Welcome to Microsoft’s ‘inner loop’: Microsoft Teams

By November 8, 2018Microsoft

Have you heard about Microsoft Teams? The chances are if you have invested in Microsoft solutions such as Office365 or Exchange Online, you might have also heard of Teams.

Teams provide a persistent chat capability, calling and meetings, easy access to other components of Office 365. This provides a hub for teamwork that is appropriate for enterprise companies of all sizes, start-ups, small businesses, larger entities, and global organisations alike.

Let’s explore Microsoft Teams in more depths. Microsoft Teams is built on existing Microsoft technologies woven together by Office 365 Groups. As our in-house Microsoft Architect Martin Gibney explains:

“Microsoft Skype for Business is changing its name to Microsoft Teams. What does that mean? At the moment, it’s two individual products and it won’t affect users straight away. Users of Skype for Business in the cloud will automatically changed over to Microsoft Teams in the next six months. While users of Skype for Business on-premise, this can have a major effect on what you can do with your phone systems.”

Key features of Microsoft Teams

What exactly can you do with Teams? Simply, it avoids wasting time locating files, remembering different logins, or switching between apps. The Microsoft Teams centralised environment brings together the full breadth and depth of Office 365, to provide a true chat-based hub for teamwork and give customers the opportunity to create a more open, fluid, and digital environment:

Teams – Find channels to belong to or create your own. Inside channels where you can hold on-the-spot meetings, have conversations and share files.

Meetings – See everything you’ve got lined up for the day or week. Or, schedule a meeting. This calendar syncs with your Outlook calendar.

Calls – In some cases, if your organisation has it set up, you can call anyone from Teams, even if they’re not using Teams.

Activity – Catch up on all your unread messages, @mentions, replies, and more.

What is a Team?

A team created in Teams will create an Office 365 Group, a SharePoint Online site (complete with a document library), and an Exchange Online group mailbox, which will be used by Teams to store information such as meeting invites. A team can be created using existing Office 365 Groups, allowing existing group memberships, and contents stored in SharePoint Online and Exchange Online to be ported to Teams.

How does Teams Work?

Teams leverage identities stored in Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) and integrates with the other services within Office 365, to create a SharePoint online site and an Exchange Online group mailbox for each team created.

What about Guest Access?

Anyone with a business or consumer email accounts, such as Outlook, Gmail, or others, can participate as a guest in Teams. All guests in Teams are covered by the same compliance and auditing protection as the rest of Office 365, and guests can be managed securely within Azure AD. Admins can centrally manage how guests participate within their Office 365 environment and easily view, add, or revoke a guest’s access to the host-tenant.

Why is Teams Different?

When your company uses disjointed applications, siloed information can make collaboration feel like a complex, time-consuming effort. It wastes time locating files, remembering different logins, or switching between apps. When tools are integrated with the business applications teams are already using, work happens faster, enabling easy communication and collaboration.

[LATEST] Microsoft Teams is replacing Skype for Business as the communications hub in Office 365.

To complement the Teams capability as a persistent chat board where informal, real-time conversations take place, Teams also provides a calling and meeting experience built on the next generation cloud-based infrastructure that is also used by Skype and Skype for Business.

Teams is built for the cloud on a highly scalable micro-services architecture that’s efficient in bandwidth consumption, provides more robust telemetry, and enables maintenance and upgrades with minimal disruption. As a result, users will see faster meeting join times and a better browser experience without needing to download plug-ins.

NOTE: Now you can add Calling Plan to your Office 365 E5 subscription. Calling Plan brings the benefits of the cloud to your phone system by shifting your phone needs to Office 365.

Why Choose Us?

Upgrading from Skype for Business to Teams enables your organisation to take advantage of business-critical communications capabilities in Skype for Business, with the addition of collaboration tools, app integration, and file storage – creating a true hub for teamwork.

Evros knows your organisation is unique, with specific needs when implementing change. Built upon a 30-year proud partnership with Microsoft, we’ve designed a mature workspace solution with Microsoft Teams backed by a consultative-led approach that will determine the exact solution for your organisation. Talk to our team today.