Software company Microsoft has introduced a new version of its popular work interaction platform called Teams. The company has now introduced a personal version Teams with similar features as the professional version but which can be used with a personal account.
The personal version of its video calling app Teams for consumers on mobile for both Android and iOS, where the users can perform text chat and video calling, share lists, documents, calendars and location sharing.
The new features start to roll out in preview to the Teams mobile app today and will be fully rolled out in the coming weeks, the tech giant said in a statement on Monday.
Looking at some of the new features, it appears that Microsoft is trying to take on other popular messaging platforms such as iMessage, WhatsApp and Telegram. If you already use Microsoft Teams for work purposes, then you can simply go to settings and add your personal account. Some of the new features available in the mobile preview include group chatting and video calling. You’ll also be able to share GIFs, photos, video, documents and even your location, either to an individual or the entire group. Keep in mind that for all this to work you’ll need to get your other friends and family members to sign up for a Teams account too.
When sharing items in a group, you’ll be able to sort things like lists, documents, and calendars through the ‘Dashboard’ tab. If you are an Office 365 user, then having a personal Teams account is not a bad idea since it integrates with Word, Excel and PowerPoint. There’s also a new feature called ‘Safe,’ which seems interesting as it lets you store personal information such as Wi-Fi passwords, government IDs, login information, etc. You can then choose to share any of this with other members in your family, which is secured by two-factor authentication and end-to encryption.
The app is being built to become a messaging hub for all kinds of communication. The company stated, “Teams will become the messaging hub for all your personal chats and video and voice calls, with fun features like sharing GIFs, photos, videos, documents, and even location already integrated”.
Also, Microsoft says that it plans on expanding these features to the desktop and web versions of Teams later this year.