Microsoft has rolled out a pretty significant update to their enterprise chat & messaging client, Microsoft Teams. The update, version 188.8.131.52742301 for those keeping score at home and who like to play version Bingo, and it brings some features that make it much more productive and useful. First, you can now add and remove team members, something that was only available on the Teams site. You can also create new channels in the app. This was also something that was web-only when Teams launched and frankly, was a bit of a handicap for the app. The ability to quickly create channels while on the go is a critical feature for this type of app, especially if Microsoft is positioning it as a Slack competitor.
Other improvements around chats include the ability to rename group chats and add members to existing chats.
As you would expect, there are the normal under-the-hood improvements and bug fixes so that alone will make this a worthwhile update getting. Remember that Microsoft Team is only available for
Office 365 enterprise or education subscribers. If you don’t have such an account, you can’t use the app and even if you do, it has to be enabled by your administrator to work. If you aren’t sure, just ask your IT team if it is available and they should be able to help you out on it.