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What you need to know

  • Microsoft Teams for personal use is now out of beta.
  • Features group and video chats, a shared dashboard, and more.
  • It's available today on iOS, Android, PC, and Mac.

Last year, Microsoft unveiled a new version of Microsoft Teams built specifically for friends and family. It was a version of Teams that wasn't for work, built around personal use with features such as shared family calendars, group text and video chats, and more. Today, Microsoft is announcing that Microsoft Teams for personal use is now out of beta and generally available on PC and mobile.

Microsoft highlights several key features as part of Microsoft Teams for personal use that differentiates it from other services that can be used for friends and family communication. Features such as Together Mode, which puts you and other call participants in a virtual environment, allowing you to sit alongside friends and family just like real life.

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Microsoft Teams Together Mode PromoSource: Microsoft

Teams also has live emoji reactions and gifs, which adds plenty of flair to group chats. Because this is Microsoft Teams, there are also several productivity-focused tools that are aimed at keeping you and your family or friend groups organized. With shared calendars, to-do lists, polls, and the ability to share documents, Teams makes it easy to manage social groups with ease.

Parents can also use it to keep in touch with their children, as well as track their location to make sure they're safe and where they are supposed to be. The dashboard view organizes all of your group chats shared contents, including photos, files, web links, and tasks. Microsoft also says you can invite up to 300 people for events like as a virtual wedding.

Microsoft Teams for personal use is available now, and can be accessed by downloading Teams and logging into your personal Microsoft Account on PC or Mac, iOS, and Android. There's also the web app, which does the same thing. What are your thoughts on Microsoft Teams for personal use? Let us know in the comments.

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Microsoft Teams is bringing a nicer layout for all your calling needs, so you won't have to poke around tabs and menus nearly as much to access all the features and info you want right in front of you.

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