Microsoft is gearing up to make Teams 2.0 the default client later this year

Kevin Okemwa

The new Teams 2.0 app

In March, Microsoft debuted a new Teams app for Windows (also referred to as Teams 2.0) in public preview. And when compared to the classic version of the app on Windows, Teams 2.0 is faster, more flexible, easy to use, and more intelligent since it ships with AI capabilities.

And as it now seems, Microsoft is getting ready to default the new Teams app for everyone on Windows later this year. Microsoft’s Product Lead for the revamped Teams version, Anupam Pattnaik disclosed these details to Microsoft veteran, Stephen Rose while on Petri’s UnplugIT podcast,

Pattnaik indicated that:

Right now, the classic Teams is the default because we do not have all the features that we support in classic Teams in the new Teams. That’s the reason we have right now classic Teams as the default option, but sometime later this calendar year, we’ll make the new Teams the default option when we have feature parity, and when we feel confident that users can switch to the new Teams.

He further disclosed that Microsoft is working towards debuting the new Teams client for Mac, VDI, and web users sometime this year, too. There’s also a strategy in place to roll out Teams 2.0 to other customer segments like EDU, and Government Cloud later this year.

The exact date when this change is expected to take place isn’t yet clear. However, Microsoft has been busy at work pushing security updates and improvements to Teams 2.0.

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via Petri