Keeping in touch with your coworkers when you’re in the field for a job is about to get a lot easier for frontline workers as Microsoft will roll out the push-to-talk walkie-talkie feature to Microsoft Teams soon.
According to a new post on the Microsoft 365 Roadmap, the new feature will be available worldwide in September after it was revealed in a post on the Microsoft Teams User Feedback Forum last November.
Once the feature is deployed, Teams users will be able to turn their smartphone or tablet into a walkie talkie that can work both over a cellular or wireless connection.
Corporate Vice President of Modern Workplace Verticals at Microsoft, Emma Williams explained in a blog post how Teams’ walkie-talkie feature will reduce the number of devices employees have to carry every day while offering additional security compared to analog devices, by declaring:
âThis feature, natively integrated into Teams, reduces the number of devices employees need to carry and IT costs. Unlike analog devices with insecure networks, customers no longer have to worry about crosstalk or listening to strangers. And since the walkie talkie works over Wi-Fi or cellular data, this capability can be used in any geographic location. ”
Teams Walkie Talkie Accessories
While Microsoft Teams‘ walkie-talkie feature will work with any smartphone or tablet, it’s even better with a rugged smartphone, as many of these devices include programmable buttons.
For example, in a blog post from Samsung, the Korean hardware giant discussed how Teams’ walkie-talkie feature can be mapped to the programmable button on its Galaxy XCover Pro or on its new Galaxy XCover 5 so workers don’t ‘don’t even need to unlock their smartphone to access push-to-talk (PTT) functionality.
Frontline workers can further increase Teams’ walkie-talkie function by connecting a wired or wireless headset and Microsoft points out in a support document that Jabra BlueParrot and Klein Valor Speaker have both been validated to work with Teams Walkie Talkie. .
To start using the Walkie Talkie in Teams when the feature rolls out in September, you’ll first need to open the app on your smartphone and look for the Walkie Talkie icon in the navigation bar. If it isn’t there, don’t worry as you can tap on More options to access it.