
Microsoft is also launching a couple of new options for polls in the coming months. First of all, the firm is adding a new option for open text answers in polls at the end of April, a feature that was added to the Teams roadmap last week. It will make it easier for the meeting organizers to get detailed feedback from the participants.
Yet another new Teams feature is the ability to choose a correct answer for the multiple-choice questions while creating the poll. This option is coming in mid-April, and it can be useful for conducting training sessions and quizzes within the Teams app.
There is also new polls insights integration that will be released in mid to late April. With this addition, Microsoft Teams will automatically deliver a summary report to organizers and presenters after a meeting. Microsoft says that this functionality has been designed to help users “discover and analyze poll engagement and response data.”
Last but not least, the team said that it’s bringing the ability to create and answer polls to the mobile app soon, and Polls in Teams Meetings have started to roll out for GCC customers.
In case you missed it, Microsoft has also unveiled a slew of other updates for Teams and other Microsoft 365 services at its Spring Ignite 2021 conference. This list includes Shared channels, dynamic view, PowerPoint Live, presenter mode, and more. There is some new hardware that the company is certifying for Teams Rooms, and more details can be found in this post.