Sometimes you have to think about the details to improve a service. A proof of this comes from Microsoft Teams. This week, the service clients for Windows and macOS were updated to allow you to switch between chats 30% faster. And that’s not the only news.
For occasional users of the service, this type of adjustment makes little or no difference. But for those who use Microsoft Teams on a daily basis — a common scenario in professional environments — the gain in agility can be easily noticeable.
The goal is to provide a smoother overall usage experience — or at least save your patience. Chen explains that for a typical Microsoft Teams user, switching between chats, channels, and activity feeds is the most common action. If so, it makes sense to pay attention to this aspect.
Chen also says that, considering the last two years, the action of switching between chat conversations has become 32% faster. Switch between channels, 39%. But it doesn’t end there.
Time to join meetings and more
Jeff Chen was keen to point out that the time to join Microsoft Teams online meetings has also improved. This action is now 21% faster.
Other actions related to meetings also had performance gains. For example, hand-raising latency improved by 16%.
All these numbers complement the adjustments that began to be made two years ago. This is the case of an update implemented in June 2022. With it, Microsoft Teams reduced the load time of message pages by 11%. Message compose boxes were 63% faster.
Other recent tweaks include a 16% reduced mute and mute time, and a 9% faster pre-meeting screen.
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