The brand new Microsoft Groups makes me wish to change from Slack

The following era of Microsoft Groups is right here, and I’m watching Slack, questioning once I’m going to get a equally spectacular replace.

In a blog post, Microsoft introduced that it’s now rolling out the brand new, fully rebuilt model of Groups in a public preview. The preview that’s obtainable at the moment is simply obtainable for these utilizing Groups on Home windows, FYI. The corporate additionally began rolling out its new characteristic which permits customers to turn themselves into a 3D avatar on a video name.

So, what’s new with the brand new Groups? The obvious is a redesign, however there’s much more occurring beneath the hood. Based on the corporate, Groups has been rebuilt utilizing completely different coding languages which have made the app far more environment friendly. Within the video beneath, you may see that the brand new preview of Groups now masses about twice as quick because the previous model. The corporate says that the brand new app additionally takes up solely half of the reminiscence and fewer storage.

In fact, there’s at all times much more with a serious overhaul like Microsoft Groups obtained at the moment. Along with the efficiency good points, the app has been redesigned, added the flexibility to change between accounts, and can combine with the corporate’s upcoming AI features like Microsoft 365 Copilot. To rejoice, Microsoft launched a promotional video displaying off the entire modifications. Test it out beneath:

Microsoft says that it plans to roll out the general public preview of the brand new model of Groups later this yr and can make it extra broadly obtainable by the top of the yr.

Wanting on the new model of Microsoft Groups and the AI options the corporate is planning to roll out to its productiveness suite undoubtedly has been feeling some FOMO. I’m at present deep within the Google Workspace and Slack ecosystem, however seeing what a extra carefully built-in productiveness suite can supply, particularly when it’s boosted by AI, has me hoping Google can catch up. In any other case, I is perhaps leaping on the Microsoft/OpenAI practice.


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