Even before Covid-19 many companies and organisations were moving towards a more mobile workforce with flexible and remote working. In just a few weeks, Covid-19 has accelerated that trend and we’re now in an era where flexible and remote working is no longer seen as a perk, it’s normal.
Post-Covid-19, remote and flexible working will continue to be the new norm: whether that’s because employers want to continue getting the benefits associated with a remote workforce, or whether because working side-by-side in an office continues to be viewed as a public health risk.
This new normal means that ‘on-the-move’ productivity solutions will be essential. And for those in certain lines of work, like retail, healthcare, or many service industries, their mobile phone is likely to be the only device they use for most of the day.
As such, the Microsoft Teams mobile experience is becoming even more important than that on a desktop. Rated as the #1 productivity app on both the App store and Google Play, there are many reasons to love the Teams app.
Here are our top 9:
1. With the Teams mobile app you can transfer a call from your laptop to your phone
Have you ever had to drop off an important conference call in order to rush to an appointment or, if working from home, to answer the door? Teams offers the seamless experience of transferring a call from your desktop to your phone without interrupting the flow of your meeting, so you can finish your work while on the move.
2. Share content from your phone in meetings
If you’re away from your desk, but still need to share something quickly, this feature is a lifesaver! Teams mobile allows you to share PowerPoint slides, videos, photos, or even your phone screen.
3. Audio messages
Audio messages can enhance collaboration and offer personality, tone and context to a message that chat or text can’t. The feature is perfect for when you are away from your desk; walking the dog, or juggling family commitments around work.
4. Integrated Office lens
The Office Lens in the Teams mobile app recognises when you are taking a photo of a whiteboard or document and then optimises the picture – even straightening out the document or improving the clarity of the writing. You can also annotate images with text or drawing.
5. Easy shift management for on-the-go workers
If you’re a frontline, on-the-go worker sometimes even weekly schedule management can be a headache. Instead of going through the faff of having paper schedules, manually adding shifts into a calendar or calling up your colleague to swap, you can use Shifts in Teams to manage your schedule seamlessly and keep in touch with your team!
6. Quiet hours and quiet days
Remote working can often mean working more hours or outside of normal business hours; especially if you have colleagues in different time zones. Although it’s sometimes tempting to work longer, it is important to set boundaries and take time to disconnect. On Teams mobile, you can set ‘Quiet Hours’ (for example, 7pm to 7am) and ‘Quiet Days’ (like the weekend) This feature helps you take control of your personal time and can help relieve stress by muting notifications.
7. Manage your notifications with a single swipe
The Teams mobile app enables you to organise your messages and notifications before you sit down at your desktop, so you can get a jumpstart on your day. With a single swipe, you can mark messages and notifications as read/unread and prioritise them for efficiency.
8. Dark mode
Just like the ‘dark mode’ on Teams for desktop, the Teams mobile app now also has the much-loved function. Dark mode is perfect for low light environments and night-time working (like checking your messages before bed!), reduces strain on some people’s eyes, and is a great battery saver.
9. Personalisation of the navigation bar
For many, their mobile phones are their lives – or at least have their lives stored on them. As such, the ability to customise the way it’s set up to suit you is crucial. You can customise your bottom navigation bar in the app with the tools that matter most to you.
For more on getting the most out of Microsoft Teams download our quick start guide. Or to take Teams to the next level with Microsoft 365 Business Voice get in touch to book a discovery workshop with our team.