Commercial users of Microsoft Teams can now quickly switch to a personal account without shutting down the app or browser window.
Personal Teams can keep in contact any group of people, family, extended family, school friends, study group, class, sports team or club. See Teams gets personal for families and groups
With a personal Teams group you can text chat, post notices, share photos or videos, collaborate on documents and have group video/audio calls.
According to Microsoft, personal Teams can:
- Start a personal chat or create a group chat with up to 250 people.
- Seamlessly sync your existing chats from your phone to your computer, and have conversations on the device of your choice.
- Talk all day for free with friends and family via video or audio calls. To help you stay connected in the coming months, you will be able to meet for 24 hours with up to 300 participants until further specified.
- Share video meeting invitations with anyone, even if they don’t have Teams. See up to 49 of your friends and loved ones in one frame in Gallery view or Together mode.
- Upload and share photos and videos from your computer in any personal or group chat.
Teams is available as a web site or apps for Windows, iPhone, iPad and Android. You can keep in touch with your Teams wherever you are.
Switching between work and personal Teams
If you’re already using Teams at work, go to your profile picture at top right, the pull-down menu should have an option ‘Add Personal Account’.
We say ‘should’ because we’ve not been able to see that option on any of our test machines. Microsoft said it was rolling out gradually from late November. An organizations IT admins may have to enable the option and the Teams apps have to be up to date. In short: “Your milage may vary”.
Once the personal account, you can switch between the two via the top-right profile picture menu.
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