Most of us are connected to the internet all day, but poor
network connectivity can lead to spotty Microsoft Teams
experience, especially on Windows which consumes more data than
Earlier this year, Microsoft announced that it’s working on a
new feature to help you to stay connected when your device is
offline. With the
offline mode in Microsoft Teams, you can now queue messages
when your device is not connected to the internet.
Once you’re connected, Microsoft will automatically send the
message to the user while remembering the context.
Microsoft is now introducing a new feature called “low-data
mode” to help you preserve internet data. This feature is for
those with a poor or limited network connection, and it’ll help
you reduce the data usage by limiting the amount of bandwidth
that can be used during a video call or meeting.
The new low-data mode will begin rolling out to users in early
2021 and you’ll be able to adjust the settings in Teams. You’ll
have different options based on the network availability and
you can also configure different data settings for cellular or
The idea for Microsoft Teams low-data mode is pretty simple.
For example, you’re chatting with your co-workers or
participants, and you end up in a spot where the network
connection is not stable enough. Currently, the call will begin
to buffer and disconnect when you run out of the bandwidth.
Next year, Microsoft will try to cut down bandwidth usage and
help you cap the data to avoid cellular charges.
Of course, you’ll still need an internet connection to join
meetings or to send your messages successfully.
According to the roadmap, this new low-data mode will begin
rolling out to users by March.
In addition, the tech giant recently started rolling out the
new distraction-free calls support to reduce background
Microsoft also appears to be testing new ‘Out of Office’
status to help you hide while staying connected to the
Teams. This feature is for those users that prefer to work in
peace and quiet, and it will begin rolling out in the coming