Microsoft has announced that it is introducing the first personal features of Teams on Windows and the Web in a preview, plus several new personal features for Teams on mobile devices.
“Today, we are excited to announce a preview of more new personal features in Teams that will make it even easier to manage and plan your days,” said Arjun Tomar of Microsoft. “We also add new preview features to the Teams mobile app, such as the ability to chat with friends or family who don’t have Teams on their phones, location alerts that notify you when someone leaves or arrives at designated locations, and more. “
As you may recall, Microsoft introduced its first personal features to Teams on the mobile back in June, including text chat and video calls; list, document sharing and calendar; cooperation and document sharing; location sharing; and a new feature for securely storing and sharing important information such as passwords, prize numbers and login information. But customers were understandably curious when the personal features would arrive in Teams for Windows and the network.
It’s already this day, although you may have to wait until these features are “slowly introduced … to existing commercial users.” Also, your IT administrator will need to enable this functionality in your organization.
When all this happens, you can expect the following new features:
Add your Microsoft account to Teams. You’ll be able to switch between your Team for Windows work and home account and the network.
Chat and call friends and family. You can use the Desktop or the Teams web application to call friends and family, even if they don’t have Teams installed. Chats can include up to 250 people, video and audio calls are free and you can see up to 49 of your friends and family in gallery view or Together mode. You can also share photos and videos.
In addition, Microsoft adds the following personal features to Mobile Teams:
Talk to people who don’t have the Teams app. You can now enter a contact name or phone number to add to a group chat. If they are not in teams, they can receive and send group responses via SMS.
Receive location-based notifications. From today, you can allow family members’ friends to receive automatic alerts every time you leave or arrive at a specific location. You can also provide automatic exit or arrival signals to your family so they know when you are leaving home or returning.
Other new features. Microsoft also adds the ability to add group chat events to your device calendar, get task and location updates to your activity feed, and add a photo to your personal safe to mobile teams.
The new mobile features have begun to be available for preview in the Teams mobile app and will be fully introduced in the coming weeks, Microsoft said.
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