Microsoft has rolled out a sizable update to their intracompany, Slack competitor, Microsoft Teams. The update, version 1416 for those keeping score at home, brings a lot of improvements to the collaboration app, the most notable of which is the ability to have voice conversations through the app. Now if you are collaborating with a colleague, you can elevate that chat to a voice conversation with a push of a button. No longer do you have to leave the app for that voice interaction to happen, making this sweet and simple. All indications are that this new feature is leveraging the existing Skype for Business infrastructure on the backend.
Another nice update to the app is the ability to delete messages. Now you can delete a message within 24 hours of it being sent.
As you would expect, there are also a load of bug fixes and improvements to the app in the update along with these new features. Here is a rundown of what is updated and new in this update to
- Connect with your colleagues using one-on-one audio calls either from a chat or a contact card
- Improved notification reliability
- Delete any message sent within the past 24 hours
- Refresh the app anytime by pulling down on the main screen
- Bug fixes and performance improvements
In order to use Teams you have to have a corporate Office 365 account and it has to be enabled by your administrator. Once you have that sorted, you can find anyone within your corporate directory and have 1:1 or group chats with them. It is a powerful app that has a big advantage over the likes of Slack in that you can easily share files from your OneDrive account.