Microsoft Teams' communication and collaboration platform will soon add a push-to-talk feature that allows smartphones and tablets to act as walkie-talkies.
Microsoft introduced the upcoming walkie-talkie feature in a blog post that describes new ways that its products and services empower first-line employees or those with service or task-oriented roles.
According to the post, the push-to-talk function enables "clear, immediate and secure voice communication", which enables you to transform company-owned smartphones and tablets into walkie-talkies. Unlike call features that may be rejected, the walkie-talkie feature sends a message to a person or group of people quickly and easily.
Microsoft stated that the walkie-talkie feature reduces the number of devices that first-time users need. This helps lower IT costs for the business and increases crosstalk or eavesdropping compared to analog devices prevent.
Microsoft Teams' walkie-talkie feature works through cellular data or Wi-Fi workers in different geographic locations.
The push-to-talk feature will be launched in a private preview for Microsoft teams in the first half of the year. The walkie-talkie icon will appear in the middle of the app's lower navigation bar when it becomes available.
The walkie-talkie feature gives Microsoft Teams an advantage over Slack because the main competitor does not yet offer such a feature. A comparison of Slack and Microsoft Teams from Digital Trends shows the advantages of the individual collaboration platforms: Slack is the better known and more convenient tool than an independent application, and Microsoft Teams is more suitable for larger, more complex companies, especially for companies with Office 365 subscriptions.
In the meantime, Apple has introduced a similar function for the Apple Watch via watchOS 5, which offers similar advantages over analog devices. However, for most companies, it may not be possible to provide an Apple Watch to all first-time users Only for the walkie-talkie functions due to the cost of such a move.
Microsoft's blog post listed additional preview features designed to help first-time users: Microsoft team tasks, SMS sign-in, device logout, and delegated user management.