Microsoft Teams continues its assault on Slack with latest feature drop

Microsoft Teams has improved quite a lot since it’s preview launched back in November of last year. When Microsoft Teams became generally available, the service had a wide range of features — but Microsoft has been working hard on improving the service even more. Just earlier this week, Trello brought its app to Microsoft Teams, allowing teams to easily access their Trello boards right from Microsoft Teams.

Today, Microsoft is releasing a new set of features for Teams. The new features aren’t huge, but they play a major role in advancing Teams in terms of features. One of the notable new additions in Teams is the ability to link to a channel or team — making it a lot easier to share a channel or team using a link. This will allow you to easily share a link to all the files in a team or channel via an email or message. This feature isn’t going to be significantly useful right now, but once Microsoft brings Guest Access to Teams later in June, it will be immensely useful.

There are some other improvements coming to Teams with the new update, including:

Wiki supports Markdown: If you love using Markdown, get excited. Now, you can use it in Wiki! Use the same Markdown syntax that applies to chats and messaging to format Wiki sections on the fly. If Markdown isn’t your thing, you’ll still be able access all the same formatting options from your toolbar.

A better viewing experience: We made some performance improvements to your Files view in channels. Now, when you’re navigating to your Files, the view will load even faster!

New refresh button: We added a refresh button at the top corner of the Files tab in each channel. You now have an easy way to check for new files or any other changes that might have happened since you last looked.

Brand new upload indicator: Now, when you upload a file to the Files view or OneDrive in a channel, you’ll see an indicator letting you know your upload is in progress. From there, you can track your progress or cancel uploads for multiple files at a time!

It is worth noting that Microsoft released a total of 4 (pretty significant) updates to Teams since it was generally available, and it will continue to do so over the coming months. Even though the software giant has a lot of work to do on its mobile apps, the desktop apps and the Web are maturing strongly. Microsoft is taking Teams seriously, and that’s not surprising at all. Slack is undeniably the company’s biggest competitor but with big companies like Facebook and Google joining the party, Redmond will need to evolve Teams regularly if it wants to win.

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