The desktop app of Microsoft Teams will soon get offline support. As per Microsoft, “In March, we launched the ability to run the desktop client on Windows and macOS in environments with limited bandwidth or without a network connection. Now we’re working on allowing users to author messages even when offline and have them automatically sent when network connectivity is reestablished.”
The Richmond-based tech giant claims to have reduced the desktop app launch time by about 30% in the testing phase. The company says that this has been achieved by “deferring non-essential operations until after launch, optimized code delivery flows and service side optimizations like migrating services infrastructure to Azure Front Door.”
Coming to other features, video rendering is being optimised by employing methods like reducing the number of animations, blending layers etc. The Teams app on iOS has been optimised to reduce battery consumption by moving the background processing to the Cloud. On Android, the Teams app has been optimised for low bandwidth environments, claims Microsoft. The company has said that this has been made possible by “reducing message sync latencies while increasing messaging reliability by optimizing background conversation syncs and database access patterns.”
Microsoft also plans to add some more features like Large Gallery view, Together Mode and Safe Transfer. Large Gallery view can now show up to 49 participants at the same time on a single screen. Together mode places the participants digitally in a shared background and through Safe Transfer, you can transfer a call between Teams and Skype for Business.