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One of the hallmarks of Boost Mobile prepaid phones of the early 2000s was their push-to-talk (PTT), or walkie-talkie, feature, which allowed you to play your voice through another Boost Mobile user’s phone speaker. was permitted. Button. Microsoft is now bringing a similar feature to iOS and Android devices through its Teams app. However, Microsoft isn’t using rappers and athletes to try to make PTT “cool” as Boost Mobile did. Instead, the company is positioning the feature as a way to use technology to assist frontline workers.

In blog post On Wednesday, Emma Williams, corporate VP of Modern Work Transformation at Microsoft, announced that walkie talkie capability in Teams is now available “on all iOS mobile devices, such as the iPhone and iPad, in addition to Android mobile devices.”

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Williams also said that the feature will come to some Zebra Technologies devices, such as rugged phones or scanning devices. Such products may also have a button that you can press to quickly connect like a real walkie-talkie and Boost Mobile’s old PTT phone.

If you don't have a Zebra device, you can touch an icon on the Teams app to walkie-talkie someone.

According to Williams, there has been a 400 percent increase in the number of frontline workers using Teams from March to November last year. Bringing Walkie Talkie to Mobile Devices for Teams, Workers by Providing “technology that saves them time, helps them communicate more seamlessly, and maximizes their efficiency when completing repetitive tasks” Addresses the challenges faced by shortages and supply chain issues. ,

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Walkie-talkie feature is one way for Microsoft separate teams In a workplace filled with competing apps like Slack and Zoom, highlight voice communication that’s fast and on the go. Slack is primarily text-based chat, but its Huddle feature allows you to quickly talk with coworkers. During this, Zoom’s idea of ​​PTT It’s about letting you unmute yourself quickly.

Walkie-talkie features are also available in some other modern mobile devices. As Nerdshala That said, Apple brought an app with this functionality to the Apple Watch in 2018.

But when Microsoft is positioning the Walkie Talkie for Teams as a worker tool, you’ll have to ask “where are you?” Making friends.

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