Microsoft is making Microsoft Groups conferences even easier, by including it to Home windows 11’s taskbar. Microsoft Groups integration is the flagship function of Home windows 11 and it’s now a part of the preview builds out there within the Dev Channel of Microsoft’s Insider Program.
Microsoft Groups integration in Home windows 11 is at the moment known as “Chat” and it’s just like Skype Meet Now, however the general expertise is considerably higher. That’s as a result of the Groups chat app relies on Microsoft Groups 2.0, which is powered by Microsoft Edge’s WebView (Chromium model).
Groups Chat isn’t a full-fledged Microsoft Groups consumer. It merely permits you to handle chat, and video calls, in any other case often called “Meet”. To launch Groups Chat inside Home windows 11, you have to click on the little chat icon that’s been added to the Taskbar. Or you can even use the Win+C shortcut.
As you may see within the under screenshot, Groups Chat affords two options: Meet (video calls) and Chat (texts.
To get began, you’ll want to seek out the suitable contact and ship an invite in the event that they haven’t joined the Groups platform.
Groups Chat integration is definitely free and others can obtain your message by way of electronic mail or SMS. If the contact is already identified to you, you’ll be capable of find the particular person utilizing the Groups search function.
The contact can be detected mechanically by way of your Microsoft Groups, Skype, and Outlook accounts. You too can sync your Skype and Outlook contacts for higher communication with family and friends.
Should you click on on a dialog, Groups Chat will launch the Microsoft Groups app. You’ll be prompted to obtain the app in case you don’t have already got it put in.
For the time being, you may solely ship and obtain messages. The assembly or video calls function hasn’t been carried out, however Microsoft has promised that they’re on their manner.
Along with video calls integration, Microsoft may also allow assist for display sharing, presence and standing settings, display sharing, and extra.
To assist Groups integration, Microsoft has created a brand new Groups consumer for Home windows 11 utilizing Edge WebView.
You’ll nonetheless get the identical set of options together with immersive assembly experiences, stay emoji integrations, recordings, and extra, however the general expertise can be considerably sooner. That’s as a result of the brand new Groups consumer relies on Edge WebView and it goals to scale back reminiscence utilization.
As talked about on the outset, Microsoft Groups integration is at the moment out there to Home windows Insider testers solely and it will likely be launched to everybody later this yr.