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Microsoft Teams on the web will become more secure thanks to this small change

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What you need to know

  • Microsoft Teams on the web will soon require native device permissions on a per-app basis.
  • This change will help secure Microsoft Teams on the web.
  • The desktop and mobile versions of Microsoft Teams already require people to approve device permissions on a per-app basis.

Microsoft is bringing a security feature to Teams on the web that's already in place on the desktop and mobile versions of the app. Soon, you'll have to grant device permissions on a per-app basis in Microsoft Teams on the web. Microsoft explains that this will help secure Teams when apps ask for permission to use devices like webcams, microphones, and location data.

"In order to better secure Microsoft Teams third-party applications that request native device permissions - such as camera, microphone or location access - we will be requiring users to manually opt-in for these permissions per app in the Microsoft Teams web browser experience," states the Microsoft 365 Roadmap. "We are already doing this on the Teams desktop and mobile clients."

The feature was added to the Microsoft 365 roadmap on November 19, 2021. It's currently scheduled to hit general availability in February 2022, but that date is subject to change. The Microsoft 365 Roadmap lists the current plans for features, not a firm release date for when they'll come out.

Sean Endicott
Sean Endicott

Sean Endicott is the news writer for Windows Central. If it runs Windows, is made by Microsoft, or has anything to do with either, he's on it. Sean's been with Windows Central since 2017 and is also our resident app expert. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at sean.endicott@futurenet.com.