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Windows 11’s lightweight Microsoft Teams may launch for more users soon

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Microsoft Teams has been generally available for five years and has grown exponentially, with Teams becoming the number one fastest-growing business messaging client in the company’s history. With Windows 11, Microsoft is making it easier for everyone to access Teams by integrating the feature into the taskbar.

Microsoft will continue to release key Teams updates and features to all customers each week, as it has for the past five years. Microsoft recently confirmed that it has been working hard on Teams performance and will likely continue to do so. According to the company, Teams is now significantly faster on Windows 11 and Windows 10.

While the original Microsoft Teams client is now faster than ever, Teams 2.0 (web-based client) still offers better performance. However, Teams 2.0 is currently exclusive to personal accounts. As Microsoft describes in a documentit is not possible to use your work or school account in Teams 2.0.

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In a new statement, a Microsoft official suggested that Teams 2.0 (web-based client) could gain support for work and business accounts at some point in the future, but a release timeline is not available at this time.

“I can say that there is a heavy resource allocation for the WebView2 work you mention for business users, although I can’t comment on a timeline at this time,” a Microsoft official noted in a commentary on the company’s blog post published earlier this month.

“Fully recognize the need to continue pushing hard in this area in terms of responsiveness, latency and resource utilization, both with short-term team gains and longer-term architectural changes to achieve step-function improvements,” the statement reads.

Unlike the classic Teams, Microsoft’s new Teams 2.0 has dropped Angular in favor of the new open-source front-end JavaScript library React.js. React has emerged as the preferred choice due to performance and customizability improvements, and the new Teams client is written in React with Edge WebView based components.

With Teams 2.0, Microsoft has rewritten the technology that powers the web code base and moved from Electron to using WebView2. The container has been rewritten from Angular to React.

It’s worth noting that React is used in several Microsoft products and supports the new Fluent UI, Office and more. Right now, React seems to be the company’s preferred web framework technology.

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