Microsoft Teams is the ultimate tool for collaborating at work, Teams provides a fully decked out document storage, chat and online meeting environment. Teams is Microsoft’s answer to programs like Slack, or Google Hangouts.

If you’ve ever needed to participate in a team project at work, you’ll fully appreciate the need for such a tool. Each program is designed for work collaboration and has a slightly different set of features, some of which you may need, some you may not. Microsoft Teams is your new best friend for group projects. Here are our favorite features that Microsoft Teams has to help you collaborate:

Our hand picked top Microsoft Teams features;

 

1. Fully integrated with Office 365

As another Microsoft product, Teams of course integrates beautifully with Office 365, which is perfect if you’re already using that for your business.

 

2. Conversation channels

You can dedicate chat channels to certain topics which makes it far easier and more likely to keep messaging on a topic and resolve problems faster without distraction.

 

3. Reduced email

You’ll have less clutter in your inbox as prompt, quick questions get resolved over Teams chat, rather than waiting way too long for email replies.

 

4. Direct access to email, Skype, OneDrive and SharePoint

Teams provides you with access to Office 365 applications within the one location, so you’re able to work more efficiently. Access files and documents in OneDrive and SharePoint make calls and conduct video conferences directly from Teams.

 

5. Collaborate live in real time

Complete work in real time with your colleagues as you chat together and work on files through Teams, rather than taking turns and emailing updates and having multiple versions of everything.

 

6. Access Teams across all of your devices

Teams not only has the comprehensive web interface, but you can collaborate on the go, or answer teammate questions from afar using the mobile apps (iOS, Android and Windows).

 

7. Collaborate internally and externally securely

You can customise your ‘teams’ to be private, or publicly available to any other users on your organisation’s Office 365.

 

8. Collaborate with vendors suppliers and clients

You can even invite chat users from outside your organisation using their direct email. They will be tagged as ‘guest’ users, but this is a great functionality for communicating with vendors or other third parties.

 

9. Automatic setup across the suite

When you create a Team, Microsoft Teams will also create a shared selection of Office 365 elements for whatever you’re working on. This includes a Sharepoint team site, a shared OneNote notebook, and a shared Plan).

 

10. Fast searching for information

Use the search function in Microsoft Teams to easily find relevant information from past conversations or files.
Directly schedule meetings for your group that automatically invites all members within your ‘Team’.

 

11. Easily organise email related to the topic

You can forward emails directly to your channel as a clever way to share them. Just click the ellipsis next to any channel name and select “Get email address.” That generates an email address for the channel!

 

12. Conversation threads

Teams displays chats as threaded conversations, so you can easily track the flow of conversation without getting lost.

 

13. Integrate third party applications quickly

Microsoft Teams supports third party applications like Zendesk and Asana, allowing you to integrate Teams into further aspects of your business.

 

14. Cyber security

Microsoft Teams is built with the best cyber security standards possible. ISO 27001 and SSAE16 SOC 1 & 2 just to name a couple. With Integrated mobile device management to help keep you data and fleet safe.

 

Conculsion

This is an unbelievable cache of features, and really it doesn’t come close to covering just how useful and beneficial this will be for your teams at work. When it comes down to it, Microsoft Teams is a huge bonus for workplaces already working with Office 365 and supports all your collaborative needs with ease.

If you require a hand to setup Teams or Office 365 the friendly team at Stanfield IT can assist.