What you need to know
- Microsoft is bringing its Walkie Talkie app to Teams phones.
- It works like a regular walkie talkie, wherein you have to press and hold a button to be heard.
- The feature's Teams phone availability is in development.
Microsoft's walkie talkie feature for Teams has already been around for months on Android (opens in new tab), but it's now coming to Teams phones. If you're wondering what Teams phones are, they're third-party phones built with specific Teams optimizations in mind, such as displays. Now, they can join in the walkie talkie fun.
As can be seen on Microsoft's 365 roadmap (opens in new tab), where all good Teams updates are found, the company has decided it is finally time for Teams phones to get all the fun of pressing a button and holding it in order to talk.
Here's how Microsoft describes its feature: "Like traditional walkie talkies, the Walkie Talkie app on your Teams phones provides an instant push-to-talk (PTT) communication for your team. It allows you to press and hold a button to speak to your team, and release the button to listen. Users can connect with their team using the Teams channels."
Microsoft does not describe the secondary benefits of the walkie talkie feature, wherein you can make "bzzt" noises and say "over" at the end of every sentence, but rest assured: That functionality is there, should you choose to make the noises and speak the words yourself.
The feature's Teams phones availability is still in development and is set to be so until September 2021, according to the current tentative date on the roadmap. Remember, though, that those dates are set to change at any time, so Teams phones' walkie talkie capabilities could come sooner or later.
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Had to check the date to see if this was an April fools joke. Is this going to be a feature to use in calls so that only 1 person can speak at a time or will this be a function whereby people can intrusively just start trying to talk to you?
I sure hope that MS knows that the term "Over" is a radio/telephone brevity code word that means "response is required". However, the code word "Out" means just the opposite "No response is required". Therefore when you hear Hollywood use the term "over and out", they're oblivious to the actual meaning of what they're saying.
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