Microsoft overhauled the Teams platform to optimize its data, network, chat and video architecture. On average, a user switches 10,000 times a month between chats, channels and activities. Its biggest accomplishment was making it twice as fast while using half the system resources, so you don’t have to wait for the content to load. This helps lower shimmering and reduce wait times while also enabling faster app responses to your actions, which saves time and allows you to collaborate more efficiently.
After partnering with benchmarking firm GigaOm to quantify performance gains, Teams discovered that users:
- Installed the app up to three times faster
- Launched the app up to two times faster
- Joined meetings up to two times faster
- Switched chats/channels up to 1.75 times faster
- Consumed up to 50% less memory
- Consumed up to 70% less disk space
The new Teams app focuses on providing a simple yet more polished and responsive feature-rich experience for users that’s easier to navigate and accomplish more. The enhancements to the core Teams experience make it easier to:
- Stay on top of notifications
- Search for information
- Manage messages
- Organize channels
Threaded conversations, customizable group chats and interactive emojis also enhance the personalized experience, making communication more engaging and enjoyable. For meetings, Teams updated the pre-join experience, gallery view and screen-sharing ability.
The new Teams app is designed to cater to the customers’ needs with multiple users and accounts. Microsoft improved the authentication model, synchronization and notification system to provide a seamless, consistent experience. Users can now stay signed into all accounts, so they don’t have to log in and out, which interrupts workflow constantly. They can also receive real-time notifications, no matter which account they’re currently using, ensuring that you never miss essential updates.
The new Teams app also focuses on securing business data from cyber attacks by developing solutions that help prevent, detect and respond to these attacks. The new security measures include adopting Trusted Types and implementing a more stringent Content Security Policy, which ensures that Teams remains a reliable, secure platform for businesses to collaborate and share sensitive information.
Teams is also working on adding these new features to the app:
- MAC, VDI, EDU and web platforms
- Special clouds (GCC, GCC-High, DoD)
- Advanced calling features (call queues and reverse number lookup)
- Advanced meeting features (breakout rooms and 7x7 video)
- Teams and channel creation, cross-posting, channel announcements
- Search in chats and channels
- 3rd party apps and Line of Business apps
Check back here for updates on these items.
How to Implement the New Teams
Commercial customers using Windows can try the public preview now, and those in the Public Preview program will have access immediately.
General availability is set to begin in late 2023. A broader set of commercial customers will need an admin first to opt-in.
To see how to specifically implement a preview of the new Teams, click here. Once you set up the new Teams, select the “Try the new Teams” toggle in the upper-left corner. You can always toggle back to classic Teams using the same toggle.
Microsoft is asking for feedback from users so they can continue to improve the app.
How Thriveon Can Help with the New Teams
Microsoft Teams was initially released in March 2017 as part of the Microsoft 365 family of products. Teams combines over 1,900 apps and 100,000 custom apps along with communication and collaboration tools into one place so users can stay productive and connected in their modern workplace. However, navigating the transition process and fully leveraging the potential of Teams can be overwhelming.
Since its release, Thriveon has worked with clients to help digitize their modern workplace with the seamless integration of Microsoft Teams. We offer expert guidance and support as you utilize Teams’ many features to improve your business. Our team of experienced professionals understands the intricacies of the Teams platform and can assist your company in maximizing its potential – for example, your company can save over 250 hours per computer user every year with Microsoft Teams.
Schedule a consultation now to get insights on what Microsoft Teams can do for your business.