Microsoft has released a public preview of the Teams Walkie Talkie app for iPhones to help frontline workers communicate.
The Teams Walkie Talkie app for Android has been available in preview for over a year now and came to Samsung Galaxy XCover Pro devices late last year. The app offers push-to-talk (PTT) services for frontline workers, so participants can talk one at a time, in turn and talk and listen.
Microsoft is dropping the Teams app as an alternative to workers carrying large, dedicated PTT radios. Like an old-fashioned walkie-talkie, the Walkie Talkie app has a microphone button that users have to press and hold to talk, and then the user has to release the button to listen to the other speaker.
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“This push-to-talk experience enables clear, instant and secure voice communication across the cloud, turning employees or company-owned iOS and Android smartphones and tablets into a walkie-talkie,”
Another benefit is that users do not have to worry about frequency statics affecting analog devices. It also offers a shield against interrogation and eavesdropping and can work over large geographical regions since it works via Wi-Fi or mobile networks.
Frontline or front-line workers are a key segment of Microsoft’s 365 / Office 365 growth plans. The segment consists of employees who spend most of their time away from their desks, in the field or on factory floors.
Once configured, you can access the Walkie Talkie app from an icon in the navigation bar. Users can only connect to one channel at a time, but they can switch channels to listen or talk on another channel. The app shows how many are currently connected to the channel.