Microsoft begins rolling out Teams Chat integration for Insiders on Windows 11

Windows 11 Chat Setup
Windows 11 Chat Setup (Image credit: Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • Teams Chat integration is now rolling out for testers on Windows 11.
  • It's an early version that's missing a handful of features.
  • It's also only available to a subset of Insiders at this time.

Microsoft has started rolling out an early preview build of the Microsoft Teams integration features to a subset of Insiders on the latest Dev Channel build. The Teams Chat integration will automatically show up on the Taskbar after a reboot if you're eligible to test it.

Microsoft Teams integration on Windows 11 was one of the big feature announcements for the OS, allowing you to communiate with friends, family and colleagues directly from the Taskbar. It works via a combination of two things; a dedicated chat flyout UI built into the Taskbar, and a new lightweight Teams client powered by WebView2.

Teams Chat Integration Screenshot

Source: Microsoft (Image credit: Source: Microsoft)

This first preview only includes the ability to sync contacts and text them, with video calls and "meet now" capabilities coming later. Microsoft is highlighing the following features that will be available via Teams Chat integration when it's all fully done:

  • When you want to reach out to someone, it's as simple as clicking the Chat icon in the taskbar (or WIN+C for the keyboard shortcut fans out there!). At a glance, you'll see your most recent individual and group conversations and be able to respond or start a new chat or call.
  • When others contact you, you'll receive beautiful, native notifications and even be able to respond directly inline to text chats. You can accept or decline calls directly from the notifications and decide whether you want to pick up as audio only or with video, too.
  • You won't need to ask your friends and family for any special codes to connect with them. Simply send a message to their email address or phone number and if they're not already using Teams, they'll receive your message via email or SMS along with an invitation to join the Teams network if they wish.
  • If you've used Skype or Outlook for personal communications with your Microsoft Account in the past, you'll have the option to sync those contacts to start using them from day one. You can also sync contacts from your mobile device by installing the Teams mobile app and turning on contact sync, further saving you time.
  • You can easily invite others to a group chat or video call. Just copy the link and send it or share via email no matter if they have Teams installed. They can click the link it to join.

Once again, Teams Chat integration is rolling out now to a subset of Insiders. It's unclear who will get it or when, but more Insiders should receive the feature over the coming weeks if you don't get it straight away.

What are your thoughts on Windows 11's new Teams Chat integration? Let us know in the comments.

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  • Does anyone know the app version no? Is it newer than the one that leaked earlier this week?
  • I've got it working. Mine says R4 48/21062133356
  • Excellent. Thanks for replying.
  • Uncertain, but it just showed up after a reboot on 1 of my W11 PC's.
  • Any update to install?
  • Only available to susbset of Insiders as of now.
  • But do they install an update?
  • No update displayed, nor showed in the store.
  • It has appeared for me but when opening and trying to setup, it just states it ran into an issue and to try again. Tried last night and this morning and the same thing.
  • Not something I would use, I use Discord.
  • 1st PC it displayed on has the "We've run into an issue ..." error when attempting to setup the chat app. On my Surface Pro X, which the chat app appeared on shortly after the first, I was able to successfully setup and the app is now working.
  • reboot, error gone.
  • I've got to be honest, if anyone wants 'iMessage for Windows' - this isn't it. While you can text people, it's basically attached to a Teams advert for whoever the receiver is. Frankly, for joe average user, I would have though Your Phone integration with RCS into a renewed My People would have been more useful. Hell, they would have been better using Groupme just for the US market! Not sure what the play is here but it doesn't seem good for consumers from my perspective.
  • So it can be used to text people on SMS? That is a bit strange, but I can understand why the team advert is attached, because they will want the person that receive the text to install teams.
    It is not meant to be a Imessage for windows, Teams is meant to compete with Zoom and that sort of thing for personal use anyway. I presume MS is integrating teams into Windows 11 to try to get people to use it as for personal use it have not done so well, sure it is used a lot for business use, I am surprised that they have not integrated it into Windows 10, maybe that will come later. I have no use for Teams myself, it is another one of those Apps like Whatsapp that needs your phone number to sign up and I am not doing that
  • This is great! I would say this can compare to iMessage on Mac and iPhone but for iOS, Android and Windows. It can connect with phone number. This means group text messages are much better.
    If some are texting and others are on Chats/Teams everyone knows who is messaging because they either have them in their contacts or are connected to Chats/Teams. Of course, if everyone uses Chats/Teams it's the best group message experience.
    I may consider using Teams as my new texting app. Especially, if that's Microsoft's intention.