“Meet the hub for teamwork in Office 365”
Teams is Microsoft's platform that combines workplace chat, meetings, notes, and attachments. The service integrates with the company's Office 365 subscription office productivity suite, including Microsoft Office and Skype, and features extensions that can integrate with non-Microsoft products.
Why does Microsoft Teams matter?
As well as the chat-based comms, Teams' integration with other Microsoft services allows for shared files and calendars, collaborative editing, and easy switching between voice, video and text chat. Teams is designed to provide an easier way for small groups of people to communicate and collaborate.
More than Just a Communication Tool
Teams is more than a communications tool: it also combines strong content collaboration features, thanks to integration with Microsoft’s software portfolio. OneDrive documents can be accessed and edited without leaving the app, for example.
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Communicate and Collaborate together!
Teams allow communities, groups, or teams to join through a specific URL or invitation sent by a team administrator or owner. Teams for Education allows admins and teachers to set up specific teams for classes, professional learning communities (PLCs), staff members and everyone.
Messaging Within a team, members can set up channels. Users can reply to posts with images, GIF's and custom made memes. Direct messages allow users to send private messages to a specific user rather than a group of people. Connectors are third party services that can submit information to the channel, some connectors include MailChimp, Facebook Pages, Twitter and Bing News.
Calling Instant messaging Voice over IP (VoIP) Video conferencing inside the client software Teams supports public switched telephone network (PSTN) conferencing allowing users to call phone numbers from the client.
Meetings Meetings can be scheduled or created ad-hoc and users visiting the channel will be able to see that a meeting is currently in progress. Teams also has a plugin for Microsoft Outlook to invite others into a Teams meeting.
Education Microsoft Teams allows teachers to distribute, provide feedback, and grade student assignments turned-in via Teams using the Assignments tab, available to Office 365 for Education subscribers. Quizzes can also be assigned to students through an integration with Office Forms.