Microsoft has announced a new version of Teams, bringing a faster experience, better performance, more flexibility, and AI features.
Previously, Microsoft introduced new Copilot, a new AI-powered tool for Office apps, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Teams.
The new Microsoft Teams is slowly rolling out as a preview
Microsoft has announced a revamped version of Teams for Windows desktop users. The new Microsoft Team is now available in a public preview and focuses on speed, performance, flexibility, and intelligence.
The new Teams is up to two times faster than its predecessor while using 50% less memory. The company has also revamped the Teams interface to make it easier to use, and it brings AI with Copilot.
We have been listening to your feedback which has culminated in a reimagining of Teams from the ground up. The new app is built on a foundation of speed, performance, flexibility, and intelligence—delivering up to two times faster performance while using 50 percent less memory so you can save time and collaborate more efficiently.
A Tech Community post highlights some specific improvements: Installation of the app up to 3X faster, launching the app up to 2X faster, joining meetings up to 2X faster, switching chats/channels up to 1.7X faster, up to 50% less memory consumption, and up to 70% less disk space consumption.
Microsoft tested the new Teams and old Teams in a side-by-side video:
In addition, Microsoft says that the revamped Teams app has a ton of other new improvements and features. Some of those improvements are to make using Teams simpler:
- Streamlined Actions: Less clutter simplifies notifications, searches, messages, and channels.
- Personalized experiences: Threaded conversations, customizable group chats, and interactive emojis give users more expressive collaboration.
- Simplified meetings: Updates to the pre-join experience, gallery view, and screen sharing remove barriers to effective meetings.
Check out Microsoft’s blog post for all the info. Currently, the new version of Teams is available in a public preview and the public preview will expand to Mac users later this year, and the new Teams will also officially launch later in 2023.