Microsoft Teams is a chat-based workspace that facilitates online collaboration. It’s a centralised place where your colleagues can chat, start a video or voice call, access documents and notebooks and search for contacts.
Microsoft Teams Features:
- Chat – you can share your opinion and talk to your team. You can send GIFs, stickers, and emojis in one-to-one-messages or group chat.
- Meet – you can host a video conference or group chat with teams of two to 100 people.
- Call – you can make and receive calls directly in Microsoft Chat with features like group calling, cloud voicemail and call transfers
- Collaborate – you can share and edit files with your teammates using familiar apps like Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
The application allows you to share a digital whiteboard or screen sharing, like a PowerPoint presentation. You no longer need to toggle between apps.
There are a range of powerful customisation options which allow you to add third-party apps and services as tabs in a channel.
Microsoft Teams delivers enterprise-grade security and compliance. It has built-in advanced security and compliance capabilities including multi‑factor authentication and continuous data encryption.
It’s an ideal application for training a group of staff members who need to be socially distancing or located in different offices. You can create polls to quickly receive feedback, and participants can optionally turn their camera on and off, and mute their microphone.
I find the interface a little clunky, for example, the default setting could have more options for viewing participants, and I’d prefer a wider chat. The UX design could also make it clearer as to where you share you screen from.
Microsoft Teams may work better for small groups and is a great way to facilitate training and meetings.
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About Microsoft Teams
Online meetings, chat and cloud storage, all in one place, for free.
Microsoft Teams is built to support this new level of convenience and collaboration. The latest addition to Office 365, it is a teamwork hub that brings people, conversations and content together in a single interface. Think of it as a digital open-plan office.
If you have a commercial Office 365 licence, your IT team can turn on Teams for you today – it’s additional value that has been added to your existing subscription service. If you’re not using Office 365 yet, you can try Microsoft Teams as part of a free Office 365 trial.
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