Microsoft has announced plans to integrate its popular video conferencing and chat platform, Microsoft Teams, into its email service Outlook. This will allow Outlook users to send instant messages to their contacts on Teams without having to open the separate application. While the two services will remain distinct, they will be able to communicate more efficiently.
Currently, users can already use an extension for Teams to send messages through Outlook, but this integration will make the process more seamless. It is not yet clear when this feature will be rolled out, but it is included in Microsoft’s roadmap. Once implemented, users will be able to chat directly in Outlook through a browser. In addition to chat functionality, Microsoft may also allow users to merge their calendars between Outlook and Teams.
This move follows a similar integration strategy employed by Google with its own suite of applications. Both companies aim to offer a unified and convenient experience for users by converging their various apps. With the release of Windows 11, Microsoft has already taken steps in this direction, requiring users to sign in with a Microsoft account to access their data and preferences on the operating system.
The integration of Teams into Outlook is expected to improve communication and productivity for users by streamlining the process of messaging and scheduling. It remains to be seen when this feature will be fully implemented, but it is sure to be a welcome addition for many Microsoft users.