Microsoft news recap: Microsoft Teams gets Linux support, Office extension for Chrome may get Grammarly-like functionality, and more

Jack Wilkinson


Microsoft news recap is a weekly feature highlighting the top Microsoft news stories of the past week. Sit back, grab some coffee, and enjoy the read!

Here’s what new in Teams for December: Linux support, richer conversations, subtitles in Meetings, and more

December saw Microsoft Teams get a number of updates, including support for Linux, as well as subtitles for Meetings, richer conversations, and more. A number of new calling features were also added:

  • Video calling in Chrome: Now, Google Chrome users can initiate and accept video calls with Teams users.
  • Dynamic Emergency Calling for Direct Routing in Microsoft Teams Phone Systems: This now uses the caller’s current location to route emergency calls to Public Safety Answering Points.
  • Ability to add participants to meeting chats: Now, users who are in private meeting chat threads can be able to add more users to the meeting chat using this feature.
  • Muted Meeting Chats: This feature makes it so that meeting chats will be muted until you send a message in the chat or join the online meeting.
  • A new ability to assign roles to meeting invitees: Thanks to this feature, you’ll be able to assign roles in Teams meetings and see what each role does during the meeting.

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Microsoft Office extension for Chrome is apparently getting Grammarly-like functionality

Grammarly has become a popular extension amongst Chrome users for its advanced ability to correct spelling and grammar. Now, it appears as though Microsoft may be working on bringing Grammarly-like functionality to its Office extension for Chrome.

That’s it for this week. We’ll be back next week with more Microsoft news.