O365 Thursday - Microsoft Teams

One of the best parts of Office 365 is the constant development around the platform. Microsoft is constantly adding new features and apps which are included in the subscription. It can sometimes be difficult to keep up with all of the new things being added. Today I'm going to talk about Microsoft Teams.

Microsoft Teams were rolled out about a month ago. Teams are a new way of collaborating in the Microsoft space. They allow the entire company or just a small group of people to collaborate on a "project". I put project in quotes because it doesn't have to be a finite project with a start and end date but can be an ongoing operation as well. 

The base of Teams is a chat window. The chat is persistent and searchable. Files can be shared in the window or new tabs linking directly to the files can be created as well. This is a screenshot of a Team that I created for the purposes of this blog post: 

As you can see from the picture, the Team chat allows for emojis, GIFs and stickers so people's personalities can shine through. Also notice the tabs along the top. These can be added at will for quick access to many different objects. In this case I shared this website and an Excel file as show here:

Website Tab

Microsoft Team Excel File Window

There is a desktop app for Teams but they can also be used from the web and mobile apps. The data in Teams is encrypted in transit and at rest and is SOC1 & 2 compliant so it there should be no compliance issues to worry about using the product. 

For the official word from Microsoft on Teams, check this link

We believe in Microsoft Office 365 so much that it is included with all of our managed service plans and help our clients use it to the fullest. If you have any questions or comments about Office 365, Microsoft Teams or anything else, please contact us and we'll be happy to help!

Until next time!