Microsoft Teams for Consumer is Coming Later this Year
Microsoft announced today a big change to how they are looking at consumer productivity. The company announced two new apps, Family Safety and Teams (for Consumer). Along with the new apps, they are releasing a new browser-plugin called Editor, password manager features to Edge, and a lot more.
Microsoft is adding new features to its Office 365 suite for consumers and is updating branding as well, Calling it Microsoft 365 Home and Personal but the important thing I am going to focus on is the update to Teams; you can read about the other updates here.
As expected, Microsoft is rolling out later this year a Teams update that will enable functionality for families (and friends) to create a Teams hub for communication, document sharing, calendaring, and password management.
What’s key here is that Microsoft is not releasing this as a separate application, if you are using Teams for work, you can switch accounts and then access your personal information. Microsoft is likely (hopefully!) implementing strict data access controls to prevent accidental data leakage across accounts. And if you do have friends on Skype, you should be able to call/message them from inside of Teams.
Say Goodbye to Traditional PC Lifecycle Management
Traditional IT tools, including Microsoft SCCM, Ghost Solution Suite, and KACE, often require considerable custom configurations by T3 technicians (an expensive and often elusive IT resource) to enable management of a hybrid onsite + remote workforce. In many cases, even with the best resources, organizations are finding that these on-premise tools simply cannot support remote endpoints consistently and reliably due to infrastructure limitations.
Like the commercial offering, it looks like there will be third-party access as well but details are limited at this time. The company says that the application will roll-out this summer on mobile devices and the desktop (or more than likely web) version will be released in the fall.
Microsoft is going to be running this application along-side its Skype app. The company says that Skype currently has 40 million daily active users but I would not be surprised to see the company push those users towards Teams, once it becomes available.