Microsoft Teams for Firstline Workers

Walkie Talkie Android: Walkie Talkie is a push-to-talk experience that enables instant and secure voice communication over the cloud, turning employee- or company-owned Android smartphones and tablets into a walkie-talkie. It reduces the number of devices an employee needs to have while providing clear communication free of radio interference, static, and no distance limitations in range. Walkie Talkie Android will become generally available this month.  

Integration between Teams and RealWear: Through the integration between Teams and RealWear head-mounted devices, field workers can remain 100% hands-free using a voice-controlled user interface while maintaining situational awareness in loud and in hazardous environments. This will become generally available this month. 

Shifts Connector in Power Automate: With the new Power Automate Shifts connector, rolling out now, users can automate processes within the Shifts application, save time manager’s time and is more efficient with schedule management. With these new templates, a user can view all their Shifts in the calendar of their choice (such as Outlook), a manager can auto-approve shifts all at once and enable users to create Shifts templates of their own to meet the needs of their business. The new triggers and templates will be enabled in the Power Platform directory.

What’s New 

Off-shift access controls: With off-shift access controls, IT administrators can now configure Teams to alert you when you are accessing the app on your personal device outside of working hours. The feature prompts you to accept that you will not be getting paid for time spent on Teams to help ensure that you are not involuntarily working while not on shift and helps your employer to comply with labor regulations. The feature does not require active usage of the Shifts app, but it does require Shifts being configured and schedule data being inside the app; either added natively with Excel import or including workforce management API connectors like Kronos, BlueYonder, and more.