Microsoft teams for collaborative teams

Why your team needs to be on Microsoft Teams

As an app which only celebrated its first birthday back in March 2018, Microsoft Teams has been causing disruption in the team-tech space since day one, and it’s clear to see why. If you’ve ever used Slack or Rocket Chat, you’ll be familiar with the style and navigation of the user interface which Teams carries.

What you may not know about, however, is the vast array of features this little app places at your fingertips. Built on the strength and scale of Office 365 with over 120 million users, Teams delivers chat-based collaboration, meetings, calling, and soon, full enterprise voice features. All of this is underpinned by the Microsoft Graph, allowing for rich AI capabilities. Thankfully, unlike Slack and other alternatives, the fact that Teams is part and parcel of Office 365 gives you assured security on an enterprise scale.

What does Teams actually do?

At its most basic level, Microsoft Teams is a messaging tool that enables text communications between users, whether they are in the same office or work remotely. As a champion of collaboration through remote working, this alone gets a big thumbs up from Team64.

Similar to Skype for Business, it balances group chat rooms and their threaded conversations with private messages between individuals remarkably well, and when necessary, users can jump from instant messaging to a video call at the push of a button. Simple.

But that’s not all – Teams is an Office 365 app which means it is fully integrated with the full Office suite. Frankly, that alone raises it head and shoulders above the available alternatives because collaboration for a 365-ready business is immediate. As an example, team OneDrive documents can be accessed and edited without leaving the app, with all necessary team members there to review and sign off, whether they are sat next to each other in a meeting room, or on different continents.

How does it compare with other communication apps?

Side-by-side comparisons between competing collaboration apps can be problematic because they tackle similar tasks in different ways. But each tool offers some key strengths. For Teams, it is the availability within certain Office 365 subscriptions for no extra fee. This makes a compelling argument for existing Office 365 users – of which there are 135 million – using Microsoft Teams rather than shelling out money for a separate tool.

As for main competitors, we’ve already mentioned it twice – Slack. This comes as no great surprise when Teams was created and refined as a direct response to the team comms market giant. Similarities are vast between the two – both have app integration, file sharing and a similar communication structure, for instance.

But differences? Slack isn’t able to integrate with Office like Microsoft Teams, that’s for sure, and with Teams, Skype calling is built into the platform. You can record, transcribe and save Skype meetings to the cloud and integrate the app with Cortana. Plus, you can now get inline message translations – ideal for organisations spanning continents and languages.

If you’re an Office 365 subscription holder, the question you need to ask yourself is, “Is the alternative that much better than Teams that we want to pay a separate subscription to use it?”

Do I already have Teams?

Great question – we can confirm that the following Office 365 subscriptions have Microsoft Teams packaged in for free and ready to go when you’re ready:

  • Office 365 Business Premium
  • Office 365 Business Essentials
  • Office 365 Enterprise E1
  • Office 365 Essentials E3
  • Office 365 E5

Need your team on Teams?

If you don’t have an Office subscription yet, or have one that isn’t listed above and want the Teams app and many more, drop Team64 a message here and we’ll get you set up faster than you can say “get my team on Teams”. Literally.

It’s time to collaborate – join the 365 revolution with 64TEQ.