A few years ago now Microsoft were faced with the decision of either buying Slack or developing a new product of their own that would beat out the competition. However the idea that Slack could dethrone Office 365 is quickly dwindling as Microsoft have found their place in the corporate world.
Early this month, March 2018, Teams celebrated its first birthday and that more than 200,000 organisations are now utilising the software. This comes as no surprise as Microsoft are positioning Teams as your workplace hub for content, communication and even email.
What is Microsoft Teams?
Microsoft Teams is a digital platform that combines conversations, workplace chat, meetings, notes, apps and attachments in one place. The service integrates with Microsoft’s Office 365 productivity suite, including Microsoft Office and Skype, as well as featuring extensions that can integrate with non-Microsoft products, to create collaborative communities.
Teams provides a number of benefits for its users including security, cloud-scale, and a strong set of applications.
The unique aspect of teams, and where it shines through the competition, is the combination of email, messaging, document sharing, collaboration and organisation in a single app.
For example, one of the major reasons for utilising Teams over email for communication when onboarding a new user, is that they gain instant access to the entire history of the communication channel. You no longer need to forward a million emails and hope that the new employee can fit the pieces back together and make sense of the puzzle. By adding them to a team they have access to the entire thread in chronological order, which makes it significantly easier to bring a new employee up to speed.
Having access to the entire feed is a huge leap forward in the organisation of how and why decisions are made, while also providing an easily discoverable area to work backward through when issues arise.
Teams is rapidly becoming the hub of Microsoft’s productivity centre and represents a new way of working within the Office 365 ecosystem.
At eStorm we work closely with you to determine how your business can benefit from Microsoft Office 365 solutions, as well as help you to choose the right plan that makes sense for you and your needs. If you are not currently an Office 365 user, you’re considering making the switch to Office 365, or you simply don’t know where to start – please feel free to call us on (07) 3120 0640 or email us at [email protected]