Microsoft has officially rolled out an advanced version of the Microsoft Teams application for all Windows and macOS users. As stated by Microsoft, the new Teams app is twice as fast, reduces memory usage by 50%, and occupies 70% less of disk space compared to the previous version. Moreover, the new client will launch three times faster, thus enabling users to switch between chats and channels up to 1.7 times quicker than the Classic Teams app.
Following its public preview release in March, Microsoft has implemented considerable enhancements in the updated Teams client, bringing most features to a parity. This version includes customized line-of-business apps, third-party applications, breakout rooms, 7×7 video display, call queues, and PSTN calling, among several others.
Committed to Improved User Experience and Interactions
“We have focused on providing high-quality performance and enhancing the basics in areas such as reliability, security, and IT management to make sure that new Teams meets the evolving requirements of your organization,” stated Anupam Pattnaik, the Product Lead for Microsoft Teams.
Furthermore, exclusive features will be introduced as part of the general availability, focusing on multi-tenant organizations (MTO) and multi-tenant, multi-account (MTMA), to facilitate cross-tenant communication. The latest version of Microsoft Teams now includes support for Copilot, Microsoft's AI-powered assistant designed to assist users in preparing for meetings and providing real-time answers during conversations.
Advanced Technology Fuels High-Performance
To offer improved speed and performance, Microsoft has incorporated the React framework in the new Teams application for Windows. Edge WebView2 is used as a host to lower memory and disk space usage, by sharing resources with Edge. “Teams works natively on Mac, giving Mac users an improved app experience,” Pattnaik added.
Users with Business and Teams Essentials licenses can now switch to the new Teams app through the “Try the new Teams” toggle. However, for other users, including Enterprise users, the new Teams app will be set as the default as part of a forthcoming deployment schedule. The updated Teams client can be directly downloaded from the Teams Download page.