Windows 11 Insider preview adds Microsoft Teams chat feature

The latest insider build for the upcoming new version of Windows lets you chat with other people even if they don’t have Teams.

Microsoft has delivered another feature promised for Windows 11, namely chatting via its Teams app. The latest build for the Windows 11 Insider preview reveals a Taskbar icon through which you can use Microsoft Teams to chat with other people. But the selling point here is that the person on the other end doesn’t need Teams to chat with you. When texting a non-Teams user, your chat will run through SMS.

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The integration with Teams marks a transition for Microsoft. In the past, the company touted Skype as its go-to app for chatting and VoIP calling. But as Zoom and other virtual meeting apps have taken the spotlight in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and the shift to remote working, Microsoft has been…

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