Microsoft Teams Gains New Personal Chat Features

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While WhatsApp is struggling to regain user trust following controversies surrounding the update of its new privacy policy, users are looking to switch to safer alternatives. Citing this lawsuit, Microsoft today announced that it will offer its Teams platform for personal use free of charge on mobile devices and on the web.

New Microsoft Teams personal chat and video calling features

The Redmond-based software giant announced the news with a official blog post. So, according to the post, Microsoft is turning Teams from a workplace communication platform into an alternative to WhatsApp or other messaging apps on the market. This means that starting today, users will be able to use Teams for personal chats and video calls with their friends and family.

The company added several personal features for users to take advantage of. This includes support for personal chats with contacts, creating to-do lists, scheduling and organizing events, and individual and group video calls.

Personal chats

Coming to personal chats, users can now connect with their friends, acquaintances, and family using the feature. Therefore, you can add other users to your Teams chat using their email IDs or phone numbers. Even if they don’t have a Teams account, they will receive the messages as SMS text messages on their devices.

Microsoft Teams personal chat features

Not only that, the group chat feature in Teams comes with support for various other features such as creating to-do lists, assigning tasks, and scheduling meetings without leaving the group chat window. Additionally, Microsoft will add support for creating surveys within Teams in the coming days.

Video call

As for the video calling feature, Teams will now allow users to make individual video calls for free for 24 hours. For group video calls, the platform will allow users to add a maximum of 100 participants and make the call for 60 minutes. In addition, due to the pandemic, Microsoft has announced that it will allow users to make a group video call with up to 300 participants for free for up to 24 hours. However, it will be available for a limited time and will be discontinued soon.

Microsoft Teams personal chat features

Apart from these, Teams will allow users to send GIFs, chat emojis, and animations during a video call session. These chats will also be kept on the platform for users to review later in case they miss the video call. Additionally, there is a new Together mode in Teams that adds a shared virtual cafe or lounge background.

Microsoft Teams personal chat features

Also, there is a panel for each chat that keeps all files and media shared in a chat for easy access. And in case you have separate profiles for work and personal use, you can switch between them in Teams with just one tap.

So with all these new features, Teams is now a complete alternative to WhatsApp, Telegram, Signal, and other similar messaging apps. Additionally, Microsoft recently added end-to-end encryption (E2EE) support in Teams. Therefore, you would not have to worry about privacy issues on the platform.

You can download Microsoft Teams for your iOS (Free) or Android (Free) device from the corresponding links to start using the new features immediately.

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