Microsoft Teams’ performance has been improved, resulting in speedier reaction times.

Microsoft Teams performance boost chart
  • If you have been using Teams desktop, you know how it becomes slow sometimes.
  • Teams sometimes seem to not respond due to their high resource consumption.
  • One of the major reasons behind this halted behavior is the software engine used to build Teams, that’s is majorly React.
  • Microsoft has started shifting the Teams app from React to HTML, CSS, Javascript, and other similar but lightweight alternatives.

Users of Microsoft Teams may be aware of how resource-intensive the Teams desktop client can sometimes be, but Microsoft may like to change your perspective. The company is also emphasizing some of the recent performance improvements to Teams, as well as confirming their development of a new WebView2 app for enterprises.

Microsoft began actively working on a new and “built from scratch” version of Microsoft Teams for next-generation devices after the introduction of Windows 11 in 2021. Users with a personal account on Windows 11 machines can access the new Teams interface, which is reportedly branded “Microsoft Teams 2.0.”

The most significant change between the old Teams client and the new Teams is that Teams 2.0 does not use Electron and instead relies on embedded web technologies like HTML, CSS, and JavaScript to run on top of the Chromium engine. Microsoft also announced substantial upgrades to the Teams business/desktop app at the same time.

Thanks to a series of updates published over the last few months, the standard Microsoft Teams client for Windows 11 and Windows 10 has now become substantially faster on desktop platforms. According to measures based on the 95th percentile, this is the case.

Microsoft claims it only focused on the 95th percentile of all desktop users in the globe because it wanted to account for consumers on low-end devices and low-bandwidth networks. This suggests that the performance would be better 95% of the time than what is described in the report.

According to Microsoft’s analysis of “the 95th percentile of all desktop users in the world” (which includes low-end devices and low bandwidth), Teams has improved in two key areas over the previous year. The first is about message latency and page load times, and the second is about meeting fluidity and lag reduction.

From August 2021 to today, Microsoft claims that scrolling in chat lists has increased by 11.4 percent and scrolling over the channel list has improved by 12.1 percent. According to Microsoft’s data, the write message box now loads 63 percent faster, and the time to switch to a channel and start a chat window has decreased by 25%. Navigating threads in the activity feed improved by 17.4% while switching between chat threads improved by 3.1 percent.

Microsoft previewed a new Edge Webview 2 powered Teams app titled “Teams 2.0” when it unveiled Windows 11. One reader on Microsoft’s blog post criticized the company’s silence on the app. Microsoft responded by stating that “significant resource allocation towards the WebView2 work you mention for business” is underway. Of course, Microsoft didn’t go into much detail beyond that, but the app appears to be progressing smoothly.

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