The Microsoft Groups communication and collaboration platform will quickly add a push-to-talk characteristic that may permit smartphones and tablets to operate as walkie talkies.
Microsoft revealed the upcoming Walkie Talkie characteristic in a weblog submit that particulars new ways in which its services will empower firstline staff, or staff with service- or task-oriented roles.
Based on the submit, the push-to-talk characteristic will allow “clear, on the spot, and safe voice communication” that may flip company-owned smartphones and tablets into walkie talkies. In contrast to calling options, which can be rejected, the walkie talkie operate will rapidly and simply broadcast a message to an individual or a gaggle of individuals.
Microsoft stated that the walkie talkie characteristic will scale back the variety of units that firstline staff might want to carry, decrease IT prices for his or her firm, and forestall crosstalk or eavesdropping from outsiders in comparison with utilizing analog units.
Microsoft Groups’ walkie talkie characteristic will operate over mobile knowledge or Wi-Fi, which signifies that it could be used amongst staff in numerous geographic areas.
The push-to-talk characteristic shall be launched on Microsoft Groups in non-public preview inside the first half of the yr. The walkie talkie icon will seem in the midst of the app’s backside navigation bar as soon as it’s rolled out.
The walkie talkie characteristic will safe a bonus for Microsoft Groups over Slack, as its main rival doesn’t but supply such a operate. Digital Traits’ Slack vs. Microsoft Groups comparability reveals some great benefits of every collaboration platform, with Slack being the extra acquainted and “snug” device as an unbiased software and Microsoft Groups as a greater match for bigger, extra complicated firms, particularly these with Workplace 365 subscriptions.
In the meantime, Apple launched an identical characteristic for the Apple Watch, with comparable advantages over analog units, via watchOS 5. Nonetheless, it won’t be possible for many firms to supply an Apple Watch to all of its firstline staff only for its walkie talkie capabilities, as a consequence of the price of such a transfer.
In Microsoft’s weblog submit, different previewed options that intention to assist firstline staff embody Duties for Microsoft Groups, SMS sign-in, shared system sign-out, and delegated consumer administration.