An upcoming new version of Microsoft Teams coming our way soon could deliver massive performance improvements over the existing software.
The upgraded software – reportedly dubbed “Teams 2.0” – is reportedly being tested by employees and a public preview could be released in March 2023.
The rewritten video conferencing software is designed for modern machines, which means it should be more efficient, resulting in a faster experience and less battery drain for laptops.
Microsoft Teams 2.0
The new built-in Microsoft Teams experience in Windows 11 is already delivering some improvements, but it looks like more will follow.
In addition, older versions are still circulating, especially among companies that choose to use Windows 10 (an operating system that still accounts for more than two-thirds of all Windows installations according to Stat counter (opens in new tab)).
Former Microsoft Teams CVP Rish Tandon explained the changes Twitter (opens in new tab) while the updated Teams client was rolled out to Windows 11 users, explaining that the project had moved from Electron, using Edge Webview2 instead.
Tandon also described the move from Angular to reactjs, which should allow Teams 2.0 to deliver improvements to the user interface.
In terms of new features, Microsoft Teams clients are expected to be able to support multiple accounts, deliver work scenarios, and release predictability.
Perhaps most importantly, Tandon explained that “Teams 2.0 will consume half the memory of the same consumer account on Teams 1.0”.
The reduction in RAM and CPU usage could lead companies to issue more scaled-down hardware to some employees, helping them cut costs. End users should also be able to notice the resulting battery improvements when using the software.
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