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Microsoft Teams turns your phone into a walkie-talkie

Microsoft Teams turns your phone into a walkie-talkie

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One of the hallmarks of Boost Mobile prepaid phones in 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 with the push associated with a button. Microsoft is now bringing a similar feature to iOS and Android devices via its Teams app. However, Microsoft isn’t using rappers and athletes to try to make PTT seem “cool, ” as Boost Cellular did. Instead, the company is positioning the feature as a way to use technology in order to aid frontline workers.

In a blog post on Wednesday, Emma Williams, corporate VP of modern work transformation at Ms, announced that the walkie-talkie ability in Teams is now available “on all iOS mobile devices, such as iPhones and iPads, within addition to Android mobile devices. ”

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

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