Giving people especially frontline healthcare workers an easy and secure way to interact, tech giant, Microsoft has rolled out a cool feature that would let Teams users turn their smartphones or tablets into a Walkie Talkie, a push-to-talk (PTT) communication feature.
- Expanded access: Microsoft Teams, a proprietary business communication platform, has joined hands with Zebra Technologies to introduce the Walkie Talkie feature, which will work both on Android and iOS devices.
- Seamless contact: In a blog post, Microsoft said: “As the frontline faces continuous constraints from labor shortages and supply chain disruptions, they want technology that saves them time, helps them communicate more seamlessly, and maximizes their efficiency when completing repetitive tasks.”
- Less burden: The move to Walkie Talkie will reduce the burden of frontline workers, who no longer need to carry bulky radios, proving them an effortless and uncomplicated method to interact.
- Not pre-installed: The feature, which was announced two years ago when the Covid pandemic shook the world, is presently not pre-installed. You will have to add WalkieTalkie to ‘App Setup Policy’ via the admin centre for using it in Microsoft Teams. Now, you will have to wait for the next 48 hours for it to become functional.
- Data usage: Walkie Talkie consumes approximately 20 Kb/s data while sending or receiving audio. It doesn’t use any data when it’s idle. Besides, it also works in low bandwidth.