Microsoft has just announced the arrival of a new application integrated into Teams to connect you with your colleagues.
Do you use Microsoft Teams at work to chat with your colleagues? Now you can play with them during your working hours. As rumored, Microsoft has just launched Games for Work, a new application for Teams that offers nothing but online gaming with your colleagues. Be careful though, here it’s not a matter of being distracted, but rather “ build trust, bond and improve team morale explains Microsoft. By introducing games into its collaboration tool, the Redmond company hopes to increase your interaction with your colleagues, which would ultimately improve your productivity.
Binding around solitaire and minesweepers
Microsoft didn’t look very far to find the games to integrate into Teams. First and foremost, these Games for Work were developed in-house by Microsoft Casual Games, an Xbox game studio. Then the list of games on offer risks reviving some distant memories, as it includes, among other things, the essential Solitaire, the famous Minesweeper or even the word game Wordament. For each of these titles, Microsoft has envisioned fast and, above all, interactive games. They can accommodate from 2 to 250 players simultaneously, enough to strengthen team spirit.
“Games promote creativity, collaboration and communication in powerful and unique ways, and we can’t wait to see how the Games for Work app on Microsoft Teams inspires productivity and helps connect in the workplace.. said Jill Braff, general manager of integrations and games at Microsoft.
Teams, a tool that’s right for you?
Before the arrival of its Games for Work, Microsoft had already taken other initiatives to make Teams a tool for social connection. The application actually integrates other applications that go in this direction, especially Polly, a tool that allows to manage questions/answers live or generate polls. Microsoft’s collaboration announcements made it possible to bring together teams of collaborators thanks to Kahoot, a team game where challenges are launched. Nevertheless, it is still quite difficult to imagine that managers can approve games of Solitaire or Minesweeper during working hours under the pretext of uniting the teams.