Microsoft Teams preview

Early this year, Microsoft announced the public preview of the new Microsoft Teams app for Windows. This new Teams preview app is built from the ground up focusing on performance, speed and intelligence. Microsoft recently added information on Teams roadmap that the new Teams app roll out will begin in October 2023.

Even though the new Teams client will have most of the features that are already available in the existing Teams client, Microsoft has made some changes to the existing features. You can read about the list of changes here.

Right now, in the preview phase, many of the features you already use on classic Teams are already in the new Teams experience, but some key features are still missing.

For example, search in chats and channels is not available in the new experience. Even 3rd party apps and LOB apps support is not available in the Teams experience. Some popular meetings and call features such as Breakout rooms and call queues are not available in the new Teams experience.

The following features are not available in the new Teams experience:

  • Mac, VDI, EDU, and web platforms
  • Special clouds (GCC, GCC-High, DoD)
  • Advanced calling features, such as call queues and reverse number lookup
  • Advanced meeting features, such as breakout rooms and 7×7 video
  • Teams and channel creation, cross-posting, and channel announcements
  • Search in chats and channels
  • 3rd party apps and Line of Business (LOB) apps

You can read about the feature parity in detail here.