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Welcome to the new era of Microsoft Teams

Since its inception in 2017, our vision for Teams has always been to gather all your communication and collaboration tools in one place, from chat and meetings to apps and files. Whether used for work, school or life, over 280 million people rely on Teams every month to be productive and connect with colleagues, partners, customers, friends and family. Teams has also enabled great innovation from third-party independent software vendors (ISVs), enterprise developers, and system integrators—resulting in over 1,900 apps in the Store as well as over 100,000 custom apps that integrate seamlessly with the Teams platform. These applications, combined with a broad ecosystem of Teams-certified devices and rooms, help you stay productive and in the workflow.

We've listened to your feedback, which has culminated in a redesign of Teams from the ground up.

The new app is built on a foundation of speed, performance, flexibility and intelligence – delivering up to two times faster performance while using 50 percent less memory so you can save time and collaborate more effectively. We have also streamlined the user experience so that it is easier to use and easier to find everything in one place. These improvements also form the basis for game-changing new AI-powered experiences, as Copilot for Microsoft Teams, which was announced earlier this month. 1

While we've already made a steady stream of improvements to the existing Teams apps, the biggest breakthroughs will only be available with the new Teams. Below is a summary of the key areas of improvement, but you can delve into the full list this spring Tech Community Blog .

The new Microsoft Teams: Faster, easier, more flexible and smarter

Faster. Our north star for new teams is to do it twice as fast while using half the system resources. To achieve this, we have made a basic investment to review the platform to optimize the data, network, chat and video architecture for speed and performance. We're by no means done optimizing performance for new teams, but we've already seen a lot of promising data even from the public preview rolling out today. We have worked on it independently the benchmarking company GigaOm to quantify some of the performance gains, reporting that both app launching and joining meetings are already twice as fast, and memory consumption has been cut in half when testing the new Teams preview compared to classic Teams. 2

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Easier. We're always looking for ways to provide a simpler yet feature-rich experience for our diverse and growing user base. That's why we're excited to launch improvements to the core Teams experience that make it easier for you to stay on top of your notifications, search for information, manage your messages, and organize your channels—all with fewer clicks. For more information on the design journey for new teams, take a look here the blog post from Microsoft Design.

More flexible. We know that many of our customers have organizations that span multiple tenants and accounts. That's why we've made a big investment in our support for these scenarios. We've improved our authentication model, synchronization and notification system to provide a seamless and consistent experience. For example, many customers need to collaborate with people across organizational boundaries, which sometimes means using Teams across multiple tenants or accounts. Instead of signing in and out of different tenants and accounts, you can now be signed in to all of them - receive notifications regardless of which one you're currently using.

A drop-down panel in the new Microsoft Teams app that shows multiple tenants and accounts.

Smarter. The new Teams will be the foundation for next-generation AI experiences, including those we've previously announced, such as intelligent summary and Copilot for Microsoft Teams . We'll use AI to take the work out of working together by letting you know what happened before you joined a meeting or chat and answering your questions during the conversation flow. We're only just beginning to see the potential of AI within Teams, and we'll have much more to share in the future.

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We're targeting general availability for new teams later this year in 2023. In the meantime, we're encouraging our commercial customers using Windows to try the public preview, which is rolling out starting today. We intend to expand the preview to a wider set of customers, including Mac users, later this year. While users in our Public Preview program will have access to the new Teams immediately, our broader set of commercial customers will need an administrator to first sign up, after which users will see a simple toggle to switch to the new Teams. You'll also be able to switch back to classic Teams at any time.

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