Microsoft has come out swinging in the summer of 2020 when it repackaged and rebranded one of its most enduring products — before the first half of the year was over, Office 365 had become the bigger and better Microsoft 365. And what made this change even more exciting for our Miami clients was what was bundled inside: Microsoft Teams.
What is Microsoft Teams?
Microsoft Teams is a collaboration hub that unifies communication and productivity tools to drive better output for businesses. On Teams, you can invite and collaborate with all the people in your organization, no matter the time or the place.
At its core, the app is a more powerful and more secure alternative to the popular video conferencing software Zoom. It is also more reliable and employs encryption protocols. But it is much more than just Video Conferencing and can become your single source communications platform reducing email and increasing productivity, information access, and communication speed. This ensures that all your communications and files are within reach at all times, while providing uncompromising protection of all sensitive business information.
A completely free version of Teams is available for a limited time and Teams automatically comes bundled with almost every Microsoft 365 and Office365 package.
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Can I use it with other Microsoft apps?
Yes, you can. Microsoft apps like OneDrive, Sharepoint,, Office Suite, and Dynamics 365 all have Teams integrations. So you can do more than simply use Teams with them; you won’t even have to leave the Teams interface to have access to other Microsoft apps and their relevant files.
Does Teams Integrate with other software I use?
Yes! Teams has integration functionality with tons of 3rd party applications which you can easily add-on through the Microsoft Office Store, you can even customize your own integrations through various tabs within Teams with ease!
Many popular productivity and communication apps are available there, such as Monday.com, Workstreams.ai, Skooler, CoreView, Remind, SkillerBee, MailChimp, Gtmhub, and more.
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How do I start?
Setting up Teams is easy and can be done in a matter of minutes. You’ll need to choose a team name and description, and then you can add team members. Teams makes it easy by automatically creating matching Microsoft 365, OneNote, and SharePoint groups for every new team.
In each team, you’ll find channels — the first one is called the General Channel. You can create and customize channels depending on your workflows and your organizational needs. Each channel features tabs, specifically Conversation, Files, and Notes. You can also add more tabs and customize them freely; it is through these tabs that you and your team members can access integrations.
Microsoft products are the easiest integrations to set up, as they have common coding with Teams. Simply add a new tab and select from a list of available integrations such as PowerBI, Excel, Planner, and Word. The procedure for third-party integrations are pretty much the same, you just need to follow the step-by-step installation processes for each integration.
In Part 2 of this article, we will discuss Microsoft Teams’ industry-leading security features, as well as other ways you can boost data protection in Teams through the Microsoft 365 infrastructure.
Take advantage of Microsoft Teams through a trusted Microsoft certified vendor like WhiteOwl. We’ll make sure it is installed correctly, deployed effectively, and supported thoroughly. Contact us today to learn more.