Microsoft this week shipped a pair of updates for Microsoft Teams on mobile, bringing a new set of features to both Android and iOS. The latest additions include major bits for both platforms, like voicemail support and @mentions in group chats, as well as some smaller tweaks (via OnMSFT).
Here's a look at all of what's new:
- Create teams and add members on mobile
- Reply to chats and channel posts right from your notifications screen (iOS)
- Voicemail is now available on mobile
- Share chat history with new participants in a group chat
- Reduce the noise with mute chat
- Grab someone's attention with @mention in group chats
- Bug fixes and performance improvements
- Join meetings anonymously (Android)
These updates come amid a busy week for Teams. Yesterday, Microsoft announced that it will begin rolling out full guest access for Teams, marking the launch of a feature that has been in the works (and delayed) for some time. Earlier this week, word also emerged that Microsoft may be working on a freemium version of Teams to give organizations a way to trial the service before buying in.
If you want to check out all of what's new, you can grab the latest Teams updates from the App Store and Google Play now.
Still holding out hope that they enable a free version outright instead of just offering to add guest access to existing enterprise subscriptions. My organization won't transition to Office 365 because it paid for thousands of individual Office licenses a few years ago. Going to be kind of hard to convince them to adopt Teams over Slack if it still requires at least some people to have Office 365 enterprise.
Here is a link to an article on this site about a free version of Teams comming. Also this free version will not require a Microsoft Account. https://www.windowscentral.com/free-version-microsoft-teams-may-be-way-c...
I saw that, but I'm worried that they may just stop at free Guest Access and call it good enough.
Talk to your MS representative. We were in the same position and were able to get credit for the perpetual licenses in order to switch to O365.
Unfortunately, I'm not in a position to discuss our procurement with outside organizations; my organization employs millions and contracts are negotiated by bureaucrats. If it's free to try, we're free to experiment and offer suggestions to our procurement department; in fact we're encouraged to do so.
But we'd need hundreds or thousands of people using it and demonstrating that it's more effective, then I'd have to write a white paper on why we should switch before they'll consider changing anything.
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