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What is Microsoft Teams and Why Do We Love It?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably either heard about or are already using a collaborative program to chat with coworkers. Teams is Microsoft’s take at a “chat based workspace” that allows for real-time collaboration and allows people to come together to have casual conversations and create work plans.

Why move to a group chat environment? It is significantly easier to use than traditional email. You can easily integrate other apps and productivity tools to bring together everything your team needs to work together efficiently.

3 Reasons Why We love Teams

Boosts collaboration and productivity

Collaboration and productivity is at the top of the list for goals for most businesses. Microsoft Team’s is a well-designed solution that is built to boost collaboration and productivity in businesses using Office 365. The idea behind teams is to make a digital translation of an open office space. Whether users are all together in a physical office or scattered around the world Teams allows for chat communications, file integration, and other applications all structed in a cohesive way.

Integrates seamlessly with Office 365

Many of you are probably already using Office 365 making Microsoft Teams and easy add on feature that only extends your use of products you’re already using every day. When teams are created, a fully functional group is also created. This creates an associated SharePoint site, mailbox, and OneNote notebook. Teams is also integrated with Exchange so emails and calls can be made from within team itself. Since Microsoft has announced that Skype for Businss will be discontinued, teams is the new place to exchange video and voice conferencing and calls. The files tab in every team uses SharePoint for storage, and more tabs can be added to include collaborative spaces like Excel notebooks, Word documents, calendars and more.

It’s Secure

With Microsoft Office 365 as the foundation of Teams, you can rest assured knowing that security is a key feature. Teams is Tier C compliant including standards like SOC 1 and 2, ISO27001, HIPAA, and EU Model Clauses. Microsoft Teams states that they “enforce team-wide and organization-wide two-factor authentication, single sign-on thorugh Active Directory, and encryption of data in transit and at rest. Files are stored in SharePoint and are backed by SharePoint encryption. Notes are stored in OneNote and backed by OneNote encryption”. Teams also offeres two-factor authentication and SSO via Active Director or SAML and supports mobile data protection via Intune.

As you can see, teams is a robust tool that makes sharing and collaborating with coworkers easier than ever. With the emphasis on transitioning from Skype for Business to Teams, we expect to see the software grow and become even more feature laden as time goes on. If your organization is already using Microsoft Office 365, Teams is a natural and easy transition that will only enhance your experience. If you have any questions about how to begin using teams or want more information on how Teams can positively impact your organization feel free to comment below or contact us for more information.


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