Microsoft Teams is sort of a messaging app, but for organizations and enterprises. And because of its professional use case, the Redmond giant has built in several tools to help teammates collaborate better. Now, the company is introducing the Games for Work app, which will let users play casual games in Microsoft Teams meetings.
The Games for Work app will introduce the following games – Microsoft IceBreakers, Wordament, Minesweeper, and Solitaire, and the multiplayer versions will support a minimum of 2 and a max of up to 250 players.
Encourage new teams to communicate and learn about each other with ease. It’s a variation on this or that—pineapple or pepperoni on your pizza? It’s so simple and intuitive, you can’t help but answer the question. It can also spur lively and, at times, passionate conversation to foster connections and build team morale.
The most cooperative game of the bunch. This game encourages individuals to come together to solve problems and accomplish objectives quickly. Does this sound like something your team could use?
Exercise your brain and create some healthy team competition over a word challenge. Wordament easily accommodates large groups, designed to play with up to 250 participants.
Microsoft Solitaire Collection
And fan favorite Microsoft Solitaire Collection provides a head-to-head competition encouraging group participation. This might sound like an oxymoron—the multi-player capability and enhanced spectator mode allows everyone, whether actively playing that round or not, to follow the action and engage with the players on-screen. It’s like calling out the answers while watching a game show or assisting a friend with a word puzzle.
– Microsoft Teams Blog
These games were developed by Microsoft Casual Games, which is also an Xbox Games Studio. This studio has been behind most of the bundled casual games on Windows devices since the release of Windows 8.
The Games for Work app won’t be available for all Microsoft teams subscribers, and at the time is only limited to Microsoft Teams Enterprise and Education customers.