A brand new Microsoft Teams desktop app is coming and it’s web-based

Microsoft’s tools have seen a flurry of changes over the past
few years. Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) are going to be an
important part of the Windows app ecosystem going forward, and
Microsoft is betting big on it.

The latest is a new Progressive Web App for Microsoft Teams
that will be offered for low-end or lightweight devices.

Microsoft Teams new desktop client is based on Microsoft Edge
(Chromium) WebView and it lets you use the communication tool
in its own separate window that does away with your browser’s
address bar. It will also hide other controls, such as the
extension, music bar and menu.

Microsoft Teams Alpha

This new app is internally known as “Microsoft Teams Alpha” and
it’s said to be “secure”. It has been designed with an “always
up-to-date nature” in mind, as well as simplified deployment,
according to sources.

Microsoft Teams PWA

Microsoft Teams PWA is also expected to offer “better loading
performance” and all desktop platforms will be supported, but
it might not replace the current Electron app anytime soon.

Teams WebView

As you can see in the above screenshot of Task Manager
processes, Microsoft Teams Alpha is using Microsoft Edge
WebView, which confirms the PWA connection.

Note that Microsoft Teams Alpha is not entirely web-based and
it will support all Windows 10 features including native
notifications.

The new Teams app could be really handy for low-end devices,
especially for students or frontline worker.

Microsoft Teams performance improvements

In addition to a new app, Microsoft is also working on a big
update for the current Teams desktop client, which is built on
the Electron platform.

According to a forum post,
Microsoft Teams is expected to lot smoother and quicker as
the company plans to reduce memory and CPU usage. The Redmond
firm has confirmed that it’s actively performance issues with
Teams, and improvements are coming for Windows 10 and macOS.

However, it’s unclear when these changes will go live and
there’s also no ETA available as to when Microsoft will
announce the new Teams experience.

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