Earlier this year, Microsoft launched the Microsoft Teams Personal Features Preview on iOS and Android, allowing anyone with a free Microsoft account to use the mobile app to connect with friends and family. These personal features are now previewed on the Teams desktop app and on the web, allowing existing Teams users to start using the app to chat with friends and family.
“Now you can add your personal account to the Teams desktop or web app and sync all of your chats to your computer so you can continue conversations on the device of your choice. Plus, you can use the Teams desktop or web app to call your friends and family, even if they don’t have Teams installed, making it easy to connect with loved ones while on vacation, ”the company explained. .
To get started with these new personal features in Microsoft Teams, you can sign in with your personal Microsoft account on the web or in the Teams desktop app. For those who are already signed in with a business account in the desktop app, you will need to click on your profile picture and see if “Add personal account” is already available. “You might have to wait until your app is updated or your IT admin activates it in your organization,” Microsoft said.
It’s good to see that the Teams desktop and web apps will keep your work and personal activities in separate windows. At the time of writing, using Teams with a free Microsoft account allows you to share photos in videos in personal or group chats with up to 250 people, or create video meetings and see up to 49 people at a time with Gallery view or Ensemble mode, but more features will be available soon.
“While you can use the Teams desktop and web apps to chat or call friends and family, we are working on making all of the other personal features available in the Teams mobile app on desktop and on the web soon,” he said. Microsoft said. The company is also debuting new features in the Teams mobile app, including the ability to send messages with friends or family who don’t have Teams on their phones, as well as notifications when relatives leave or arrive at designated places.
“We continue our efforts to bring even more features to you on all devices as we work to make those features generally available,” the company said. Microsoft Teams recently crossed 115 million daily active users in October, and the addition of personal features will likely help the app grow even more in the coming months.