Windows 11 was revealed today and one of the biggest features is Microsoft Teams integration. During its Windows 11 preview show, Microsoft's Panos Panay revealed how joining a Teams meeting will be quicker now that the app is built into the OS.
The app will be permanently placed in the refreshed Windows 11 Start Menu for quick access. Teams is receiving a fresh icon with a purple circular background and a camera logo in the middle. When you select the icon, a floating window appears showing your recent contacts. From there, you can start a video chat or send a direct message.
"Now you can instantly connect through text, chat, voice or video with all of your personal contacts, anywhere, no matter the platform or device they’re on, across Windows, Android or iOS," Microsoft wrote in a blog post.
You can even chat with people who haven't downloaded the Teams app on their device by using two-way SMS. Moreover, mute and unmute controls along with the presentation tool will be built into the Taskbar.
Microsoft teams hit 145 million daily active users in April as remote working became the norm for companies around the world. That number will increase once Windows 11 arrives this holiday period.
Windows 11 news and updates
- Windows 11: Your guide to Microsoft's next Windows OS
- Windows 11 release date — when is Microsoft's new OS arriving?
- Windows 11 revamped the touch keyboard — it now features GIFs, voice typing and more
- Windows 11 new startup sound got leaked — and it sounds like Minecraft music
- Windows 11 Taskbar and Start Menu get a modern remake
- Windows 11 Search Bar: What changed and what didn't
- Windows 11 gets revamped UI — see how the design changed from Windows 10
- Windows 11 promises longer battery life for laptops, 40% smaller updates
- Microsoft Teams to be integrated into Windows 11 — What that means
- Windows 11 makes multitasking a breeze — how it works
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