Microsoft Teams targets Facebook groups with new ‘Communities’ feature • TechCrunch

Microsoft Teams has launched a new “Communities” feature on Android and iOS devices, the company announced today. Users can now create and organize groups with their recreational sports club, event planning committee, parent-teacher association, or any other group in their community. The feature gives users access to group calendars, event scheduling, meetings, document/photo sharing, video calls, and chat.

Communities in Teams include a “new events experience” that allows users to add events to their community calendar, as well as invite guests, track attendance, and chat with attendees via direct private messaging, the company wrote. company on its official blog. Additionally, Microsoft Teams will launch SignUpGenius in 2023 to help users coordinate fundraisers, plan events, recruit volunteers, and more.

Starting today, Communities is rolling out to the free version of Microsoft Teams. At the time of launch, it is only available for mobile devices, however, the company noted that it will be coming to desktop soon.

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The feature can be found via the Home tab within the Teams mobile app. Users select “Create new community” and then “Create from scratch”. The user then chooses an emoji or image for their community, as well as a name, description, and set of guidelines.

Users must have a Microsoft account to join, and members can invite others to the group by sending a link or showing a QR code.

The launch of Communities indicates that Microsoft Teams may be looking for further growth opportunities beyond being just a workplace productivity and collaboration tool, to more directly compete with social apps, such as Facebook, Discord, Twitter, and WhatsApp, as well. like with Slack. which is also marketed to consumers.

The feature also comes a year after Microsoft tried to acquire Discord for $10 billion. Discord ended talks with the company in April 2021, The Wall Street Journal wrote.

Microsoft has tried other ways to get more consumers to use the Teams app, such as a new social gaming feature, “Games for Work,” animated avatars, and AI-powered roundups.

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