Microsoft reportedly working on version of Teams for friends and family

What you need to know

  • Microsoft reportedly showed off Teams "for life," at a recent internal meeting.
  • Incorporating location sharing, shared calendars, and more, this version of Teams is designed for family and friends.
  • Described as an "extension" for Teams, the app could act as a replacement for other chat apps.

Alongside a tease for its dual-screen Surface Centaurus device, Microsoft also reportedly showed off a new version of its Teams app for family and friends at a recent internal meeting. As reported by The Verge, Teams "for life" will focus on extending the workplace chat app's features to help families coordinate their schedules, share locations, and more.

"Microsoft is experimenting with features like sending location, shared family calendars, and document sharing," The Verge says. Little else is known about this version of Teams, but it would make sense for Microsoft to use the app as a base for expanding its reach beyond education and enterprise sectors.

Theoretically, Teams "for life" could act as a replacement for chat apps that families currently use. Microsoft has seen significant growth as a workplace chat app, offering a competing alternative to Slack. However, it will have to offer something substantial for families and friends to give up current go-tos like WhatsApp and Messenger.

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