A new addition to Microsoft Teams was recently unveiled in the hopes that it will pique the interest of looser collaborative ensembles.
The video conferencing service has spent a lot of time perfecting its products for businesses, and now it wants to help people connect through its new Communities feature.
In a world where many individuals take on extra tasks such as recreational sports teams, event planning committees, and parent-teacher organisations, the firm believes its new addition may give possibilities to interact, discuss, and cooperate with others outside of work.
Groups using Microsoft’s TeamSpeak
Communities appears to be a combination of the more traditional features of Microsoft Teams with a less stuffy group chat, allowing administrators to create private forums that can be branded and otherwise altered to suit their needs.
Microsoft VP of product Amit Fulay told The Verge, “there is a group of communities that are wanting to get things done,” and these people are “quite separate from pure fan communities or debate communities.”
Communities are being rolled out to users of the free version of Microsoft Teams on iOS and Android devices, with plans to extend desktop support also announced. The company has already begun collaborating with organisations such as the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO), USA Hockey, and the California School for the Deaf, Riverside.
Microsoft is providing the upgrade to users of the free Microsoft Teams Essentials account, as well as users of the Microsoft 365 (formerly Office 365) Personal and Family plan.
In the future, the internet giant plans to “work with additional organisations and communities,” including integrating SignUpGenius features to assist users in recruiting volunteers and coordinating events.
Microsoft’s chief marketing officer for Teams, Manik Gupta, has said that the business is “just getting started” and will monitor product use to determine whether or not to increase production.
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