Workstations Compatibility with Microsoft Teams - Need Guidance

Copper Contributor

Hey Tech Community,

I hope everyone is doing well! I'm reaching out today with a concern regarding workstations and their compatibility with Microsoft Teams. As a user who heavily relies on Teams for communication and collaboration, I've recently encountered some challenges that I believe are related to my workstation setup.

To give you a bit of context, I'm using Microsoft Teams on a daily basis for video conferences, file sharing, and instant messaging. However, I've noticed that my workstation (a Windows 10 PC) sometimes struggles to handle the demands of Teams, leading to performance issues that can be quite frustrating.

Here are some of the specific issues I've encountered:


  1. Sluggish Performance: When I have multiple applications open alongside Teams, my workstation becomes noticeably slow. This includes lag during video calls and delays in message sending.
  2. Resource Usage: Microsoft Teams seems to consume a significant amount of system resources. I'm concerned about its impact on overall workstation performance and battery life, especially when running on laptops.
  3. Compatibility: I've heard that Teams is optimized for newer hardware, but my workstation is not the latest model. It would be helpful to have more clarity on the hardware requirements for Teams to ensure a smoother experience for users with older workstations.
  4. Updates: I understand that regular updates are crucial for security and performance improvements. However, sometimes updates can disrupt my workflow. Is there a way to better manage these updates or receive notifications that allow me to schedule them at a convenient time?

I'd like to hear from the community about their experiences with Teams on different workstations and any tips or best practices you've found to improve performance. Additionally, if there are any Microsoft experts or representatives here, I'd greatly appreciate some insights into the hardware requirements and optimization strategies for Teams.

Let's use this thread to share our experiences and collectively find solutions to ensure a seamless Teams experience across a variety of workstations. Your input and advice are highly valued!

Thanks in advance for your help.

Best regards,
Abhraham denis

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Hi @abhrahamdenis,

here are some quick tips and best practices that I've found helpful:

  • Make sure your workstation meets the minimum system requirements for Teams. You can find these requirements on Microsoft's website.
    Hardware requirements for Microsoft Teams - Microsoft Teams | Microsoft Learn
  • Close any applications or browser tabs that you're not using. This will free up system resources for Teams to use.
  • Disable GPU hardware acceleration in Teams. This can help to improve performance on older workstations. To do this, go to Settings > General and uncheck the box next to Turn on GPU hardware acceleration.
  • Disable animations and read receipts. These features can also consume system resources, so disabling them can help to improve performance. To do this, go to Settings > Privacy and uncheck the boxes next to Allow Teams to play animations and Show read receipts.
  • Keep your workstation and Teams up to date. Microsoft regularly releases updates that include performance improvements and bug fixes.

If you're still experiencing performance issues after following these tips, you may want to consider upgrading your workstation hardware. Teams is optimized for newer hardware, so upgrading your CPU, RAM, and/or GPU can make a significant difference in performance.

Here are also some additional tips that may be helpful:

  • Use a wired network connection instead of Wi-Fi if possible. This will provide a more stable and reliable connection for Teams.
  • Avoid using Teams during peak times, when the service is most heavily used.
  • If you're using Teams on a laptop, make sure that it's plugged in and charging. Running Teams on battery power can reduce performance.

I'm not an official Microsoft representative, but I am Microsoft 365 Certified: Teams Administrator Associate MS-700 and I've done a lot of research on this topic because I am working every day with those issues.

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