Taking advantage of the success Microsoft Teams has seen since its launch in November 2016, Microsoft has announced a major update to the app. According to the update notes Teams now supports one-on-one calls. Contacts can now initiate private voice calls directly from the app.
Message deletion now available
Messaging has also been improved. Microsoft Teams introduces the ability to delete any message you sent in the past 24 hours. The company also made sure to enhance the notification reliability of the app and added a refresh on swipe-down feature on the main screen.
The latest update in Microsoft Teams also fixes some noted bugs and includes performance improvements. The full changelog of the latest update is as follows:
- “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”
Microsoft Teams requires appropriate commercial Office 365 subscription and allows its users to create a chat-centered workspace where they can instantly access their team's content, providing a messaging service, file viewing, and several work tools. Teams also integrates with Power BI Groups.
Microsoft Teams vs. Slack
When Microsoft Teams was announced in November, its similarity to the popular chat app Slack made it clear that it will become Slack´s most dangerous competitor. The company has 85 million active Office 365 commercial customers who could become users of Teams instantly.
Slack has been gathering four million daily active users it has been adopted by 28 out of Fortune 100 companies. However, there are many more left for Microsoft to compete for.
Slack has reacted nervously about Microsoft Teams, and took out a full page newspaper ad to warn the company off making Microsoft Teams a direct competitor. To help in its new battle with Microsoft, Slack just hired Dropbox's Kevin Egan.
With over 10 years' experience in sales, Egan can help push growth as the new head of North America sales. The company has been picking up important executives from other companies for some time. Robert Frati was made Slack's sales chief earlier in the year, he was brought in from Salesforce.