How To Get Started with Microsoft Teams

Microsoft’s latest collaboration platform, called Teams, continues to explode onto the scene as a comprehensive, intuitive tool that’s blazing past its competition.

In fact, Microsoft Teams has now surpassed Slack as the most popular online collaboration platform used by corporations.

Microsoft reported 20 million active users a year ago, as compared to Slack’s 12 million. Companies are realizing that the seamless integration between Teams and their other Microsoft applications, like the wildly popular Office 365. Even 70% of Slack users are O365 subscribers.

Make Collaboration Simple

Teams can do more in a single app than Slack, offering an intuitive interface and a multifunctional portal. Teams offers functionality for chats, instant messages, audio and video meetings, file sharing and application sharing in a single secure location.

The first step in implementing teams is to add colleagues to channels and teams. Teams are collections made up of people, content and tools based on a specific project or initiative. Many users create company-wide teams to include all employees.

Setting up channels is the next step. Channels can be built by topic, department, project, smaller workgroups or fun entities like hobby groups and extracurriculars. Channels house more of your workflow. They can hold meetings, conversations and store files that are shared and worked on together.

Include Additional Applications

You can increase the functionality of Teams by integrating other Microsoft apps like OneNote, Excel as well as and a variety of third-party apps like Salesforce, Survey Money and YouTube.

Consider linking to productivity apps, project management apps, news apps, educational and informational apps, communication apps, and more to expand your use of Teams and make it attractive for all colleagues.

Entrench Teams in the New Workplace

As we continue to battle COVID-19, companies are finding Teams to be a helpful resource to keep employees connected.

In today’s virtual work environment, more than ever, it’s crucial to think of teams first for its comprehensive offerings in:

  • Collaboration – sharing files in real-time, keeping conversations flowing and creating a place to all pieces handy
  • Small Projects – create groups around short-term or long-term workflows
  • Connection – encourage employee relationships, which is critical in ever-changing workplace environments
  • Work Groups – slice and dice groups of colleagues into channels that make sense for your business

Keep It Simple

The experts at Radius Executive IT Solutions can help you maximize your Teams implementation quickly, seamlessly and securely. We work with companies in Boston and across New England, specializing in healthcare, accounting, insurance, legal, non-profit and construction businesses.

Our services don’t stop at the completion of your IT project. We work with our clients to develop an in-depth IT support service and consistent IT strategy to help you succeed far into the future. Email or call us at 978-528-0110 to see how we can support your Microsoft Teams implementation or upgrade.

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