Microsoft Teams

In recent years, the need for teams to collaborate virtually has led to the development of several software and applications that will allow team members stay in touch with each other irrespective of time and location. Microsoft, not a group to shy away from innovation, or workplace collaboration came into the teeming market with Microsoft Teams in 2017. It seems much like an uphill task, with the workplace communication market already having alternatives including those built by Internet giants Google and Cisco.  

Microsoft Teams is a cloud-based solution that allows users to collaborate and share ideas. It utilizes several other Microsoft software functionalities and integrates seamlessly with Office 365 which allows it to stand out in contrast to other software sharing the same similarities. Since its inception, teams have enjoyed quite a cult following, this is perhaps due to the popularity of the Microsoft entity. However, until July, when Microsoft announced that 13 million people now use the software daily, it was only playing catch up with Slack.  

Designed to simplify group work and foster communication among group members, Microsoft Teams runs on both windows and mobile devices and thanks to the wide reach of Microsoft, it is also integrated with the Microsoft 365 suite. Like competing platforms, Microsoft teams allow you to create chat rooms which are called channels, and that helps keep chats easy to follow. With Microsoft drive for integration, Microsoft teams now boasts of integration to Microsoft and non-Microsoft services. Team members can share slides, documents or excel sheets and sync with the Microsoft OneDrive.  

Microsoft Teams users can commandeer the excellent services of Cortana, the Microsoft virtual assistant to issue commands and complete tasks. Should team members need a face to face conversation they can start a video chat. 

Why Microsoft Teams?  

The traditional means of communicating within organizations are no longer then norm.  MS Teams exist to fill this void and allow for better, seamless flow of communication within team members and colleagues. It is poised to do much more than that though and the one major benefit is the fact that users have access to several services all within the same application.  

How sweet is to navigate from editing a document, to the group chat and then back to video and voice calls? The simplicity of setting up a team and having access to all these shared services without configuring them individually makes adoption much easier. In today’s world where everyone wants to do more with less and with new features rolling out, Microsoft Teams users can now have recordings of meetings uploaded to the Microsoft Azure cloud along with fully automated time stamped transcriptions of the recordings.  

Do you fancy seeing what the folks out on the field are seeing while you hang back at the office? With Microsoft Teams integration with the HoloLens Virtual Remote Assistant, that can now be done. This feature allows a worker on the field wearing the prototype headset to share real time videos of what he his seeing with everyone on the team.  

What else to know about Microsoft Teams 

Microsoft Teams is available to Office 365 customers across 181 markets all over the world. The application is also used in as much as 23 languages presently with rapid growths necessitating support for new languages. MS Teams is a crossplatform application and is available on all platforms.  Getting Teams activated is as easy as enabling the option from the Microsoft 365 admin centre and you are good to go.  

The workplace of the future is already here with more businesses going virtual.  If you are not moving forward then you are going backward and getting left behind to watch your competitors benefit from adopting and using technology to grow their business, improve their services and reduce their operational cost. 

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