Microsoft Previews Its New Consumer-Focused Features for Teams

Posted on March 30, 2020 by Mehedi Hassan in Cloud, Microsoft 365, Microsoft Consumer Services with 20 Comments

Editor’s Note: an earlier version of this story referred to the new Teams features as a separate app. However, this is incorrect and Microsoft will be adding the new consumer-focused features to an existing app. The story has been updated to reflect Microsoft’s actual plans, and we apologise for the confusion.

Microsoft today introduced the world to its new consumer-focused subscription of Microsoft 365. And along with the new subscription, Microsoft is introducing new consumer-focused features for the Teams app.

The app will soon include new features and experiences that are built for consumers for day-to-day use. It’s coming as a preview sometime this Summer, with a public launch expected later this Fall.

“Teams isn’t just for work. You can now stay connected across your life in the Teams mobile app,” says the company. The new features are focused on helping families stay organised, and lets you track live locations of where your family members are (with options to opt-out), and more.

Microsoft will continue to keep Teams as a single app — so if you already have an account for work purposes, you will simply be able to switch between your personal and work accounts from the updated app.

You can also share information like passwords, reward numbers, and login information right from the app with your family and friends.

Those interested in the updated Teams app can register their interest here, as Microsoft plans on starting a preview program soon.

The new features for the Teams obviously compete directly with Microsoft’s own Skype app, but Microsoft essentially didn’t mention anything about what’s going to happen with Skype. The company did, however, announce some impressive new usage numbers for Skype.

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