December 10, 2023
New Teams App for VDI Launched
Microsoft recently announced the general availability of the new Microsoft Teams app specifically designed for virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) customers. This development marks an important step in optimizing virtual collaboration.
New Teams App – Improved Experience: The new Teams app in VDI offers the same features as the classic Teams app, but with improved performance, reliability and security. Users and administrators can now enjoy a more responsive experience, with faster app launch and meeting participation, while using less memory and disk space. These improvements contribute to a more efficient and pleasant user experience, especially in a virtual environment.
Efficient Application Management and Security: For administrators, the new Teams app offers easier deployment and update processes. Tools such as Microsoft Intune allow administrators to silently install and uninstall the app, contributing to more efficient network usage and reduced memory usage. The MSIX package also provides integration with Windows security features, ensuring that the app is always up-to-date with the latest security updates and bug fixes. The new Teams app also supports MSIX App Attach, which simplifies delivery to Azure Virtual Desktops.
Future of Teams in VDI: Future new features and enhancements will be available exclusively to the new Teams app. Support for the classic Teams app in VDI will end on June 30, 2024, after which users will be asked to switch to the new Teams app. This underscores the importance of updating to the new version in a timely manner to maintain access to the latest features and enhancements.
Availability in Government clouds: The new Teams app for VDI in Microsoft 365 Government clouds (GCC, GCC-H, DoD) will be rolled out at a later date. Users in these environments should wait for an official announcement for availability.
Conclusion: The introduction of the new Microsoft Teams app for VDI is an important step forward in supporting virtual collaboration. With improved performance, reliability and efficiency, it provides a robust solution for businesses that rely on virtual desktop infrastructure. For more information about the new Teams app and the switch, visit the official Microsoft website.