A Beginner’s Guide to Microsoft Teams
Promote open communication regardless of where your colleagues are located with Microsoft Teams.
Whether your organization operates from one office or has employees spread around the world, effective communication is likely one of your biggest challenges. With today’s fast-paced technologically driven world, it can be difficult to track what each employee is doing and ensure they’re able to discern information to others.
As more companies begin to embrace remote work, collaboration becomes even more important. Companies like Microsoft have recognized this need and have developed a variety of cloud-based tools to help foster communication and collaboration among team members. With a variety of studies showing that remote workers are actually happier and feel more valued, it’s important that companies do all they can to foster this flexible work environment for their employees.
One tool that’s become popular among companies with a distributed workforce is Microsoft Teams, which is a highly capable chat and collaboration tool that will ensure all your employees are on the same page when it comes to important projects. Read on to learn more about this tool and how it can help transform how your employees communicate daily.
How can Microsoft Teams be used?
Microsoft Teams is a group chat tool that will allow your employees to converse in channels that can be created with ease. By creating multiple channels, employees can easily categorize conversations so that important information isn’t lost.
While having a group chat tool is beneficial, Microsoft Teams doesn’t just stop there. Microsoft Teams integrates tightly with other Office 365 apps such as Word, Excel, SharePoint, OneNote, and PowerPoint to name a few. You can now communicate with your employees without ever leaving these popular Office applications.
Why Microsoft Teams is superior to email
With the average employee receiving over 120 emails per day, it can be easy for important information to be missed. Microsoft Teams offers a way to cut down on useless emails by creating a hub where important information can be shared. In addition to group chat, Microsoft Teams allows users to easily share files as well as search past conversations so that important information is always at your fingertips.
Use connectors to communicate with other SaaS applications
With many organizations using multiple SaaS tools to run their businesses, information can quickly become disjointed between tools. Thanks to a feature called Connectors, which is built into Microsoft Teams, organizations can push updates from these third-party applications directly to channels within Microsoft Teams. A few of these applications include MailChimp, GitHub, Salesforce, and GitHub.
Who has access to Microsoft Teams?
Microsoft Teams is included with most Office 365 subscription plans, including Business Essentials and Business Premium E1, E3, and E5. If you currently have one of these plans you can easily download a desktop version of Microsoft Teams for use on Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android devices. Microsoft Teams also offers a web-based version if you’re using a device where installation of the software itself isn’t possible.
Contact MessageOps to give Microsoft Teams a try
If you’re a current Office 365 subscriber and are new to Microsoft Teams, reach out to MessageOps today to learn more about this cloud-based collaboration tool. We can help you learn how to enable this tool within your Office 365 admin account and give you additional insight into how some of our clients have significantly improved productivity after using Microsoft Teams. Contact us online or call today at 877-788-1617 to speak with one of our Office 365 experts who are all well versed in using Microsoft Teams.