Introducing Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is the new chat-based workspace in Office 365 designed to facilitate real-time collaboration by pulling together various Office tools into one application. It is a universal toolkit designed for the ease of collaboration amongst each unique organization and their employees.

It will run on Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, and web platforms. Microsoft will roll out Teams to all eligible Office 365 customers by the first quarter of 2017.

Let’s breakdown the features of Teams.

Chat

Teams provides threaded chats so each group has their own conversation- with privacy features as well. Skype is heavily integrated so users have the ability to use voice and video calls in the app.

Office 365 Built-In Applications

Microsoft has built several of its applications into Team so all tools are accessible on the spot. This included OneNote, Planner, SharePoint, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and more. Teams was built off the basis of Office 365 Groups cross-application that allows users to share and preserve information across different applications.

Customization

Users can design their own unique experience with Tabs that provide quick access to frequently used documents and cloud services. There is also full support for Microsoft Bot integration and third-party services.

Security

Microsoft Teams provides security built into desktop and mobile offerings. There are advanced security capabilities such as data encryption, as well as supported key compliance standards like U Model Clauses, ISO 27001, HIPAA, and more.