Teams users will soon be able to open Office files in a browser or standalone apps.
Microsoft Team is a collaboration platform and Microsoft Office integration is one of its key features. If you’re currently working with files in Teams, opening files like document (Docx) and PowerPoint (ppt) is easy. You have to click on the file and it will automatically open in the browser.
Microsoft Teams currently enforces its own built-in Office viewer or web version of Office, but this will soon change on Windows and macOS. In the near future, you’ll be able to open the file in a browser, Teams desktop app, or standalone Office apps. The upcoming update to Microsoft Teams will allow users to set a default option for opening files through Teams.
The option is offered for Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps. If you choose to open the file in the Microsoft Teams Office viewer, the platform will automatically save changes to the original file, but this may not happen if you open the files in older Office desktop apps.
As you can see in the screenshot above, you can change the default by going to Settings > General. On the next screen, scroll down to the Files section and you will see a new drop-down menu. Clicking the drop-down menu will allow you to choose between these options:
- Teams: Office viewer automatically comes within Teams client to help users view documents or presentations.
- Desktop app: Microsoft Teams automatically opens the Office client on Windows or macOS.
- Browser: Microsoft Teams automatically opens documents in Office web, but users cannot modify the file.
You can also click the three-dot option next to the shared file and directly change the default selection, as shown in the screen below.
Or you can even manage the standard Office integration from the “Files” section of Microsoft Teams.
Microsoft Teams PowerPoint translation
The Microsoft Teams slide translation feature for PowerPoint Live presentation is now rolling out to users in the production channel. This feature was first announced in May and is now generally available to users.
As the name suggests, Microsoft Teams is finally enabling participants to translate their slides themselves. The translation option is only offered if the presentation is powered by Microsoft Teams’ PowerPoint Live feature. The company plans to support nineteen languages, such as English, Spanish, German, French, Hindi and Chinese.
In addition to improved integration of Office apps, Microsoft is also working on a new web-based Teams client for Windows 11 and Windows 10. Unlike the current Teams app, the new Teams 2.0 offers better performance and fewer settings/controls, but it will initially be optimized for consumers.