Microsoft is doing it walkie-talkie function of Microsoft Teams generally available to all users of your communications app today. Walkie Talkie allows Microsoft Teams users to turn smartphones or tablets into a walkie-talkie that works with mobile data or Wi-FI. what originally announced two years ago and has been mostly available in preview ever since. The characteristics Widely released on Android in September 2020, but now Microsoft says it’s available for Zebra mobile devices, as well as the iPhone and iPad.
Microsoft has primarily released this to frontline workers, employees who are customer-facing and run daily operations within companies. The software manufacturer’s collaboration with Zebra Technologies makes it work with a dedicated push-to-talk button for fast and secure communications. These devices are widely used by frontline workers, the employees who have helped guide the world through the ongoing pandemic.
Walkie-talkie features are still rare in communications applications. WhatsApp allows you to record audio snippets that can be sent and received, and Slack launched its Discord-like Huddles feature last year to allow people to easily drop in and out of calls. Apple released its own walkie-talkie feature in the apple watch in 2018, using push to talk over a FaceTime audio call.
Correction January 14, 6:57 pm ET: An earlier version of this story said that the walkie-talkie feature has been in preview since it was announced. In fact, it was released for general availability on Android devices in late 2020. We’re sorry for the mistake.