Microsoft Teams Walkie Talkie feature is now widely available

Microsoft Teams Walkie Talkie feature is now widely available


Microsoft is making the Walkie Talkie feature of Microsoft Teams generally available to all users of its communications app today. Walkie Talkie lets Microsoft Teams users turn their smartphones or tablets into walkie-talkies that work over cellular data or Wi-FI. It was originally announced two years ago and has mostly been available in preview ever since. The feature rolled out widely on Android in September 2020, but now Microsoft says it's available for Zebra mobile devices as well as iPhone and iPad.

Microsoft primarily applies this to frontline workers, employees who deal with customers and carry out day-to-day operations within the company. The software maker's collaboration with Zebra Technologies makes it work with dedicated push-to-talk buttons for fast and secure communication. These devices are widely used by frontline workers, employees who have helped steer the world through the ongoing pandemic.

The walkie-talkie feature is still rare in communication apps. WhatsApp lets you record audio snippets rather than what can be sent and received, and Slack rolled out Huddles features like Discord last year to let people get in and out of calls with ease. Apple did launch its walkie-talkie feature on the Apple Watch in 2018, using push-to-talk over FaceTime Audio calls.

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