Microsoft Lists is getting a better web commenting experience, coming soon to the iOS and Microsoft Teams apps

15 February 2021

Back in October, Microsoft introduced commenting capabilities to the new Lists app on the web. In an update to its Microsoft 365 roadmap, the company has revealed that it is improving the web commenting experience and adding support for comments to the iOS & Microsoft Teams apps.

With this update, the Lists app will add new commenting controls for web users in March this year. This means that users will be able to enable and disable the ability for people to add comments on list items via a new list-level setting in the app. In addition to this, Microsoft is expanding the web commenting functionality to the iOS mobile app and the Lists app in Teams in the coming months.

Currently, Office 365 Admins can restrict comments on List Items in the web app via a Powershell command tenant-wide for all Lists.

 

There is no option to do it for individual Lists in specific Teams and Sites. Also, comments added on List items in Microsoft Teams are different from those on List items in the web app, and there is no way to sync them.

The ability to disable comments should help people to avoid confusion and reduce distractions in the workflow. If you’re one of the many people who think that the Lists app should have a consistent commenting experience across all platforms, be sure to provide your feedback on the Office 365 user feedback forum.

How to use your iPhone or iPad as a webcam in Microsoft Teams on Windows 10

15 February 2021

 How to use your iPhone or iPad as a webcam in Microsoft Teams on Windows 10

If you really want an external webcam that is your Apple-made phone, you can download iVcam on your iPhone, iPad, and PC.

  1. Download the app on both your PC and your iPhone or iPad

  2. Install the apps by following the instructions on the screen

  3. Connect iPhone, iPad, and PC to the same WiFi network

  4. Launch the app and you should see your webcam feed pop up automatically

  5. Head into Teams and switch your webcam input to iVCam

 

Applies to All Windows 10 Versions

We recently wrote about how you could use an Android phone (or even a Kinect!) as a webcam in Microsoft Teams in Windows 10. We promised we’d follow up to explain how iPhone or iPad users, could do the same, but through a little more complicated process — and with some limits. So, here’s a look at how.

 

Prerequisites

 

Just like using an Android phone as a webcam in Teams on Windows, going the route of using an Apple phone or tablet will require some third-party software. We suggest trying to join the meeting on your phone itself before trying out your phone as a webcam, as it would be the most logical thing.

However, if you really want an external webcam that is your Apple-made phone, you can download iVCam on your iPhone, iPad, and PC to get started. Note that the free version of iVCam won’t pick up on your iPhone’s microphone. You’ll have to use a dedicated microphone or Bluetooth earbuds connected to your iPhone in its place. The $20 version of the app on Windows 10 will unlock these features and remove the ads that you’ll see on your iPhone’s screen while using the app. It might be a cheaper purchase for some vs spending on a new webcam.

Install and run the apps

 

Once downloaded, be sure to install the apps on your iPhone, iPad, and PC. On your PC, just double-click to launch iVCam after it installs. On an iPhone or iPad, just look for the app on your home screen, launch it, and then give it the permissions. Once you launch the Windows 10 app and have the iPhone app running, you’ll see that the Windows 10 app will start showing your iPhone’s camera feed.

Selecting iVCam in Teams

Once you see the camera feed running, you’ll just need to switch your camera input from within Microsoft Teams. Head into your camera settings during a call by tapping the three-dot button at the top right of the screen. Then, click the Device Settings button. From the list on the right side of the screen, choose e2eSoft iVCam as your camera input.

How are you enjoying Teams?

Thanks to iVCam as well as DroidCam, you can enjoy using your iPhone and Android as a webcam when one isn’t available to you. This will likely help you get a lot more out of Teams. This is why we remind you that you can check out our dedicated Microsoft Teams hub for more how-tos, guides, and tips and tricks just like this one!