Microsoft has announced a significant update to the Windows Teams application, which went live as a public preview on Monday.
Teams has undergone a complete overhaul, according to the company, which “empowers clients to overcome the challenges of the growing modern workplace.”
In particular, Microsoft has concentrated on enhancing the app’s speed, efficiency, and flexibility. The firm claims that by rewriting and streamlining the app’s “data, network, chat, and video architecture,” the new Teams is twice as fast while consuming 50% less memory.
Microsoft has also improved the Teams account navigation by reducing the number of clicks. Notifications, searches, messages, and channels are easier to access. A significant addition to the new Teams also enables you to log into many accounts simultaneously and receive notifications and information from each account, regardless of which one you are currently using.
There are more than 50 upgrades total on the new Teams, and these are just a few of them. The redesign follows the brand’s significant integration of AI into its portfolio of applications.
Copilot for Microsoft Teams, which incorporates ChatGPT functionality into the messaging app as well as the complete Microsoft 365 suite, including Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook, was unveiled earlier this month. You can enter a prompt and obtain a respectable Google Slides presentation outline that functions similarly to the MagicSlides plug-in for Google Workspace. Unfortunately, it seems that both brand options need some manual editing help from users.
Microsoft declared at the beginning of the year that it has been funding and working with OpenAI, the parent company of ChatGPT, since 2019 and will do so for the foreseeable future. Prior to the changes to the Office 365 suite, Microsoft unveiled its new Bing browser, which came preloaded with the ChatGPT chatbot as its first release since announcing its partnership with OpenAI.
Also, Microsoft recently declared that the latest GPT-4 language model from OpenAI, which was introduced in mid-February, is the foundation of Bing Talk.
Microsoft anticipates making the new Teams available on more platforms, including Macs, before the end of the year. Commercial Windows users participating in the Public Preview programmed can currently test the new software. Access will only be granted to other users with an administrator’s permission. From there, users can utilize a toggle switch to access the new Teams and, if they so want, return to the original Teams.