Microsoft Teams 2.0 is coming next month: What to expect
A new version of Microsoft Teams is on the cards. The company plans to launch a preview of the revamped Teams to users in March, reported The Verge. The new Microsoft Teams will have significant performance improvements. Internally, it is dubbed Microsoft Teams 2.0 or 2.1. Microsoft recently announced Teams Premium with features powered by OpenAI's GPT-3.5.
Why does this story matter?
- Microsoft Teams is one of the fastest-growing apps in the Microsoft ecosystem. However, its increasing popularity has not changed its reputation for being a curse of old laptops or PCs.
- By rolling out an entirely new client, Microsoft is burdening itself with the massive task of making the process smooth.
- An optimized client will further aid in enhancing its popularity.
The new version is expected to improve Teams' system usage
Microsoft has reportedly rebuilt the new version of Teams from scratch. According to The Verge, the company's focus was on changing Teams' reputation as a resource hog. Therefore, the new Teams app should use 50% less memory, affect the CPU's performance less, and result in better battery life on laptops. The rebuild is expected to improve the app's system resource usage.
Teams is moving from the Electron framework
Users will be able to toggle between versions
The new Microsoft Teams client should offer users a better experience without draining the resources of their PCs or laptops. However, those who like the current Teams client despite its shortcomings should not worry. According to The Verge, the preview app will include a toggle to switch option between Teams 2.0/2.1 and the existing app.
Microsoft announced Teams Premium with AI-powered features earlier this month
Microsoft is also working on a premium version of Teams. The company announced some of the AI-powered features of Teams Premium earlier this month. The premium version has 'Intelligent recap' that uses GPT 3.5 to automatically generate meeting notes, recommended tasks, and personalized highlights, even if someone misses the meeting. It also has AI-generated live translations for 40 spoken languages, among other features.