Microsoft has been
working on a redesigned version of Microsoft Teams for
Windows 10 and Windows 11. Unlike the current desktop client,
Microsoft Teams 2.0 is moving from the Electron to Edge Webview
library) from Angular.
The brand new Teams client was first announced during the
Windows 11 event and it is currently being referred to as
“Teams 2.0”. With Microsoft Teams 2.0, Microsoft is planning to
target consumers and make its popular video collaboration tool
available on more devices.
Microsoft Teams 2.0 is based on Edge WebView2 and it will be
initially exclusive to Windows 10 and Windows 11. With Edge
WebView 2, Microsoft will be using embedded web technologies
Thanks to a leaked build, we have now managed to download and
install an early preview of the brand new Microsoft Teams app.
Microsoft Teams 2.0 first look
The new app is built around the Microsoft Teams web, but it
uses Edge (Chromium) WebView, which means Microsoft has removed
the browser’s address bar and users can run Microsoft Teams in
a separate window like the current desktop app.
The browser’s extension and main menu are also gone, but you
can find traces of Edge browser when you right-click anywhere
in the app’s window.
In our tests, we observed that Teams 2.0 is significantly
faster than the current desktop app and it can run smoothly on
lower-end devices with 4GB of RAM and Core i3 (10th-gen)
without suffering major hits to their performance.
Teams memory usage has also dropped and overall performance is
significantly better than than the current platform. In fact,
Microsoft Teams can now launch instantly and it won’t get stuck
on the loading screen, thanks to the Microsoft Edge background
processes and WebView integration.
This new Teams client has been designed with consumers and
performance in mind, and it will offer an “always up-to-date
nature” thanks to the use of Edge WebView.
In other words, users can easily download and update the
client. Microsoft has also enabled integration with all Windows
10 features, such as native notifications, including the
upcoming Teams chat app in Windows 11.
All necessary Microsoft Teams features are available in the new
version, but advanced controls are currently missing. For
example, the functionality of the together mode is limited and
users cannot make changes to the noise cancellation settings.
The new web-based Teams client is currently under development
and Microsoft will enable support for features like multiple
accounts and improved PowerPoint integration.