Microsoft started rolling out shopper Groups options on iOS and Android earlier this 12 months. Beginning right this moment, November 19, consumer features for Teams on PCs and browsers are beginning to roll out, as nicely.
Microsoft is making out there preview releases of the next options within the Groups desktop and net apps:
- Begin a private chat or create a bunch chat with as much as 250 individuals.
- Seamlessly sync present chats from a cellphone to a pc and proceed conversations on the system of your alternative.
- Speak all day at no cost with family and friends by way of video or audio calls.
- Share video assembly invitations with anybody, even when they do not have Groups.
- View as much as 49 individuals in a single body in Gallery view or Collectively mode.
- Add and share images and movies out of your pc in any private or group chat.
To entry these shopper Groups options, customers can obtain the Groups desktop app and sign up with or create a private Microsoft account. Customers even have the choice so as to add a private account to an present work Groups account. (Microsoft says it’s rolling out this selection “slowly” to present business prospects; it signaled its intent to let users add a single Teams personal account to a single work/school account earlier this month.) To make use of shopper Groups options in a browser, go to this link and sign up or create a Microsoft private account.
Microsoft additionally introduced it’s including previews of extra shopper options to the existing Teams mobile apps. Customers are getting the choice to talk with contacts on iOS and Android who haven’t got Groups put in on their telephones by including them to a bunch chat. In addition they are getting a brand new location function to allow customers to offer updates/alerts about their bodily whereabouts.
Other new mobile consumer-centric Teams features, which Microsoft says are beginning to roll out now and might be absolutely out there in preview on iOS and Android “within the coming weeks”:
- Add group occasions out of your chats to your system’s calendar.
- Get process and site updates in your exercise feed.
- Add a photograph to your private Secure.
Only a reminder (as a result of I nonetheless see individuals saying there is a separate Groups shopper app): There is no separate Teams consumer app. As a substitute, Microsoft is including shopper options to present Groups work apps and the Groups net apps. Additionally: For now, Microsoft is just not saying it plans to exchange Skype with Groups; officers proceed to say the 2 serve totally different functions, with Groups being greater than “simply” a approach to do chat and audio/video calls.