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(Last Updated On: January 15, 2020)

Microsoft will be adding a new feature to Microsoft Teams, which will be a walkie talkie feature to its slack competitor. In the next few months, a preview will be made available and its features will contain turning smartphones and tablets into a walkie-talkie which will work through Wi-Fi and data.

This feature will be embedded by Microsoft into Microsoft Teams navigation bar, right in the centre, as this is possibly a very popular and requested feature that will come in handy for many companies.

The walkie-talkie feature is mainly designed for “first-line worker,” employees and staff that have face-to-face interactions with customers and conduct everyday operations at these companies. Microsoft has promoted this feature as a more reliant and secure method of using a traditional walkie-talkie. Microsoft’s corporate vice president, Emma Williams said, “Unlike analogue devices with unsecured networks, customers no longer have to worry about crosstalk or eavesdropping from outsiders.”

It is surprising to know that not many other communication apps such as Slack, WhatsApp, or Messenger have thought about incorporating the walkie-talkie feature into their apps as well. A similar app had been released by Apple for its Apple Watch, where users were able to push-to-talk into a FaceTime Audio call. Similarly, push-to-talk is also being used by Microsoft in order to enable the walkie-talkie feature on Teams. Microsoft also promises that this feature will be clear and have an instant connection as well.

Walkie Talkie is not the only new feature and will show up among various new access management features that will help businesses that make use of Microsoft Teams. SMS sign-in shared device sign-out, and many other features will be included during this release.


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