Microsoft Teams Update Adds Local Time to User Profiles

The latest feature is rolling out now and will be available to all by the end of February. Here's how it works.
Adam Rowe

Microsoft Teams has introduced a useful addition to their profile cards — users will now be able to see at a glance what the current time is for any other user, no matter their time zone. It's rolling out now to the Teams desktop and web apps.

In a world where those who wish to work remotely can, a global workforce is possible, and this feature is an obvious way to help streamline communication even when your coworker is on the other side of the Earth.

Here's what the feature looks like and how it works.

Local Time Displayed

Users can already see other user profile cards simply by hovering over their profile picture in a chat or channel. Now, the user's local time will display at the top of that user's “Contact” section.

The feature is still rolling out but should be available to all by the end of February.

Microsoft Teams Community Lead Laurie Pottmeyer revealed the new feature on Twitter, and included an example of what it looks like in action:

The update highlights the importance of keeping times straight while communicating with an international team — if you live on the west coast, it might well be 11 am for you, but that just means your coworker in London may not appreciate getting a request for help two hours after they've logging off for the day.

With remote work an even more accepted practice today than even just a few years ago, it makes sense that business software is evolving to accommodate everyone.

It's not the only new feature — Microsoft Teams recently began rolling out a video chat background blur feature for all, and also recently introduced the ability to pin or unpin a chat message.

Finding the Right Web Conferencing Platform

We're still waiting to see just how permanent the effects of a global pandemic will be on our society, but there's no denying that it has spurred far more companies to adopt web conferencing software like Teams than ever before.

Microsoft Teams is a top solution thanks to its frequent and numerous updates, but plenty of others are great as well: Google Meet offers better accessibility features like a live captioning functionality for meetings and Zoom comes with a great free plan while packing in strong security and lots of features.

If you're looking for the best web conferencing solution for your business, you're in luck. Our researchers have put together a table of the top options, listing pros, cons, core audio functionalities, and what makes each one stands out from the others.

Here are all our top picks for premium web conferencing software:

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Zoho Meeting

GoTo Meeting

Zoom

RingCentral Glip

Webex

Google Meet

Microsoft Teams

Lifesize

BlueJeans

$14.99/month

$11.99/month

$5/month

$4/month

$12.95/month

$12-$16/month

Zoho users

Overall conference calling

Beginners

Longer meetings

Larger businesses

Google users

Microsoft users

Users that need hardware

Users that need customer support

Yes (paid plan) – VoIP, Phone & Toll-Free

Yes – VoIP, Phone & Toll-Free

Yes – Add-on audio plan allows you to add Call Out, global Toll-free & local dial-in for premium countries

Yes – Companies get a single audio conferencing bridge dial-in phone number for easy universal access.

Yes – Audio-only calls can be created when a host generates an Audio pin

Yes – Just call the number listed on the meeting invite, or join via the link and turn off your camera

Yes – but only in selected countries, and each user dialing into meetings will need an audio-conferencing license.

Yes – in a meeting contact card, users can tap the phone number under Details to call using their default phone or voice app

Yes – Easy access to audio conferencing is provided via a traditional PSTN number

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  •  Browser functionality
  •  SSL/128-bit AES encryption
  • High quality audio and video
  • Very reliable and secure
  • Lower cost than competitors
  • Easy to use
  • Feature-rich free version available
  • Intuitive interface
  • Lots of customizability
  • Affordable
  • Feature-rich software
  • High quality audio and video
  • Easy setup
  • Google Calendar compatibility
  • Saves chat logs
  • Easy integration with Google apps
  • Completely free
  • 300 participants
  • Integrates with Microsoft 365
  • 1080p video and HD audio,
  • Integrates with third-party apps
  • Good value
  • Amazing sound quality
  • Lots of features
  • Many software integrations
  • Recording costs extra
  • Weak free plan
  • Poor audio quality
  • No analytics or single sign-on with free plan
  • Occasional bandwidth issues
  • Spotty connectivity
  • No gallery view for guests
  • Steep learning curve
  • Unsophisticated chat function
  • Connectivity issues without update
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Adam is a writer at Tech.co and has worked as a tech writer, blogger and copy editor for more than a decade. He's also a Forbes Contributor on the publishing industry, for which he was named a Digital Book World 2018 award finalist. His work has appeared in publications including Popular Mechanics and IDG Connect, and he has an art history book on 1970s sci-fi coming out from Abrams Books in 2022. In the meantime, he's hunting own the latest news on VPNs, POS systems, and the future of tech.

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