Microsoft Teams Walkie Talkie app now available for iOS and Android

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Microsoft has finally made its walkie-talkie app available to all Microsoft Teams users after it was in preview since it was announced in 2020. As the name suggests, the application allows users to use their mobile device as a walkie-talkie over Wi-Fi or data.

Developed primarily as a tool for frontline workers, Microsoft has now partnered with Zebra Technologies to add a dedicated push-to-talk side button to Zebra enterprise smartphones. But the exciting part for general users is that the feature will now also be available for the Microsoft Teams app on iOS and Android, although there is a caveat.

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However, the feature is not enabled by default. Admins must turn it on for the entire organization through the Teams admin center. From there, navigate to Teams app > Set up policies > Add apps and enable Walkie Talkie. Once enabled, the feature should be available to all users in the organization within 48 hours.

Microsoft Teams walkie-talkie app
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To use the feature, tap the Walkie-Talkie icon, connect, and select a channel. Users can see how many participants are active in the channel and of course they can speak by pressing and holding the big microphone button during the session. In the meantime, if you’re a student using Teams, you’ll also be glad to know that Microsoft has rolled out another update that organizes raised hands in chronological order.

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