Have You Adopted Microsoft Teams 2.0 Yet?


It has been about 2 months since Microsoft Teams 2.0 became generally available on both Mac and Windows. Currently, users still need to toggle “Teams 2.0” to access the new functionality, but beginning April 1, 2024, classic Teams users will automatically be migrated to the new experience. Users can go back and forth between the classic Teams and Teams 2.0 as they try out the new experience.

Here is what you need to know about Teams 2.0:

  • Entirely new architecture: The new client moves away from the Electron ecosystem and onto Microsoft’s Edge Webview2 technology, using the React framework.
  • The app will now use 50% less memory and is twice as fast.
  • Security enhancements were introduced for Mac users via a containerized app model, simplified updates, and Content Security policies.
  • Teams 2.0 offers a more simplified, streamlined user experience with a revitalized user interface. Users can easily personalize experiences, manage notifications, and can toggle between light and dark modes. The new user interface will also place posts in a chat or channel at the top of a page instead of the bottom.
  • The new Teams supports a more seamless MTO experience for organizations that deal with various tenants, including rich collaboration and full-fidelity meanings while eliminating silos and tenant boundaries.
  • Cross-cloud authenticated meeting feature ensures a host can verify the identity of participants when meetings being and preserve data security.
  • Teams 2.0 offers an updated pre-join experience for meetings, gallery view, and screen-sharing experiences to remove some of the barriers to conducting an effective meeting.
  • The new app will be the foundation for Microsoft Copilot. It can summarize meetings and chat with action bullets, content generation, and a search feature for content buried in presentations, documents, notes, contact, and emails.
  • It will feature the new “OneDrive for Teams” experience to replace the old “Files” app.
  • A new People app in Teams 2.0 synchronizes a user’s Outlook contacts across Microsoft 365 devices and apps.
  • The new Workflows app can help organizations automate repetitive tasks across the M365 ecosystem. Including a new entry point to configure workflows within channels, allowing users to post alerts or digest information automatically.

We highly recommend enabling the experience now to give yourself time to get used to the new interface at your own pace before you are forced to switch over without the option to switch back to the classic version. If you are interested in learning more about Teams 2.0 or any apps within the Microsoft 365 product suite, let the experts at 2W Tech help guide the way!

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