Have you ever wished for the ability to effortlessly engage in simultaneous chats with different groups within your organization, all without the hassle of switching between multiple windows? Maybe have multiple orgs you’re apart of and want to have all your accounts added in a single Teams app?
Well, prepare to have your wish granted.
Microsoft has begun to roll out an update marking a New Microsoft Teams app that allows you to opt-in to the new experience.
Looking at the New Features
The new Teams desktop client for Windows has been reimagined from the ground up with performance in mind, providing a faster, simpler, and more flexible experience. The new Teams client installs and loads faster, letting you launch the app and join meetings more quickly, giving you more time to focus on the business tasks.
The new Teams ensures more efficient use of device resources. You can lower memory and disk usage with a Teams app optimized for your device. Whether you have users on multiple accounts or tenants, the new Teams can help eliminate the silos and bring them together in one place, giving them more extensibility and scale.
The much-anticipated arrival of Team 2.0 is just on the horizon, and the company has tantalizingly teased some exciting new features. Among them, the one that has us most intrigued is the introduction of the multi-tenant organization (MTO) group. In this context, a tenant is essentially an organization or a distinct group of individuals. Consider, for instance, having an overseas office that operates as a separate tenant within Teams. Alternatively, there might be regulatory requirements necessitating the segregation of different aspects of your business.
With Teams 2.0, you’ll soon be able to convene with team A in one window while simultaneously collaborating and brainstorming with team B in another. And the best part? You won’t miss any crucial notifications from any of the other tenants you’ve integrated into your Teams environment.
New Search Experience in New Microsoft Teams
But wait, there’s more – the new search experience. Finding a co-worker from a different tenant will soon be as effortless as can be. Picture this: just one search result. Yes, you read that right, a single search result. No more sifting through a multitude of entries.
However, before you rush to explore these features, please note that they are still in the public preview stage. To get started, your IT administrator will need to perform a full sync refresh of tenants within the multi-tenant organization group via the Microsoft 365 admin center. But once that’s completed, you’re all set to go.
Should your business require assistance with this process, our team stands ready to lend a hand.
And for those of you using Macs or Teams on your mobile devices, fret not – these fantastic features are headed your way as well, along with the web-based Teams application.
The big question: will this new feature save you and your team precious time?
IT Admins – How To Deploy
First thing’s first – New Teams is not yet available for these customers:
Platforms: Mac, VDI, Web
– Government clouds: DoD, GCC, GCC High
– Special cloud: Air-gapped, Microsoft 365 operated by 21Vianet in China
– Consumer (and small business)
– Desktop running a Windows 10 version earlier than 10.0.19041
Before you start, review the list of feature limitations above to decide if it’s right for your organization or your early adopters. You can manage the new Teams experience using Teams PowerShell or in the Teams Admin Center. Read through our documentation for details on how to deploy the new Teams experience, including bulk deployment, a known issues list, a new rollout schedule, and more.
Use the handy eBook slides from Microsoft to brief your Help Desk on what’s different. Already know you want to enable the new Teams experience? Go straight to the rollout instructions in our technical documentation or read the blog post.
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Ready to Try the New Teams Experience?
Rebuilt from the ground up, Teams is faster, simpler, and more flexible than ever before. With a performance-first mindset, Teams is the fastest version yet. Using Teams, you can switch between apps, respond to chat messages, and join meetings and calls more quickly and use less memory and battery. It’s easier than ever before to launch, navigate, and use Team in fewer clicks. Plus, it’s largely the same layout as the previous version. Get started by following the steps below or viewing the guide from Microsoft.
You’ll see a toggle with Try the new Teams at the top left of Teams. If you don’t see this toggle, contact your IT admin they may’ve disabled this feature for the time being. You also need to be running the newest version of Microsoft Teams, so if you see a banner to update your app, do that first. It is also important to note that this new version of the app is currently available on Windows 10 or 11 machines only.
To use the new Teams:
- Open the Teams desktop app on your Windows device.
- Turn on the Try the new Teams toggle at the top of Teams.
- Select Get it now from the pop-out dialogue. The new Teams will start installing.
- Your Teams app will reboot to open the new Teams. Any subsequent actions you take will happen in the new Teams by default, like joining a Teams meeting from Outlook.