Learn what you need to know to work in a new way with Microsoft Teams.
With Teams, you get a new ways to work for yourself and as a team. Your familiar Microsoft Office apps, along with OneDrive give you a new way to access your files from anywhere or edit documents live with co-workers.
And with Teams you and your team can create and communicate ideas from a single place. You can instantly chat with colleagues, have face-to-face meetings, and share digital whiteboards.
Get the essentials to get you started.
There are three basic ways to access Microsoft Teams:
Each of these versions of the Teams software have their own pros and cons.
The chat portion of Teams allows remote workers and office employees to communicate easily and organize their efforts more efficiently. Users can simply click on the Chat tab, then click on the pen and paper logo to the left of the search bar. Click on the Add People button to create a new group chat consisting of the people you want to talk with.
Microsoft Teams has a couple of ways to insert emojis into a conversation:
Click on the ellipses icon above a chat message to “save” a message for future reference.
Edit or delete your messages in Teams to correct mistakes with ease.
Set up a team to encourage collaboration — Simply go to the Teams tab, click on the Join or Create a Team option at the bottom of the team list column, and click on the Create Team option that appears.
Simply click on the ellipses menu next to the team name in the Teams tab and select Edit Team.
Change team member permissions by adding, removing and updating preferences.
By default, every newly-created team has a “General” channel, but say you want to make one channel for fun or silly things that aren’t business-relevant, and one for more productivity-oriented content. Click on the ellipses menu next to the team name, then select the Add Channel option.
Simply upload a file to your Teams channel so everyone can find it easily. For Office 365 software suite files (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.), members of the team will be able to open the file and work on it collaboratively as well.
Arrange and hide teams channels as needed.
Users can turn on banner and feed notifications in the Teams software so they can keep apprised of new comments in specific Teams channels.
No longer need a specific team? Delete as needed.
In Microsoft Teams, there are two ways to create a meeting:
Discuss something "right now" by creating an ad hoc meeting. You can start these meetings easily by clicking on either the Video Call or Phone Call buttons.
Set up a meeting in advance and invite one or more people to join you in that meeting. Many users prefer to use the Microsoft Outlook app to set up meetings in Teams.
To join an existing meeting, click on the meeting name in the Calendar tab, and then select Join.
If you’re making a presentation during a Teams meeting, you may want to share your screen so others can see what you’re talking about.