February update for Microsoft Teams desk phones adds walkie talkie feature, other improvements

Arif Bacchus

Microsoft Teams phones

Microsoft just released the changelogs and a look at what’s new for February’s update for Teams’ desk phones. Though a small one, the month’s update is adding support for the walkie-talkie feature, on top of the usual list of improvements.

Originally pushed out on February 7, this update bumps the Teams app on Microsoft Teams Phones to version 1449/ On phones with touch screens, the update enables instant push-to-talk communication via the Walkie-Talkie feature. Microsoft originally promised that this feature would begin rolling out soon to more devices, and it was finally delivered.

Also in this update are improvements for multiple incoming, held calls, and parked calls. In addition, Teams conference calls in portrait mode are now updated for a better meeting experience. Performance enhancements addressing screen navigation and sidecar issues, Bug fixes addressing Teams android devices showing as offline, and a fix for held calls wrap up the changelog.

Teams Phones are Microsoft’s technology for enabling call controls and PBX capabilities in the Microsoft 365 cloud. Teams Phones are designed to replace existing PBX systems with a set of features directly delivered from Microsoft 365.

You can learn more about Teams Phones over on Microsoft’s website. And remember, Microsoft even has a trade-in program for older PBX systems, if your company wants to upgrade.