Microsoft Teams will soon let you use your phone like an old-school walkie-talkie

Microsoft Teams will soon let you use your phone like an old-school walkie-talkie

Microsoft is working on a new feature for its Teams video app. Arriving in public preview in September, Microsoft Teams is to get walkie-talkie with your phone, letting you easily communicate with co-workers, either over a wireless or a cellular connection.

The walkie-talkie app will be baked directly into Microsoft Teams phones, and it will be available worldwide from September 2021. Those of you who relish the nostalgia of old analog communication will be pleased to know that this new Teams feature isn’t too far off the mark.

First spotted by TechRadar, a new entry in the Microsoft 365 roadmap outlines an upcoming update called ‘Microsoft Teams: Walkie Talkie on Teams Phones.’

After the feature has launched, Microsoft Teams users can literally turn any Teams phone into a fully functional Walkie Talkie device. Users can push-to-talk, instantly connecting with colleagues in much the same manner as old analog Walkie-Talkies, but with the added bonus of secure communication that’s free from eavesdropping.

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