The software giant is not rebranding Teams or offering a separate version. It is simply repositioning the existing features to appeal the users looking to do more than just chat. Microsoft wants to win back the consumer market with its communication app that was originally launched for enterprise communication.
Microsoft Teams for personal use includes the basics of text chat, and video calling. It also brings shared lists, documents, calendars, and location sharing for users. The tech firm is trying to take the best features of Teams for work and make them relevant for users.
Location sharing feature allows users to show where they are to friends and families. Teams Safe is another feature that allows storing credential information like WiFi passwords, login information and reward numbers. It is secured with end-to-end encryption and two-factor authentication.
The mobile version of Teams for iOS and Android will be updated to allow anyone to log into the apps with a personal Microsoft Account. You can switch within the apps from a work to home account and use personal version along with the other Office apps.
The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the way friends and families interact. The usual in-person meetings are replaced with virtual video conferencing. While Microsoft will introduce audio and video calling options in Teams, it doesn’t mean that it will replace Skype with Teams.
Teams consumer preview has started rolling out for Android users today. iOS users will receive in the coming weeks. It will also get the desktop and web versions which will be launched later this year.