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Microsoft starts rolling out consumer features for Microsoft Teams

Microosft Teams iOS and Surface
Microosft Teams iOS and Surface (Image credit: Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • Several consumer-focused features are rolling out to Microsoft Teams in preview.
  • The features include the ability to share documents, locations, calendars, and lists.
  • The features are rolling out over the coming weeks to iOS and Android.

Microsoft Teams users have some new preview features to play with in the mobile versions of Microsoft Teams. Microsoft announced that several new consumer-focused Teams features are now available in preview in a blog post (opens in new tab) earlier today. The new features aim to let people collaborate, communicate, and organize things within a single app rather than having to jump between apps.

The new consumer-focused features aren't part of a new version of Teams. Instead, they're available on the already-released Teams mobile apps on iOS and Android. To test out these new features, you can add an account to Microsoft Teams through the app's settings. You can create a new account with a phone number or with a personal Microsoft account. You can switch back and forth between accounts within the Teams app, so if you have Teams for work and Teams for your family, you can access both within the same app.

Here are the new features that are currently rolling out in preview:

  • Messaging and video calling
  • Sharing lists
  • Sharing documents
  • Sharing calendars
  • Sharing locations
  • Storing passwords and information in Teams Safe

As reported by ZDNet, Microsoft plans to keep these consumer features free, at least for now. Microsoft hasn't ruled out adding certain features that require a Microsoft 365 Personal or Family subscription, but that isn't the case right now. A Microsoft spokesperson also told ZDNet that Microsoft is planning to add these consumer-focused features to the desktop Microsoft Teams app and the web version of Teams later this year.

The new features are rolling out now, so you might not see them immediately. Microsoft's blog post states that they should fully roll out in the coming weeks.

Sean Endicott
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13 Comments
  • I'll believe it when I can actually get access and not just a "Sign up to Skype" web page!!!!
  • Logging in on iOS works, Android not so much. \shout: "Yo MS! Flip a switch will ya"
  • Yea I got in on all the iPhones in my family. Just my dad has Android and it doesn't work. There were still serious issues with adding people to a group. Every one I added got an error when they tried to accept the invitation that it had expired. But then I go and add them again and they got joined up. So there are definitely some serious bugs. I do see a lot of potential with this though. I like the initial feature set. The big thing would be to get it on the PC version as well. Hopefully it won't take too long for that.
  • LG g8x opened teams and it endlessly said it was updating the app. I closed it and reopened it then it directed my to Skype. Hope it comes soon for Android.
  • I'm using an OnePlus 6 and it's working fine. You have to ensure you're selecting the "add new account'' and not "use existing account." Use your email address connected to your Microsoft account and password to create your Team. It'll prompt you to choose a "company name" since this is still the enterprise version of Teams. Once you've typed in your company name, it'll create your team. It'll prompt you to log in again, to confirm everything and you should have access to your Team interface. I'm able to navigate between my work Teams account and my own company account that I just set up. You should receive an email from the Microsoft 365 team that confirms your Teams account and provides a link that you'd want to forward to anyone you would like to be a part of your team. I hope this helps.
  • You shouldn't need to do that as selecting Sign up gives you the option of a Friends and Family account. Not only that but there won't be a separate version of Teams as all the features are already in Teams.
  • It still directs me to Skype.
  • Wife's iPad has it working though!
  • Redirects to Skype for me on Android
  • Thanks for the post. But on Android, I'm getting thrown to the use Skype page. I get a screen that says:
    "How do you want to use Teams?" With three options to choose :
    "For school?
    For Family and Friends?
    For Work?" Did you get that screen? And what did you choose? Maybe work?
  • If you chose work it will go through, but as a business account. Has different features than family and friends. IPad allows family and friends option. It's like two different versions in the same app.
  • This article is actually misleading as it has been confirmed that Teams for Family and Friends is only available for iOS at the moment: https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/msteams/forum/all/when-will-i-be-abl...
  • Good find. Other outlets are wrong too.