Microsoft Teams for consumers is coming later this year with new features
Microsoft wants people to use Teams for more than just their work life.
What you need to know
- Microsoft Teams is getting new consumer features for home life.
- Makes organizing your personal life easier with friends and family.
- Coming later this year.
Microsoft has today announced that Microsoft Teams a service in use by over 44 million people for work, will soon be getting new consumer-focused features designed for keeping families and friends connected. These new features will be coming to the existing Microsoft Teams client, and will show up in preview first on iOS and Android in the coming months.
The new features will let users stay connected in their personal life with an overview of events, locations, and files shared by members of your family or friend group in the form of a dashboard. There's also a central group chat, which will let you send texts or make video calls with the whole family, as well as share photos and videos.
Microsoft is positioning Microsoft Teams as the ultimate tool for work and home life. No longer is Microsoft Teams aimed primarily at remote working; it's now also about organizing your personal life and staying connected with your loved ones. Using the same productivity focused client that Teams already has, but with new consumer-facing features.
The new Microsoft Teams features will be launching later this year, so Microsoft recommends customers use Skype to stay in contact with friends and family in the meantime. Skype recently saw usage increase by 52 percent in the recent weeks, as more and more people are working from home.
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