Microsoft has improved the free version of Microsoft Teams for Windows 11 today. Microsoft Teams’ built-in app now includes support for Microsoft Teams’ communities feature, Microsoft’s answer to Facebook or Discord. The Microsoft Designer AI art tool will also be supported. This allows you to create images using text prompts for event invitations, social media posts and other things.
Microsoft Teams communities launched in December allows family, friends, small businesses, or community groups to organise themselves through chat, meetings, and calendars. Microsoft Teams Communities is Microsoft’s response to Facebook, WhatsApp, Reddit and other services that allow people to organize groups.
Microsoft Teams’ communities feature was previously only available on mobile devices. Today, Windows 11 users can now create and manage their own communities within Teams. In a blog post , Amit Fulay explains that Windows 11 community owners are able to create communities from scratch. They can also invite and share members, host events, moderate and control content, as well as receive notifications about important activities. Microsoft plans to extend its support for community features to Windows 10, macOS and the web in the near future.
Microsoft Teams will include a preview of Microsoft Designer. Designer can be used by communities to create banners for their teams or event invitations. The same service is being incorporated into Microsoft Edge. It’s a combination of DALL-E-like features and Adobe Express-like capabilities for basic AI-powered images.
Teams’ communities will also benefit from mobile and usability enhancements. With markup tools, filters and the ability to record videos on a mobile phone, you can now do so. In the next few days, featured communities will be available for iOS, Android and Windows 11. Microsoft has also added polls to Teams communities and improved the moderation of who can be a part of a community.
Microsoft has also updated GroupMe. This is the mobile group messaging app that Microsoft acquired in 2011 when it purchased Skype. Microsoft Teams calling is now supported in GroupMe. Fulay claims that “millions” of people use it every day. You can create Teams calls within GroupMe chats, and you can join group video calling.