Microsoft Teams Expanding Its Role with Windows 11

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By Michael Inouye | 3Q 2021 | IN-6205


Microsoft Teams Built into Windows 11


Microsoft announced that Windows 11 will have Microsoft Teams built in (as part of the task bar) when it begins rolling out in late 2021. The tighter integration and seamless launching of communications and collaborations positions Microsoft Teams (and Microsoft’s suite/productivity solutions) to better compete against companies like Slack and Zoom on the enterprise side; its push to more broadly expand its exposure to users puts it in a position to gain ground in the consumer space as well to better match alternatives like Apple’s FaceTime. While Skype for Business is ending by July 31, 2021, the consumer version will have an extended period of support, but it will likely see a similar migration to Teams once Windows 11 has hit its critical mass of installations.

Starting in July 2020, Microsoft Teams began broadening the collaborative platform’s appeal to third-party app developers, allowing them to create apps that integrated into Teams to display content, post notifications, and so on and to become part of the workflow (without having to use screen share).…

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