Issue No. 67February 2018

“Microsoft Teams”, What is it?

As some of you may have heard, Skype for Business (The Brand) is eventually going away and Microsoft is slowly merging Skype for Business in to Microsoft Teams.  You also may have seen television commercials from Microsoft regarding “Teams” and it’s functionality. Our staff of engineers have recently received questions on Microsoft Teams so we decided to dedicate this month’s content toward this subject.

So what is Microsoft Teams?
For those of you that have used Slack, Microsoft Teams is Microsoft’s version of Slack, where multiple types of communication can be accessed through one location.
For those of you not familiar with Slack, below is the definition.
Microsoft Teams is the Office 365 collaboration hub for all teamwork-related activities. It’s built on existing Office 365 technologies, including:
  • SharePoint (File-Share)
  • Exchange (Email)
  • OneDrive for Business
  • Skype for Business (Instant Messaging and Meeting Share)
Microsoft Teams also provides an extensible platform so you can integrate third-party apps. This makes it possible for your teams, both inside and outside your organization, to discuss, meet, and collaborate, while keeping all context – conversations, notes, and files – in a single common location. Teams provides enterprise-grade security and compliance.

So, picture you and the rest of your team accessing multiple forms of communication (email, instant message, files) from one single window (Teams) versus having to toggle back and forth through multiple windows and programs.  One central repository.

To learn more about Microsoft Teams, other Microsoft products, or if you have a Microsoft project coming up (example Office 365 migration, Microsoft Server 2016 installation or Microsoft SQL installation), and need assistance or input from one of our Microsoft Certified engineers, feel free to reach out to our team at:
Phone: 858-952-5400 x0