Microsoft Teams is about to get a revamped files and sharing experience on the web and the desktop app. The updates were detailed in a new blog post on the SharePoint blog yesterday, which also highlighted an updated OneDrive experience in Teams with OneDrive content being accessible right in the app’s Files tab.
The Files tab that appears in every Teams channel is also getting new features powered by SharePoint. “This includes the ability to sync files to your computer (PC or Mac), see rich previews across 320+ file types, create views and work with metadata, see document life-cycle signals, review on-hover file cards, pin files to the top, take actions like check in and check out, and much more,” Microsoft explained.
Microsoft Teams is also getting the same file sharing experience that’s already available on OneDrive, SharePoint, and other Office apps, for more consistency. You can easily share files by using the Attach icon, or copy/paste a link directly in to the message box. The Link settings card will also let you configure sharing settings, just like it works on other Microsoft 365 experiences.
The new files experience in Microsoft Teams is rolling out first to Targeted Release customers, and it will be available to all users at the end of November. As for the new sharing experience, it will start rolling out to Targeted Release customers at the of the year, and will become generally available in Q2020. You can learn more details about these new features in an FAQ at the end of the blog post.