What Is Teams?
Microsoft refers to Teams as a platform that combines workplace chat, meetings, notes, and attachments. What does that mean?
Think of Teams as a hub—a hub that lets you delegate. A team owner can add members and even upgrade them to owners, who, in turn, can add other new members. From Teams, coworkers can view and collaborate on documents from one central location. Do you have version control issues? Who doesn’t? Now teammates can add suggestions, edit, or proofread documents in one place, while creating a record of all changes without sacrificing security. Do you need a smaller, internal group within a group? That’s possible too.
“I like that all the files are in one place and even if a client requests Google drive we can use Teams to lead there” -Bobbie Carlton
Teams is a single pane of glass where you can view all the Office 365 tools and just about every other tool together. Corral Word, Excel, Dropbox, Adobe, Slack, Trello, and many other non-Microsoft apps together without the hassle of constantly logging in and out. You’re already signed in.
Teams is often called chat-based, but what does that mean? Teams features persistent chat. That sounds like that guy in the bar who keeps telling you about his reoccurring dream. It’s not. It’s a way of keeping the entire team in the loop. Members can converse in a communications platform akin to Skype for Business or Slack, with a difference—records. Do you need to know who said what, and when? Now you can. Persistent chat enables you to look back and reread a conversation. It also allows team members to enter the conversation at different points with access to the entire thread. There’s no need to recap the exchange for employees who join in late.
Teams is a mix of Skype and SharePoint with a light dusting of Exchange. It’s also expanding constantly so if you have your eye on an app you’d love to access through Teams, you probably won’t have to wait long to see it there.
What’s the best part of Teams? If you have Office 365, you already own it.