The new Microsoft Teams gets two features requested by many users: personal account integration and a synced address book. This emerges from entries on a website on which Microsoft records the progress made in the evolution of its communication tool. The new team, sometimes also called Teams 2.0, is not a simple further development of the widespread tool, but a completely new development.
Little is currently known about both innovations. However, it can be assumed that Microsoft wants to get rid of the previous application confusion with the introduction of “Personal Accounts”. In the new team, it is apparently possible to log in with private accounts from Microsoft in parallel with business accounts. Previously, users had to install two different team variants on their computers. The second new feature is the “People App”, which is intended to enable Teams users to “manage their contacts seamlessly in Teams”. It is still unclear whether this app will then also be linked to the Outlook address book and how it will separate business and private contacts. Both functions are to be introduced in teams before the end of this year.
New team from September
The new features appear in the “What’s coming later this calendar year” list on Microsoft’s dedicated progress website for the new team. Apparently, the two features were already entered there at the end of July, but only now from the German-language Microsoft blog Dr. Windows discovered. There is also no entry in the Microsoft 365 roadmap. The new team is to gradually replace its predecessor, according to a report from the Microsoft 365 Message Center even from September 2023.
Unlike the current variant, the new Teams will no longer be an Electron-based application. Rather, the new development relies on Webview2 technology from Microsoft. In addition to a revised user interface and new functions, Microsoft promises that Teams 2.0 is “twice as fast and uses up to 50 percent fewer resources” than its predecessor.
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