Apr 28

Industry Insights

Microsoft Teams - A Collaboration Hub

The business landscape has evolved dramatically over the last few weeks. Remote working had been a growing trend for several years with some businesses operating fully remote teams. For the vast majority though the move to the entire staff working offsite was unprecedented and happened very quickly with little time for planning.

As a result solutions like Microsoft Teams has never been as popular. In the middle of March Microsoft announced it had over 44 million daily active users.

What is Microsoft Teams?

Microsoft Teams is essentially a collaboration platform. The defacto approach of communicating via group emails and sharing files via a patchwork of different services is difficult in these testing times which is the problem Microsoft Teams is designed to solve.

In its simplest form the service allows users to set up Teams, each of which is essentially a hub for group chat rooms, which are called channels. Multiple channels can be created within a Team and to help keep chats easy to follow, conversations are threaded, flow from top to bottom and notify users of updates. Teams is integrated with Microsoft Office 365, which means it is tied to other Microsoft Office services, such as Word and Excel, as well as its cloud storage and sharing services such as SharePoint. PowerPoint, OneNote, Planner, Power BI and Delve.

Video and Voice

If users need face-to-face conversation, they can jump straight into voice or video chats with other channel participants with a single click. Group calls are perfect for hosting virtual meetings allowing up to 250 users and live streaming events for up to 10000 attendees.

Sharing of Documents

Documents, spreadsheets, Powerpoint presentations that are shared within a Team are synced with a copy stored in cloud storage and a local environment, so every Team member always has access to the latest version. Collaborative editing of this shared content is also possible, with each user's changes reflected in the Office software in real time. So the most up to date version is always displayed.

Multi Device

It works on computers, mobile devices, and with conferencing equipment.

Remote working

A Virtual Office

Teams brings together the best parts of Office 365 in a single tool. It is essentially a collaboration tool with voice functionality. It’s a natural choice for organisations that already have Microsoft infrastructure in place, with Windows and Outlook as part of their daily operations.

  • One centralised hub
  • Calendars and meetings
  • Create, share, edit and find content
  • Call and meet team members
  • Chat and instant messaging
  • MS Office 365 integration
  • Customise Teams through APIs and bot frameworks
  • Enterprise security & compliance
  • Azure Active Directory integration
  • Bolt in additional applications such as share file, planner etc

Teams is available to most subscribers to Microsoft cloud-based Office 365 suite. If you would like to have a chat about enabling Teams for your business send us an email and one of our consultants will be happy to help.