Microsoft has hired a new boss to lead development of Teams consumer. This is the version bundled in Windows 11 based on a new client architecture. But as we explain here, while Microsoft will ship a nice new consumer Teams client in Windows 11, there’s a bunch of work to be done to ship an enterprise Teams client built on the new architecture. Don’t expect this client to appear when Windows 11 ships.
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If allowed by your organization, you can send email to a Teams channel. Teams uses the email to start a new conversation and this is a great way to get a debate going about something which first appears in email. Managing the Teams email integration features isn’t hard. You can define domains to accept email from and enable or disable the feature. After that, it’s up to team members to use the capability. Hopefully, they’ll resist the temptation to remove email addresses from channels, which is something which should be limited to team owners.
From August 17, 2021, Microsoft 365 apps no longer support IE11 (the Teams browser client dropped support last year). IE11 fans need to move to a new browser. Microsoft would prefer if you choose the Edge browser, but anything but IE11 should do a better job in the future.
TEC 2021, The Experts Conference, takes place as a virtual event on September 1-2. In this article, Tony selects his favorite sessions from the event agenda. This isn’t to say that the other sessions are no good. Everyone’s got their own favorite topics and there are many other TEC 2021 sessions covering other topics which will make others very happy.
Teams is the first major Microsoft 365 application to ship support for Fluid components. Teams chats can include components like a task list, checklist, table, or paragraph. When a live component is sent to other chat participants, everyone involved in the chat can edit and update the component. It’s a new way of collaborative working which challenges traditional approaches. Fluid components will also find their way into applications like OneNote, Outlook, and Whiteboard. Looks like a good thing, but how do these components work in practice?