What you need to know
- Microsoft Teams now supports Walkie Talkie on iPhone and iPad.
- People can use push-to-talk as a new way to stay connected.
- The feature is available to everyone on iOS and iPadOS.
Microsoft Teams has become more integral to the way people stay in touch during the pandemic and Microsoft says that it wants to make sure that technology can "reduce stress and system friction." As part of that goal, it's making the Teams Walkie Talkie app available to everyone who has an iPhone or iPad to hand.
As that name suggests, the change means that an iPhone or iPad can be used as a walkie-talkie of sorts, with users pushing and holding a button while they talk. When they're done talking they take their finger off the button and allow someone else to talk. It really is like the walkie-talkies we used as kids except now instead of talking to your friend down the street it's Bill from accounting.
Microsoft made the announcement via a larger blog post (opens in new tab) that outlined a few more changes that the company hopes will help people out. If you're a heavy Microsoft Teams user — commiserations! — now might be a good time to learn what Microsoft has in store.
Don't yet have Teams installed? You can get it from the App Store (opens in new tab) now and it's completely free. It's also the number one app in the business category, so it must be doing something right.
Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.
Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.
Does the feature work on both TEAMS business and TEAMS personal? On the iPhone, and Android, the same app supports both, but the capabilities do vary greatly, depending on how you are logged in, i.e. which account.
The actual application was not created very well. You have to create channels and everyone in that channel has to be logged in and connected in order to receive the message. If you are not logged into that that channel you will not get a notification and you will not hear the message. It is lacking and not very useful in my opinion. I was super excited about it until it came out and I actually tried to use it with my team.
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