Remote workers from all over the globe are turning to remote meeting tools to stay connected with customers and co-workers Topping the list of these applications is Microsoft Teams. Teams not only provides chat-based collaboration with global reach, but also document collaboration, screen sharing, note-taking and whiteboarding—all integrated with Office applications and world-class security. Here’s what today’s diverse workforce needs to know about Teams.
Everything In One Place: Because Teams is part of the Office 365 Suite, it provides users with an open, digital environment that makes work integrated, visible and accessible across the board. Sharepoint/OneDrive documents are accessible from right within the tool, whether in a private or group chat. All conversations are saved and visible to everyone on your team, especially those that were late or unable to join the party. And just for fun, Microsoft has thrown in GIFS, stickers, emojis, and custom memes to spice up your chats.
Improved Meeting Experience with Scheduling Capabilities: By virtue of its automatic Outlook Calendar integration, Teams allows users to view, schedule and join virtual meetings from right within the app. All meetings include high-quality, web-based audio and video conferencing features. Importantly, these can be individually toggled on/off, should a participant wish to mute background noise or work in their pajamas, respectively.
App Gallery: Teams offers a host of add-on “apps” with a variety of functions to increase productivity. Top picks include project management, wiki and analytics from popular developers Trello, Stack Overflow and Salesforce. Incorporating these tools into your Teams experience is simply a click away.
Highly Customizable: Because every organization is unique, Microsoft allowed for significant Teams customizability. Using Microsoft Exchange’s Connector model, third-party services like GitHub and Twitter enable your organization to create and customize intelligent services from right within Teams.
Improved Security: As mentioned earlier, Microsoft didn’t skimp on security with Teams. User data is encrypted both while in transit and at rest. Like all Office 365 services, Teams is ISO 27001, HIPPA, SOC 2 and EU Model compliant. IT administrators can easily manage Teams through the familiar Microsoft Admin console. And with provisioning through Microsoft’s global data center network, Teams’ reliability and performance is ensured.
Microsoft Teams is a powerful communication and collaboration tool that has become a major player in the workforce, now more than ever. For more information on putting Microsoft Teams to work for your organization, contact us at Wolfconsulting.com.
- "7 things you should know about Microsoft Teams,” Web log post. JC Moy. Web. May 2017.