What’s in the Teams 2.0 Preview, released earlier this week by Microsoft:
- New chat flyout on taskbar
- WIN + C anywhere on Windows 11 to start chat ‘flyout’
- Notifications with inline replies
- Add contacts via an email address or phone number – if contacts do not already have a Teams consumer account, they will receive an email or SMS
- SMS support allows smartphone users to enter and interact with SMS chat, (US, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, India and Great Britain only)
- Sync previous Skype users or Outlook.com personal contacts into Teams (checkbox option we can choose to do or not)
- The Teams client supports both light and dark Windows system modes / themes.
- Viewing limitations
So just this week, Microsoft released Teams 2.0 for some Windows 11 users (in the Windows Insider viewer program). This is for personal accounts only (eg outlook.com accounts, is referred to as “Microsoft Teams Personal”) and does not allow login to Office 365 Accounts. The chat, audio and video calls are yet to arrive in a later build “in the coming weeks”.
This is interesting, as it’s essentially a preview of what we can expect in a future enterprise release of Microsoft Teams. The experience is localized to English (US) only. Additional languages and locales will arrive later. Interestingly, the URL to download the client appeared in a ‘leak’ and installed correctly on Windows 10, but we didn’t get the chat flyout or new Windows shortcuts.
It is hoped that this new Teams Personal is not a Windows 11 exclusive, but it is certain that predictably Windows 11 will allow some abilities strongly tied to the operating system.