Microsoft starts adding consumer features to Teams desktop and web apps

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Microsoft started rolling out user Groups options on iOS and Android previous this yr. Beginning as of late, November 19, user options for Groups on PCs and browsers are beginning to roll out, as smartly.

Microsoft is making to be had preview releases of the next options within the Groups desktop and internet apps: 

  • Get started a non-public chat or create a gaggle chat with as much as 250 other folks.
  • Seamlessly sync current chats from a telephone to a pc and proceed conversations at the instrument of your selection.
  • Communicate all day totally free with family and friends by means of video or audio calls.
  • Percentage video assembly invitations with any individual, even though they do not have Groups.
  • View as much as 49 other folks in a single body in Gallery view or In combination mode.
  • Add and proportion pictures and movies out of your pc in any non-public or crew chat.

To get admission to those user Groups options, customers can obtain the Groups desktop app and check in with or create a non-public Microsoft account. Customers additionally have the opportunity so as to add a non-public account to an current paintings Groups account. (Microsoft says it’s rolling out this selection “slowly” to current industrial shoppers; it signaled its intent to let customers upload a unmarried Groups non-public account to a unmarried paintings/faculty account previous this month.) To make use of user Groups options in a browser, cross to this hyperlink and check in or create a Microsoft non-public account.

Microsoft additionally introduced it’s including previews of extra user options to the prevailing Groups cellular apps. Customers are getting the approach to chat with contacts on iOS and Android who do not have Groups put in on their telephones by way of including them to a gaggle chat. Additionally they are getting a brand new location characteristic to permit customers to offer updates/indicators about their bodily whereabouts.

Different new cellular consumer-centric Groups options, which Microsoft says are beginning to roll out now and shall be totally to be had in preview on iOS and Android “within the coming weeks”:

  • Upload crew occasions out of your chats in your instrument’s calendar.
  • Get process and placement updates for your job feed.
  • Upload a photograph in your non-public Protected.

Only a reminder (as a result of I nonetheless see other folks pronouncing there is a separate Groups user app): There’s no separate Groups user app. As a substitute, Microsoft is including user options to current Groups paintings apps and the Groups internet apps. Additionally: For now, Microsoft isn’t pronouncing it plans to switch Skype with Groups; officers proceed to mention the 2 serve other functions, with Groups being greater than “simply” a strategy to do chat and audio/video calls.

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