Teams 2.0: How to download, install & use

Microsoft's beloved app gets revamped. Massively.

by Rafly Gilang
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It’s that time of the year. Microsoft announced that a speedier Teams app is now live on the public preview. Several select insiders can now download, install, and use it. 

A few weeks before the announcement, words on the street said that Redmond officials have been working closely to prepare a newer generation of Teams. Collectively dubbed as “Teams 2.0” at that time, it will boast a lot of improvements like a shorter loading time by 50% and more efficient energy consumption.

Now, as quoted from its release note, Microsoft claims to partner up with independent benchmarking firm GigaOm to put their new Teams to test. To their findings, while it’s not exactly called Teams 2.0, the app installs three times faster, launches and joins meetings twice faster, and consumes up to 70% less disk space. 

Being an insider-only app, however, means it may take a while before general people could get their hands on the app. Plus, if you use Teams through work or school, only the admin gets access to the public preview, and it won’t be available for free users. 

If you’re still curious, here’s how to join the preview release channel and download Teams 2.0. 

How to download Teams 2.0

1. On your Teams screen, select the three dots (Settings and more) on the upper left of your screen.

2. Select About ➜ Public preview

3. If Microsoft selects your device to test out the new Teams, you’ll see Try the new Teams toggle in your upper left corner. 

4. Select Get it now and reboot your Teams.

With that said, however, not everyone will be happy with the new Teams, at least the version that still needs to be polished before general release. We’ve also covered how to revert to classic Teams if this case applies to your situation.

In the meantime, we will keep this article updated once the new Teams is up and running for general availability—in Microsoft’s own words, it should happen by the end of 2023.

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