Microsoft makes Teams faster and easier to use. A Released on Monday, team users can look forward to a redesigned app that’s twice as fast as the current release, the company said, with tasks like launching a program and joining video calls taking half the time. The modified application also provides smooth scrolling, avoiding the use of placeholder assets. At the same time, Microsoft says the new teams use 50 percent less memory.
Separately, the company has redesigned the interface to reduce the number of clicks it takes to manage your notifications, search for information and organize channels. It has added more robust authentication, synchronization and notification systems to make it easier to jump between different accounts and tenants.
Naturally, the new Teams will support AI features, starting with Intelligent Replay and Copilots, which Microsoft announced earlier this year, and more to come in the future. “We will use AI to work together, by knowing what happened before you join a meeting or chat, and by answering your questions during the flow of the discussion,” the company said. “We’re just starting to see the potential of AI within teams, and we’ll have much more to share in the future.”
Not mentioned in Microsoft’s blog post 3D avatars The company has been testing for over a year. The company recently said it expects to make them publicly available Sometimes in MaySo expect them to be a part of the new teams experience as well.
A public preview of the new teams is rolling out today on Windows, with general availability later this year. The Mac preview should arrive by the end of 2023. If your organization uses Teams, your IT department should include you in the preview before you can try out the new experience. Notably, the redesigned app ships with a toggle at the top that lets you switch between the two versions of Groups.
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