Microsoft Teams: App support for smartphones running older versions of Android will end in 2022
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Since the beginning of the pandemic, countless office workers now work from home, which is why the popularity of dedicated software for internal business communication has surged immensely. Besides the well-known video conference software Zoom, Microsoft Teams has also gained millions of new users, many of which may have downloaded the Microsoft Teams app on their Android smartphone. According to Windows Central, Microsoft has now announced that it will end the support for smartphones running older versions of Android in 2022.
The affected Android versions are Android 5 to 7, which were released between the years 2014 and 2016. Microsoft's timeline says that smartphones running Android 5 "Lollipop" won't be supported by the Microsoft Teams app after March 2022. Support for smartphones running Android 6 "Marshmallow" will end in July 2022, while devices with Android 7 "Nougat" will be able to download the latest version of the Microsoft Teams app until September 2022.
Even after the official support has ended, users should still be able to download the compatible Microsoft Teams Android app from the Google Play Store for two more months. After that, Microsoft has not released any information on when these old versions of the Microsoft Teams app will actually stop working, but it said it would notify users who are running a version of Microsoft Teams which is one year or older. However, users who have to rely on their smartphone and the Microsoft Teams Android app may feel forced to upgrade to a smartphone that is compatible with a newer version of Android, like the affordable Samsung Galaxy A42 5G (from US$399 on Amazon).
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