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Microsoft announces launch of Microsoft Teams for Office 365 users

Office 365 November 23, 2016


 

Does the launch of Microsoft Teams mean that Skype, SharePoint and Yammer will become redundant? Find out with what Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella has to say and if Microsoft Team will really replace the existing communication stack of Microsoft.

 

Microsoft has announced the launch of Microsoft Teams, which is a complete hub for teamwork for Office 365 users. It allows group chats, gives access to content, tools, people and everything that a person needs to work in Office 365.

 

But wait a minute?

 

Does it mean Yammer, Skype and SharePoint or what is known as Microsoft communication stack are redundant now?

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As per Satya Nadella, it won’t go away. It all is here to stay as per the requirement of every team. He himself check Yammer every morning to find out what’s going on in his organization. He added, “Yammer is a bulletin board for the entire organization, Skype is where instant, real-time communications happen.” While talking about Microsoft Teams chat, he said, it works well asynchronously, for more informal and casual conversations.

 

Nadella also said, “What underpins all of these tools is a very powerful platform,” said Nadella. “A common identity, a common profile, across all of these tools powered by Azure Active Directory.”

 

The fact that Yammer is not going away was emphasized at Microsoft’s Ignite Conference. Microsoft showed that Yammer and Office 365 will undergo a deeper integration and also the fact that there were several plans in the pipeline to do that. There is Skype for Business in Office 365

 

Instant communication exists via Office 365’s Skype for Business, but once you’ve left the chat space, the conversation disappears. There is also Slack, which allows teams to create their own public or private “chatrooms” and be able to work from multiple devices. Slack became popular with organizations since it is a more informal way of communication.

 

In a video that introduces Microsoft Teams, the benefits of Microsoft Teams are covered in the most comprehensive way.

 

Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president for the Office team adds, “We built Microsoft Teams because we see both tremendous opportunity and tremendous change in how people and teams get work done. Teams are now more agile and organizational structures more flat to keep communications and information flowing”.

 

Microsoft Teams is a new and contemporary way for teams to have conversations. It helps to keep a record of threaded chats and ensures that everyone involved is engaged. The team conversations are visible to all team members and also the feature to have private chats. There is also the ability to have voice and video conferences using Skype.

 

And guess what?

 

There is option to add emojis, GIFs, custom memes and stickers.

 

There’s Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint, OneNote, Planner, Power BI and Delve…all built into Microsoft Teams and which can be used by Office 365 users.  Basically everything users need for their day-to-day working packed into one and with the ability to have contemporary way to communicate.

 

Office 365 users expect enhanced security in Microsoft Teams, and that is what exactly Microsoft provides- enhanced security. It meets security standards like ISO 27001, ISO 27018, EUMC, SOC 1 Type I & II, SOC 2 Type I and II, HIPAA and FERPA.

 

For a list of Frequently Asked Questions, you can refer to the Office blogs.

 

To know more about Office 365 and communication tools, you can speak to one of our experts today.

 

 

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