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Microsoft Teams: What is it?

Earlier this week, Microsoft announced its latest collaboration tool, Microsoft Teams, which has now rolled out to Office 365 users worldwide.

As Microsoft states, “With more than 85 million active users, Office 365 empowers individuals, teams and entire organizations with the broadest and deepest toolkit for collaboration. Office 365 is designed to meet the unique workstyle of every group with purpose-built, integrated applications: Outlook for enterprise-grade email; SharePoint for intelligent content management; Yammer for networking across the organization; Skype for Business as the backbone for enterprise voice and video; and now, Microsoft Teams, the new chat-based workspace in Office 365.“

Collaboration tools seem to be the wave of the future. As Microsoft knows well, being able to stay up to date with the latest ways employees are communicating will increasly drive businesses to Office 365. Teams is providing elements from other Office 365 apps while also delivering entirely new ways to work together.

So what exactly is it?

  • It’s a chat platform. Whether it’s having a emoji war back and forth in real time, video chatting or simply writing a message, Teams can do it all. Follow along with channels to get all company updates (similar to Yammer groups) and post attachments. Of course you can do this all from your mobile device or computer.
  • Teamwork is the goal. It combines all Office 365 applications—including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, SharePoint and Power BI. The familiarity of platforms makes it easy for employees to engage in the platform. With easy to share features your team can be more insync with each other than we ever thought possible.
  • Integration stems further than Microsoft products. Microsoft says more than 150 software integrations will be headed to Teams soon, including Mailchimp, Kayak, Growbot and Trello. Instead of opening a separate browser, you can now add a tab atop a Teams room’s chat window and view stats in real time.

Office 365 offers an immense breadth of tools that you can customize for your team to work more efficiently. If you don’t need the rich collaboration features of Teams, you can rely on Yammer, Word, Excel and other traditional Office apps. The ability to use these features today if you are a current Office 365 customer is compelling.

If you want to learn more about Office 365 and all of its collaboration tools, reach out to us with the form below. We are excited to start utilizing this new tool and help our customers customize the perfect solution for their company.

Watch the full Microsoft teams announcement here.

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