Microsoft has begun launching an early preview of the Microsoft Teams integration features to a subset of Insiders on the latest Dev Channel building. The Teams Chat integration automatically appears on the taskbar after a reboot if you are eligible to test it.
Microsoft Teams integration on Windows 11 was one of the major feature announcements for the operating system, allowing you to communicate with friends, family, and colleagues directly from the taskbar. It works via a combination of two things; a dedicated chatflyout user interface built into the taskbar, and a new lightweight Teams client powered by WebView2.
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This first preview only includes the ability to sync contacts and send text to them, with video calls and “meet now” features coming later. Microsoft highlights the following features that will be available through Teams Chat integration when done:
- When you want to reach someone, it’s as simple as clicking the Chat icon in the taskbar (or WIN + C for hotkey fans out there!). In an instant, you see your recent individual and group conversations and can answer or start a new chat or conversation.
- When others contact you, you will receive beautiful, native alerts and even be able to respond directly to text chats. You can accept or reject calls directly from the notifications and decide whether you want to download only as audio or video.
- You do not have to ask family and friends for special codes to get in touch with them. Just send a message to their email address or phone number, and if they are not already using Teams, they will receive your message via email or SMS along with an invitation to join the Teams network if they wish.
- If you have previously used Skype or Outlook for personal communication with your Microsoft account, you have the option to sync these contacts to start using them from day one. You can also sync contacts from your mobile device by installing the Teams mobile app and turning on contact syncing, which saves you time.
- You can easily invite others to group chat or video chat. Just copy the link and send it or share it via email, regardless of whether they have Teams installed. They can click on the link it to join.
Again, Teams Chat integration is now rolling out to a subset of Insiders. It is unclear who will get it or when, but more insiders should receive the feature in the coming weeks if you do not get it right away.
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