One of the novelties that attracted the most attention in the presentation of Windows 11 was the integration with Teams, Microsoft‘s messaging platform. The company has left Skype in the background a bit, but has surprised with an excellent alternative to WhatsApp fully integrated into its operating system. Thanks to the new Teams chats we will be able to communicate with our family, friends and colleagues in the simplest way possible. Although the first Insider versions of Windows 11 did not yet have this chat available, from today users can start enjoying it.
What does Teams chats offer to Windows 11
Microsoft Teams has become an essential tool for telecommuting. Thanks to it, thousands of companies around the world have been able to survive teleworking, an obligation, due to the COVID pandemic that caught both companies and workers by surprise, and without being ready.
Although Microsoft was not prepared for such an influx of people within its platform, in the end Teams has done very well. And, therefore, taking advantage of the development of Windows 11, Microsoft has wanted to take advantage of it to stand up to WhatsApp and take its messaging platform to a new level.
From now on, Teams is no longer a business tool. Microsoft also wants users to be able to use it to have friends and family within the click of a button. A simple click on the icon on the taskbar, or the Windows + C shortcut, will give us access to all chats and all groups, being able to open any chat, any group, and start a video call at a time.
Everything related to this messaging platform has been perfectly designed with Windows 11 in mind. For example, without going any further, we can respond to any message from the notification itself , without having to open the chat.
Teams for Windows 11 will allow us to add people through email or phone number. And all your contacts, whether they’re from Skype or Outlook, will be synced automatically. Of course, these chats will not only be available on Windows 11, but we will also have them on Linux, macOS, Android, and iOS. A true cross-platform messaging platform that, if you’re lucky, will end the reign of WhatsApp.
Limitations and aspects to consider
The first thing to keep in mind is that, as with other functions and features, the new Teams chats for Windows 11 are only available to a limited group of Insider users , for now. Every so often, Microsoft will expand the circle of users so that more and more users can try this new feature.
In addition, Microsoft asks us to take into account some factors and limitations of its new chat platform (at least for now):
- It’s only available in English.
- The offline mode is not available.
- Not all the functions that the chat will offer are already enabled. New features will be activated week after week.
- Synchronization with Outlook, Skype or from mobile devices can take up to 24 hours.
- If chats are blocked, we must try to deactivate and reactivate the animation effects from the accessibility settings of Windows 11.
Windows 11 development is progressing non-stop. Every time we have more news, features and new functions that, of course, will mark a before and after in the operating system that we all use.