In a substantial transformation of Windows 11 with the latest 23H2 update, Microsoft has rebranded its Chat app. Furthermore, now known as Microsoft Teams (free), the company has introduced significant changes and innovations to the consumer experience. According to Amit Fulay, the Product VP for Microsoft Teams, this revamped app promises users the ease of chatting, calling, and initiating free meetings with just a click or two.
One of the standout features of this update is the introduction of a new desktop client view designed to be less intrusive. Furthermore, users can now enjoy a condensed experience dubbed ‘Mini’ alongside the regular, full-sized Teams window. This flexibility caters to diverse preferences and working styles, consequently making it a valuable addition.
Making Microsoft Teams More Accessible
In the corporate world, Microsoft Teams has long held a reputation for its prowess, offering robust video conferencing and online collaboration capabilities. However, it has faced challenges in gaining popularity among everyday consumers. With this latest update, Microsoft aims to bridge the gap between the corporate and consumer worlds, making Teams more accessible to a broader audience.
One update highlight is the ‘SMS in Teams‘ feature, enabling users to send and receive text messages from compatible Android phones within the app. Unfortunately, for iPhone users, this functionality remains exclusive to Android devices.
The update doesn’t stop at Microsoft Teams; it extends its influence to the gaming community, the Communities section, and notifications. Windows Servicing and Delivery Program Management VP John Cable emphasized that the update focuses on delivering new features and functionality while maintaining a familiar, fast, and reliable update process.
This latest Windows 11 update builds upon previous enhancements, such as the integration of Copilot into the operating system, the introduction of AI-enhanced tools for Paint, and an improved backup process. To get your hands on these exciting updates, simply navigate to Settings > Windows Update, and you can start enjoying the refreshed Windows 11 experience today.