WHAT IS TEAMS?
Microsoft Teams is a messaging app for teams where all conversations, meetings, files, and notes can be accessed by everyone, all in one place. It’s a place for collaboration and work to happen in the open. Microsoft Team’s interface is reminiscent of social media chat clients, like Facebook or Google Hangouts. Once your organisation has access to Teams, you can: download the desktop application, access Teams through your browser or download the mobile app.
WHAT ARE TEAMS?
Teams are collections of people, content, and tools that center around different projects and jobs within an organization. In Microsoft Teams, team members can have conversations and share files, notes, and more.
BENEFITS OF TEAMS
One centralised hub
Office 365 integration
Enterprise security & compliance
Azure Active Directory integration
No extra cost to Office 365 users
TEAMS SET UP
To start your teamwork collaboration, you need a team. Setting up Teams is easy and done in a few clicks, requiring a Team name and a description; this then allows team members to be added. As mentioned above, a new Team will create a matching Office 365 Group, OneNote, SharePoint site and Plan—so this does need to be done with some caution. This is where Abadata can help! Call us on 989 883 3411
WHAT ARE TEAM MEETINGS?
Team meetings are a quick and easy way for people in a channel to go from a conversation to an impromptu meeting.
Anyone from the team can join. Team meetings include audio, video, and screen sharing. You always have a meeting space, and you’ll never need a room or projector.
Conversations are one of the key features of Teams, allowing each Team to have a centralised discussion that is saved and easily searchable. Conversations are the central component where all teamwork is recorded—from file sharing to video calls.
(The use of @mentions allows you to tag participants or even whole teams to notify others. Users that look at Conversations will easily see where they have been mentioned through the red @ symbol to highlight areas of importance to them. On top of this, your desktop app will notify you through an alert. As well as tagging, users can 'like' content and share emoticons or GIFs).
Tasks include the ability to delete, download, move files, open, copy, edit or get a link to share with others – giving you all the key features you would get in the native apps.
You can also start a Group chat alongside the file, to allow team discussions while all working on the files - and this conversation will appear in your Conversation thread.
IS TEAMS AVAILABLE NOW?
Yes - Teams is generally available.
WHICH OFFICE 365 PLANS INCLUDE TEAMS?
Teams is available to Business Essentials, Business Premium, F1, E1, E3, E4 (retired) and E5 customers. It's also available for Education and Non-profit plans but not yet Government.
WHAT ABOUT SKYPE FOR BUSINESS?
Teams will be replacing Skype for Business! Find out more - as of summer 2021.
DOES TEAMS WORK WITH THOSE OUTSIDE YOUR ORGANIZATION?
Yes - this feature was added and can be turned on or off. Guest access is included with all Office 365 Business Premium, Office 365 Enterprise, and Office 365 Education subscriptions.
No additional Office 365 license is necessary. Guest access is a tenant-level setting in Microsoft Teams and is turned off by default.
WHAT DO I DO NEXT?