January 22, 2020
Microsoft Teams walkie talkie

Microsoft is About to Add a Walkie Talkie Feature to its Teams Collaboration Platform, Starting as a Preview Option

Software giant Microsoft is giving its collaboration platform, Microsoft teams, a walkie talkie feature, beginning as a preview option…

Microsoft is adding a walkie talkie communications tool to Teams, its Slack competitor. It will debut as a preview in the coming months, which will turn smartphones and tablets into walkie talkies that will work over WiFi or cellular connections.

Microsoft Teams Walkie Talkie Feature to be Added to the Platform

The coming Microsoft Teams walkie talkie feature is designed primarily for “firstline workers.” Meaning, it’s made for team members who regularly interact with customers and those who run day-to-day operations.

Microsoft is pushing the tool as one that’s secure due to the fact that traditional walkie talkies are known for being unsecure devices. Emma Williams, a Microsoft corporate vice president, says, “Unlike analog devices with unsecure networks, customers no longer have to worry about crosstalk or eavesdropping from outsiders.”

Although this is a useful feature, it’s not widely offered. For instance, Slack, WhatsApp, and Messenger do not have walkie talkie options. Although, Apple did offer something similar as a watch app a couple of years ago.

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