We've had a clearer look at Microsoft Teams 2.0

Microsoft Teams 2.0 Windows 11
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With the release of Windows 11 next month, Microsoft Teams (opens in new tab) is getting a visual makeover as well as a whole new app based on Microsoft Edge (opens in new tab).

As reported (opens in new tab) by Windows Latest, the software giant's new video conferencing (opens in new tab) client is currently being referred to as Microsoft Teams 2.0 (opens in new tab) and will be more heavily integrated into the next major Windows release.

A new update is currently rolling out for Teams 2.0 that finally enables support for Mica (opens in new tab) in Windows 11. For those unfamiliar, Mica is an opaque and dynamic material that applies both a user's theme and desktop wallpaper to the background of active windows. According to Microsoft, Mica was designed with improved performance and it is generally faster than the company's Fluent Design (opens in new tab) acrylic effect.

While users running a mobile workstation (opens in new tab) or high-end PC (opens in new tab) won't have to worry, those with lower-end hardware or using battery saver mode on their laptop won't be able to use the Mica effect in Microsoft Teams or other Windows software.

Electron-based vs Edge-based Teams app

Microsoft Teams 2.0, which is based on Teams for the web and powered by Microsoft's browser (opens in new tab), is intended for consumers while the company plans to focus on the existing Electron client (opens in new tab) for Teams for business and education use.

Although the new Teams app is currently in preview, it already performs really well and is available for Windows 11 (opens in new tab). Interested users already running the next version of Windows can download it by launching Microsoft's Chat app from the taskbar.

Despite the fact that the company's new preview app appears nearly identical to Teams for the web, it does feel a lot faster than the Electron-powered desktop client according to Windows Latest. The app also now allows users resize windows and includes the ability to quote replies (opens in new tab) directly from the conversation tab.

Just like Microsoft's desktop client, Teams 2.0 supports calling, messaging, audio controls, meeting management and native Windows notifications. However, it's also directly integrated into Windows 11's new Chat app.

We'll likely find out even more about Microsoft Teams 2.0 when Windows 11 officially launches on October 5.

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After working with the TechRadar Pro team for the last several years, Anthony is now the security and networking editor at Tom’s Guide where he covers everything from data breaches and ransomware gangs to the best way to cover your whole home or business with Wi-Fi. When not writing, you can find him tinkering with PCs and game consoles, managing cables and upgrading his smart home.