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Microsoft Teams 2.0 is on the way, and we just got a closer look at it

Teams 2.0 Welcome
Teams 2.0 Welcome (Image credit: Brad Sams / Petri)

What you need to know

  • Teams 2.0 is on the way.
  • It is not available to the public.
  • One man got a hold of an early build and shared screenshots.

Hot on the heels of Windows 11 being thrust into the spotlight, it seems we have another major version of a Microsoft product coming up on the horizon: Microsoft Teams 2.0. That's not its official name. However, it is the easiest way to refer to the app recently explored and publicly discussed by Brad Sams over on Petri.

Teams 2.0 is not available right now for download. Sams, in his report, said he was able to try out an early build. He also packed screenshots to accompany the details of his findings. Here are the key takeaways:

  • Minimalistic UI
  • Same general design as Teams 1.0
  • Cannot login with Microsoft 365 account (for now)
  • Light, dark, high contrast, desktop-syncing theme options
  • Teams 2.0 and 1.0 notification controls are similar

Teams 2.0

Source: Brad Sams / Petri (Image credit: Source: Brad Sams / Petri)

When it came to performance, Sams noted it ran well. However, given the barebones nature of his Teams 2.0 experience and the fact that the app was not bogged down with data from weeks or months of daily use, he noted that its performance in his tests might not reflect 2.0's overall running quality. In its relatively empty, early build form, Sams found it had similar memory usage to Skype when checked via task manager.

For the full rundown of what's currently on the table with Teams 2.0, check out Sams' report. As for when you can get your hands on the updated Teams experience, that is unknown. It remains unclear as to when a preview build such as this one will become available to the public.

Robert Carnevale is the News Editor for Windows Central. He's a big fan of Kinect (it lives on in his heart), Sonic the Hedgehog, and the legendary intersection of those two titans, Sonic Free Riders. He is the author of Cold War 2395. Have a useful tip? Send it to robert.carnevale@futurenet.com.

7 Comments
  • Will this soon take the rest of the life Skype have? Skype is useless and get worse and worse... They kill projects that's people like and keep crap like Skype.
  • Overdue, and probably explains why they've been adding features to browser version of Teams (which this is basically). Would solve the issue of needing 2 work accounts logged in, as can have different profiles with Edge for each account. Bingo!
  • If you turn in Developer preview setting in Teams, you can then add your personal account. I see this with the 1.4 versions of the Teams app.
  • For those that want to have a go: https://statics.teams.cdn.office.net/production-windows-x64/lkg/Microsof...
  • Hmm. Teams on Windows 11 isn't supporting or showing NDI as an output anymore for me. 👀 That's a HUGE missing feature of current teams while running on Windows 10.
  • This looks exactly like Teams Personal (or whatever its official name is), except for the title bar's left side. And that is actually both clients bundled, including the work one.
  • Having used Teams for work for the last 6 months, there is a lot they can do to make the entire experience better. I hope the minimalist UI fixes the issues where useful options are buried under crap whereas junk tools were on top...