Overview of Microsoft New Teams

What is it?

The new Teams desktop client is a complete re-designed transformation from the ground up, with enhancing performance as one of the top priorities. It is faster, simpler and provides a more flexible user experience. It installs and loads faster, letting users launch and join meetings quickly and ensures more efficient use of device resources. The lower memory and disk usage is the highlight of Teams, which optimizes according to the device. Whether we have users on multiple accounts or tenants, the new Teams client helps eliminate the silos and bring them together in one place, providing more extensibility and scalability.

Note: To report any issues or concerns, please open a ticket. Your feedback will help us identify any improvements needed before the update.

Who is eligible to use it?

Students, Faculty, Staff, Guests

Where can I get it?

While Microsoft is still polishing up the new experience, you can try it by selecting the “Try the new Teams " toggle in the upper-left corner of the Windows desktop. You can toggle back and forth between the new and classic Teams as often as you like. If you don’t see the toggle, try signing out and back in.

How much does it cost?

There is no cost for this service at this time.

What features are still missing?

Most of the features you are familiar with in classic Teams are already in new Teams. However, a few are still being worked on.

What features are changing?

Classic Teams New Teams
Purple toast notifications You will no longer see the purple "toast" notifications, and the taskbar icon will behave a little differently. Notifications are via Windows native notifications to provide a consistent experience.
Adding a Wiki to a channel tab You will no longer see a Wiki app. Instead, select the Notes app (OneNote app can be added as a tab).

Adding third party cloud storage service from Files app and Files tab in channels

You will no longer see the "Add cloud storage" in the Files app on Teams' left navigation bar and within the Files tab in Teams channels. Now you can add the third party storage app directly from the Teams App Store.
Look up an organizational chart while in a 1:1 chat Select a user’s avatar or profile photo anywhere in Teams and navigate to the organizational chart within the profile card.
Look up LinkedIn while in a 1:1 chat Select a user’s avatar or profile photo anywhere in Teams and navigate to the LinkedIn tab within the profile card.

Adding a document library (DocLib) app to a tab in channels

Use the Sharepoint app instead. Then add the document library from there as a tab to the channel. Existing document libraries will automatically convert to a SharePoint document library on first use.
Activity tab in chat No longer available.
Ability to save messages and files in Teams No longer available. Will be replaced later this year by a similar feature.

Allow users to follow another user's presence, then notify them of availability

Select a user’s avatar or profile photo anywhere in new Teams to quickly get an overview of their online status, next available calendar slot in Outlook, work hours, local time, and work location (remote or office).

Ability to sign out from the notification area at the far right of the taskbar (system tray).

No longer available.
Settings dialog Settings is now an app accessed from the More options menu  in the title bar.
About links in the More options menu  About links are now in the Settings app under the About Teams category.
Help in the app bar The Help entry point, including Help links and Give Feedback is now located under the More options menu  in the title bar.
Ability to build Teams personal apps using Adaptive cards No longer available.
General appearance changes Colors, tool tip styles, and general appearance have been updated.

Ability to use tags in the "Add member" dialog.

There is now an advanced flow for tags.


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