Teams built in to new Windows taskbar
Microsoft has given a closer view of how Teams will be integrated into Windows 11.
An update rolled out via Windows Insiders – which lets a group of users test new features – sees a new chat “flyout” added to the resigned taskbar, giving instant access to Teams chats.
The feature is currently focused on consumer users.
In a blog post, Brandon LeBlanc, Senior Program Manager at Microsoft, said: “We’re beginning to roll out new Windows 11 consumer experiences to bring you closer to the people you love, your friends and family, using Microsoft Teams.
“This includes a sleek new Chat flyout right off the taskbar as well as an overall Teams desktop experience architected for optimized performance and the Windows 11 design language”
“You can remain connected to the people you care about with chats and video calls from the convenience of your Windows 11 PC, while they can participate from any device with Microsoft Teams: desktop, mobile, or even just a web browser.”
The flyout can be opened regardless of what other windows the user has open and will disappear once the user is finished. Chats can also be initiated using the WIN + C shortcut.
Alternatively, the user can click ‘open Microsoft Teams’, found at the bottom of the flyout, and be taken to a redesigned interface.
The integration of Teams into Windows 11 was announced when the latest iteration of the operating system was revealed in June.