What is Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is a 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. Microsoft announced Teams at an event in New York, and launched the service worldwide on 14 March 2017. Here’s a brief overview of the features:

Teams

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.[18]

Messaging

Within a team, members can set up channels. Channels are topics of conversation that allow team members to communicate without the use of email or group SMS (texting). 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, Yammer, SharePoint, Dynamics, SalesForce, Bing News, and many others.

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.

Meeting

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.[19]

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.[20] Quizzes can also be assigned to students through an integration with Office Forms.[21]

Clients

As of November 2017, the following Microsoft Teams clients are available:

  •     Windows and MacOS: Included with Office 365
  •     iOS: Microsoft app in iTunes app store[22]
  •     Android: Microsoft app in Google Play[23]
  •     Windows 10 Mobile and Windows Phone 8.1[24]

For a deeper dive please watch the videos in this article. You can see the full Wikipedia article here.

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