First look at Teams 2.0’s integrations in Windows 11

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  • Microsoft has released a new update for Windows 11 containing the new and improved Teams application.
  • This is only available to some Insiders, though, until the tech company expands the beta pool later.
  • If you received this update, you will need to use a Microsoft account to log in, as no business accounts are allowed.
  • Among others, Teams now supports syncing contacts from Skype and Outlook, adding contacts via the email address or phone number.
Teams 2.0 Windows 11

Windows Insiders are about to get a new system update that will bring, among others, a brand new experience to those who use Microsoft Teams.

Through this update, Microsoft is focused on transforming Teams from an enterprise tool into a more accessible experience, allowing users to stay connected with loved ones through chat and video calls.

New features for Teams include new fly-out chat bubbles that are accessible from the taskbar and an overall redesign of the Teams desktop experience.

This will make it feel more like a natural extension of Windows 11, according to what the tech company said.

Teams 2.0 is coming to Windows 11 for some Insiders

As we all know, the COVID pandemic has forced everyone to work remotely, making it much harder for companies to conduct their business.

More so, this new style of work-from-home is loved by employees so much that many are voting for its continuation, even after the pandemic ends.

This has led Microsoft to integrate Teams as one of the default apps in Windows 11, with a Teams Chat Feature set in Taskbar directly for quick access.

This decision has sparked some controversy, as some of the tech giant’s competitors were not at all happy with the bundling of Teams with the new operating system.

Know that this brand new feature is rolling out to Windows 11 users running in the Dev channel of the Insider Program.

Also, once Microsoft works out all the bugs and problems that the new OS has, it will also be coming to everyone on stable Windows 11 rollout later this year.

Microsoft Teams 2.0 on our dedicated Windows 11 test machine

Don’t get super excited yet, because if you want to use the app, you first need to be among the lucky few to get it via the update.

The Redmond-based tech giant is pushing out the new app to a small group within the Insider community, to conduct some tests, and they will expand the beta pool in the near future.

In this first stage, you’ll be able to sign in, add contacts, and connect via individual and group chats. Over the coming weeks, we will enable audio and video calling, meetings, screen sharing, and other capabilities.

On the off chance you are selected, you will need to use a Microsoft account to log in, as no business accounts are allowed.

Teams now supports syncing contacts from Skype and Outlook, adding contacts via the email address or phone number, notifications with in-line replies, meeting links, and other basic functionalities too.

Microsoft Teams 2.0 on our dedicated Windows 11 test machine

Also, in order to make multitasking easier, the new Teams preview also allows Insiders to reply to chat notifications directly in-line.

The Teams notification will also respect Windows 11’s focus assist settings, according to Microsoft.

If you’ve used Skype or Outlook for personal communications with your Microsoft Account in the past, you’ll have the option to sync those contacts to start using them from day one.

So, without further ado, if you were selected for this rollout, enjoy the new Teams app and make the most of chatting with your friends, family, and colleagues, with a new and improved experience.

Also, Microsoft added the Inspect feature for this new Teams app, which will give users a more in-depth picture of what’s happening behind the scenes.

This quickly became a hot topic all over social media platforms, as the tech company got everyone excited with this new function.

Were you among the lucky Insiders that received Teams as a part of the new Windows 11 update? If so, how are you liking the improved app, so far? Let us know in the comments section below.

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