Microsoft Teams adds new Communities feature

Patrick Devaney
Dec 10, 2022
Updated • Dec 9, 2022

Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic caused lockdowns around the world, the digital transformation of our everyday lives has been picking up the pace. One of the most recognizable aspects of this is that many workers are now able to work from home much more often than was acceptable in the past. Understandably products like Slack and Microsoft Teams have been at the forefront of this, facilitating teamwork from distance with easy to use voice and video chat. This is an increasingly competitive market, which is why we see new features being pushed out to these apps regularly such as the new Microsoft Teams Communities feature we’re reporting on today.

Microsoft Teams adds new Communities feature

The Communities feature will offer users a way to pull together various groups, teams, and collectives into a single virtual community hub. The blog post announcing the new move explains the new Communities features like this:

“With this new community experience, you’ll be able to:

  • Easily post messages to everyone in the group.
  • Organize events and add them to the community calendar for everyone to see.
  • Share and store documents dedicated to group activity.
  • Filter content to quickly access photos, videos, events, and links.”

The features sound interesting and make some sort of sense in a working environment, but Microsoft also claims that the Communities on Teams are also aimed at groups like “recreational sports teams, event planning committees, parent-teacher associations, or even a small businesses”. In this case then, it has to be said that Microsoft is entering a crowded field with many virtual communities features already existing such as Facebook, Reddit, Discord, Telegram, and Twitter. WhatsApp has even launched a communities feature too recently and being the most popular communications app on the planet, most people will likely just use the added functionality there rather than searching on an extra app to do something they didn’t really know they needed anyway.

However, another thing to consider here is that Microsoft Teams is actually being investigated at the moment by EU Regulators due to an Antitrust complaint made by Slack. The competing messaging app claims that by packaging Teams with the Microsoft 365 suite of productivity apps, Microsoft is squeezing out the little guys from the market by forcing users to pay for a messaging app when instead they just want a couple of apps like Microsoft Word or Excel. Slack wants Microsoft to offer Teams separately, or at least let users know how much of their subscription fees are going on Microsoft Teams, so that Slack is able to compete more fairly. I’m not sure Facebook or Reddit would be able to level similar complaints in this instance, but there is scope for single purpose apps like Discord and Telegram having something to say here too.

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  1. Jek Porkins said on December 11, 2022 at 10:28 am

    I love how Teams is another one of Microsoft’s new malware, like Edge where you think you’ve uninstalled it but it comes back on it’s own.

    With Edge I’ve been more or less successful of uninstalling it and recently I found some script or something called Chromium Edge blocker that allegedly should make sure Edge doesn’t reinstall itself automatically as time goes on. It remains to be seen if it works on me or not.

    Teams is a bit different, because even if you uninstall it or wipe every trace of it, you still have the option to have the Teams icon always display on the taskbar, and if you only do as much as to click it, it pops back up immediately. I don’t know if it downloads it from somewhere or it’s still stored in the system, but that is one tenacious piece of malware that I can’t seem to be able to get rid of.

  2. Anonymous said on December 10, 2022 at 9:42 pm

    Due of its bloat and tendency to make machines overheat, we prohibited Microsoft Teams on the environment. awful software.

    1. Anonymous said on December 12, 2022 at 11:01 am

      Did you come with any alternative? Or the concept of team chat software is nonexistent there?

      1. Anonymous said on December 13, 2022 at 1:19 am

        We utilize Webex and have switched to a Cisco-based system for all of our conference rooms, which also supports Zoom calls. It’s never a smart idea to let Microsoft bully you and to rely entirely on them.

  3. Tachy said on December 10, 2022 at 9:08 pm

    Why the sudden flood of ‘Microsoft’ articles?

    Seems like 2 out of every 3 articles in the last week have been about Microsoft.

    1. ShintoPlasm said on December 10, 2022 at 10:06 pm

      Cough cough softonic cough cough.

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