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Taking Collaboration To The Next Level With Microsoft Teams

The growth of the remote workforce has driven record growth for companies such as Zoom reporting increases by as much as 300 million daily meeting users.

Zoom is not the only platform to experience tremendous growth Slack and most lately Microsoft Teams which allows you to collaborate vs just meeting online has grown substantially. Let’s look at what Microsoft Teams can do for your business productivity.

1. Microsoft Teams vs Slack

Both are very capable platforms, in truth, Microsoft Teams has continued to evolve very quickly despite Slack being the dominant force in remote collaboration. The key to Microsoft Team’s success is its tight integration to Microsoft Office applications such as Office365 now called Microsoft 365

Both have similar capabilities when it comes to user interaction but you will find some unique advantages to Microsoft Teams vs the Slack platform.

2. How To Roll Out Microsoft Teams

In an ideal world, you have a technology roadmap that has identified a need for greater collaboration/productivity remotely in your business before simply deploying Microsoft Teams. Some consideration needs to be thought of when it comes to the channels you establish etc. A channel is built around a topic you might have a Sales Channel, Project, etc so think of the appropriate channels for communication pre-deployment, not post-deployment. Microsoft has a document that outlines how to roll Microsoft Teams.

3. Chat, Teams and Apps

Microsoft Teams comes pre-configured with many default settings and configurations. This article from Microsoft explains when it may be appropriate to change some of those default settings based on your unique organizational needs. 

Also included is a video to walk you through those potential changes. Every organization will be different. We mentioned channels earlier but note that you can make channels private vs public. So for sensitive HR collaboration, finance or C-level discussion you can select who can see and who can participate in those private channels. In addition to apps you can work closely with Microsoft Excel, Microsoft OneDrive, Microsoft OneNote, and more to improve the experience for everyone in the organization. Those apps are not solely limited to Microsoft you will find thousands of other integrations with common business applications also.

4. New Exciting Changes Coming To Microsoft Teams

Keep up to date with the latest news on Microsoft Teams right here, the platform frequently evolves to meet the ever-changing needs of remote teams. Let’s take a look at some new upcoming features to Microsoft Teams

  • Together Mode – as we all experience an increased amount of virtual meetings fatigue from such meetings has become a real issue. Microsoft is releasing a “Together” mode which helps your team members feel more together. More on the release on Together mode can be found from an article provided by Microsoft.
  • Dynamic View- allows you more creative control on how attendees are displayed on a screen together with presentation material say from Microsoft Powerpoint for example.
  • Video Filters- to address lighting challenges a new filtering system You will now be able to adjust lighting levels directly within the Teams application itself.
  • Suggested Replies- become commonplace in email and text applications these days. In future releases when someone sends you a Teams message asking if you are available tomorrow at 2 pm EST, you will be able to respond without manually typing a response.
  • Cortana coming to Teams – voice assistance will allow you to join or leave a meeting, send chat messages, etc.

Microsoft Teams is a powerful tool to help your team increase productivity both locally and remotely.

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