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Microsoft Teams Will Finally Get End-to-End Encryption Soon

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Microsoft Teams Will Finally Get End-to-End Encryption Soon

Microsoft, at the company’s virtual Ignite conference, announced new privacy, security, and compliance features for Microsoft Teams that will begin rolling out this month. New features include Invite-only meeting controls, the ability to disable video, End-to-end encryption for 1-on-1 Teams calls, and Teams multi-geo support.

Invite-only meeting controls will be generally available later this month, and enable Teams users to ensure that only intended participants are allowed to join a meeting. The ability to disable video is also set to arrive in the first half of this year and does exactly what it says on the tin. It allows meeting hosts to disable the video of specific attendees if necessary.

End-to-End Encryption for Teams calls is a big deal and will be available for commercial customers in the first half of this year in preview. This will help enterprises reach their security and compliance requirements by providing additional options for conductive sensitive online conversations.

End-to-end encryption can be enabled in unscheduled 1:1 meetings, and admins will be able to specify which users in the org can utilize this encryption. Microsoft intends to expand this capability to scheduled calls and online meetings in the future.

That said, security nearly always comes at the expense of some functionality, and in the case of Teams end-to-end encryption, this is also true. Some features won’t be available when making a 1:1 end-to-end encrypted call, Lefferts tells me: Call recording, live captions and transcription, call transfer, call merge, call companion and transfer to another device, adding a participant, compliance recording, or file share.

Finally, multi-geo support will be generally available in the first half of this year and enables multinational organizations greater control over the location of specific data centers where their Teams data is stored, right down to the team and user level.

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