Increase Productivity with Microsoft Teams

“…Teams is an entirely new experience that brings together people, conversations and content – along with the tools that teams need – so they can easily collaborate to achieve more.”

-Kirk Koenigsbauer, Corporate VP for Microsoft 365

What is Teams?

Microsoft Teams is a chat-based workspace that integrates with Office 365, and combines workplace conversation, meetings, notes, and attachments. It provides users with easy access from desktop and mobile devices and allows users to collaborate from locations around the world.    

About Microsoft Teams

The platform, which launched in March 2017, was built on Office 365 and Microsoft’s global, secure cloud. It was designed to offer users a new experience in workplace communication, providing a “more open, digital environment that makes work visible, integrated and accessible – across the team – so everyone can stay in the know” (-Kirk Koenigsbauer, Corporate VP for Microsoft 365).

At its core, Teams is essentially a hub for group chat rooms, otherwise known as channels. It allows users to create multiple channels within a Team and keeps chats easy to follow by threading conversations with a top to bottom flow, as well as notifying participants of new updates. Also, channel participants can access Skype for voice or video chats with the click of a button.

However, the capabilities of Microsoft Teams far exceed what is possible in other chat room environments. Because Teams is integrated with the Office 365 suite of products, users can seamlessly access and share documents from other applications, such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Also, the shared cloud platform allows access to SharePoint, OneNote, Planner, Power BI, and Delve. Documents shared in Teams are stored in Microsoft’s OneDrive, ensuring that Team members always have access to the latest version.   

Since the initial launch of Teams, Microsoft has introduced over 100 new features, such as enhanced scheduling capabilities, mobile audio and video calling, integration with email, and security and compliance capabilities.

The Four Core Promises, as stated by Microsoft

  • Chat for today’s teams – Microsoft Teams provides a modern conversations experience, with threaded, persistent chat to keep everyone engaged. Team conversations can be either private or visible to the entire team, and users can access multiple teams, making it easy to switch between projects.     
  • A hub for teamwork – The Office applications and services that teams use every day – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint, and OneNote and PowerBI – are all built-in, so people have the information and tools they need.
  • Customization for every team – Microsoft Teams offers the ability to customize work spaces with tabs, connectors and bots from third-party partners as well as familiar Microsoft tools like Microsoft Planner and Visual Studio Team Services. More than 150 integrations are available or coming soon, with companies like SAP, Trello, Hipmunk, Growbot and ModuleQ building on the platform.
  • Security teams trust – Microsoft Teams is built on the hyper-scale, enterprise-grade Office 365 cloud, delivering the advanced security and compliance capabilities that customers expect. Teams supports global standards including SOC 1, SOC 2, EU Model Clauses, ISO27001 and HIPAA.

Get started using Teams

For information on how to get started using Teams, contact Inner Join Technologies today. We are a trusted Microsoft partner, specializing in CRM integration, data analytics, data visualization, and custom application development.

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