The business world is always buzzing about which hot new collaboration platform is the best.
There certainly are quite a lot of options to choose from. But one particularly useful solution stands out: Microsoft Teams. And it’s included totally free with Microsoft365 and Office 365.
Let’s dive into everything you need to know about this great collaboration solution for businesses, freelancers, and just about everyone else who works in a professional team setting.
Microsoft Teams is a persistent chat-based collaboration platform complete with document sharing, online meetings, and many more extremely useful features for business communications.
Having an excellent team space is key to being able to make creative decisions and communicate with one another. Shared workspace software makes this much easier to achieve, especially if a particular team is based in a very large company, has many remote employees, or is made up of a significant amount of team members.
Microsoft Teams features make it stand out from other collaboration software:
To put it simply, Microsoft Teams is similar in concept to the popular collaboration software Slack with a lot more bells and whistles. Plus, Microsoft Teams is included in Microsoft365 and Office365 for free.
When it comes down to it, businesses should use Microsoft Teams because it is extremely user-friendly and can facilitate a work environment between remote users or within a large business. Projects, productions, and other business elements can benefit from Microsoft Teams.
For businesses already using Skype for Business, the Microsoft Teams client will replace the Skype client, but all additional existing functionality will remain the same.
Microsoft Teams is incredibly straightforward and user-friendly. There is little to no set up required. Still, some thought should be put into how a business wants to use the platform before rolling it out across the company.
There are two main options to consider:
You can choose to do something involving both of these approaches or something somewhere in between. What is right for a particular business depends on its culture and use cases. Teams can be controlled and configured directly from the Teams admin centre.
From the user standpoint, Teams is very intuitive and the learning curve is quite small compared to more complicated collaboration tools.
Bespoke training can be provided if needed for team members, but there are also excellent online user training materials available from Microsoft. These materials are presented as a series of very short videos on how to do different things and execute different functions within Microsoft Teams. Because of how easy and simple it is to share documents within Microsoft Teams to multiple or all members, custom training materials and business guidelines can be made available within the platform for new users or employees to access.
Teams is a powerful and extremely useful collaboration environment that will only get more popular. Microsoft Teams is included in Office 365 for free, so any Office user can enjoy all the benefits of this collaboration solution. In summary, it brings simplicity to teamwork by collaborating, sharing, communicating and doing it all under one platform.
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