Just what is Microsoft Teams?

“Microsoft Teams is a unified communication and collaboration platform that combines persistent workplace chat, video meetings, file storage (including collaboration on files), and application integration.” That’s what Wikipedia says. And that’s a mouthful. But what does it mean to you? 

In our current chaotic work environment, it can mean a lot. Millions of users turn to Microsoft Teams to provide a remote, work-from-home experience, especially in these uncertain times. It’s very popular at the office, too. In an earnings call at the end of April 2020, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella reported Teams saw a 70% increase in activity in just 30 days, to 75 million daily active users during the pandemic.

“Teams is the new center of gravity for Office 365.”

Karuana Gatimu, Microsoft

Videoconferencing and chat are what everyone is talking about with the shift to remote working in many organizations. And those tools are among the most powerful, secure and reliable communications suites available. However, those world-class communications capabilities are just a fraction of Teams’ ability to transform the way your company gets things done.

Because it is part of the Microsoft Office 365 suite, Teams users have access to and can collaborate inside all of Office’s most popular productivity tools. Teams allows users to add integrations to a wide variety of external apps. Do you need to collaborate with others on a Google doc? No problem. Just add that app to your Team. Team members can collaborate on those files even if they don’t have the related programs installed on their devices.

One very powerful Teams feature is the ability to quickly create and seamlessly integrate with an Intranet created in SharePoint. It’s a great way to organize many work-from-home scenarios. WSC has built dozens of Teams-integrated Intranets that connect seamlessly with critical line-of-business applications for its clients.

With Microsoft Teams you can:
  • Access Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint, OneNote, Planner, Power BI and more all from one central hub
  • Work in Dropbox, Adobe or external cloud storage platforms, among them: Dropbox, ShareFile (Citrix), Creative Cloud (Adobe), G Suite/Drive (Google), Box, Egnyte, and Box applications, all without leaving Teams. The list of options is growing all the time.
  • Facilitate collaboration and transparency within your company or department, while providing security. Your information stays safe
  • Microsoft Teams features persistent chat which enables you to save and review conversations, allowing team members to enter midstream without a recap. They’ll be able to catch up on their own.

What’s the best part of Microsoft Teams? If you have Office 365, you already own it. External users who don’t have Teams can access sites through a free app available for most mobile devices.  

Ready to step up your online work-from-anywhere environment? Ask Wellington Street Consulting  to help you implement Teams in your own, company-specific configuration, without disrupting your day-to-day operations.