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New Versions of Microsoft Teams and Outlook

Starting January 2024, new versions of Microsoft Teams and Microsoft Outlook (desktop app) are being introduced.  

Currently you can continue to use the classic Teams and Outlook desktop app, but later this year classic apps will be retired.

New Microsoft Teams 

Microsoft is introducing a new faster, more flexible Microsoft Teams app rebuilt from the ground up. This new app will also be the foundation for next-generation AI experiences, including Microsoft's Copilot for Teams.   

New Teams features  

  • Faster and more efficient app: Up to two times faster and consumes up to 50% less memory than classic Teams. 
  • Simplified and streamlined user experience: New Teams allows you to personalize your app experience, stay on top of your notifications, and get more done in fewer clicks. It also supports keyboard shortcuts, screen readers, and color sensitivity for more inclusive and accessible use. 
  • Next-generation AI experiences: New Teams is the foundation for Microsoft Copilot, an AI assistant that helps you stay on top of your tasks, run more effective meetings, and bring everything together in one place. Copilot can summarize conversations, suggest action items, and find relevant information from various sources. 
  • Seamless cross-tenant collaboration: New Teams enables easier collaboration with users from other institutions and organizations.  
  • Full list of new Teams features 
  • What’s changing from classic Teams 

How to switch to new Teams 

You can switch from Classic Teams to new Teams and back by using the toggle on the top left of your Teams app (additional instructions).   

New Microsoft Outlook 

A new Microsoft Outlook desktop app is available that brings the desktop app closer to the browser version while adding new capabilities.

Important Note:
Resource mailboxes cannot be added to the new Outlook at this point 

How to switch to new Outlook 

You can switch to the new Outlook and back using the toggle on the top right.