Microsoft Teams has made its Walkie Talkie feature generally available to all of its users. The push to talk feature was introduced two years ago to allow frontline workers to easily communicate in the field, when the pandemic rate was at its peak. The app is now accessible on Android and iOS devices.
The Walkie Talkie app is a push-to-talk (PTT) communication feature that allows users to connect with their team through a respective channel. Outside parties cannot interact with people inside the channel unless trained or given permission.
Microsoft says the app replaces the need to carry bulky radios and provides a secure line of communication via Wi-Fi or cellular internet connectivity. The company has partnered with Zebra mobile devices to implement digital walkie-talkie functionality.
The rugged TC-Series, customer-focused EC-Series and MC-Series of scanning devices will now include Microsoft Teams push-to-talk capabilities. All three mobile devices come with a dedicated built-in button on the side emulating a radio walkie-talkie, which one has to hold while talking. The voice is recorded and then sent to the recipient.
“With this partnership, we are excited to be able to provide frontline workers with the ability to use these devices to seamlessly communicate, collaborate and stay productive in all conditions,” said Anders Gustafsson, CEO of Zebra Technologies. in one blog post.
Currently, the feature is not pre-installed. To enable WalkieTalkie for use in Teams, organizations will need to add it to the “App Configuration Policy” through the admin center. Once activated, the feature becomes available on the app within the next 48 hours.