When communicating with your colleagues, do you use:
- Instant messaging?
- Text messages?
- Smoke signals?
- Passive-aggressive sticky notes?
From the legendary “Office Space” TPS report scene to the fire drill episode of NBC’s The Office, we’ve learned the importance of communication in the workplace. While email and instant messaging can be effective forms of communication, it can be tough to juggle multiple channels and keep track of which pieces of information are shared in each format.
But in recent years, Microsoft has worked to solve this dilemma. Microsoft Teams is a one-stop-shop for team collaboration, video conferencing, instant messaging and file sharing, bringing together all of your team’s internal communication and serving as a hub for your business.
Every team is different, and Office 365 has found a way to bring every employee, every account and every project together through Teams. This customizable productivity solution creates a shared workspace for your team to access from anywhere.
By creating different channels for different clients or projects, users can share files, make changes simultaneously in the same documents and share feedback all in one place, saving time and eliminating confusion around tasks.
WebEx, Zoom and GoToMeeting are all great video conferencing tools, but each comes with a price. With an Office 365 subscription, your video conferencing is free. Microsoft recently announced Microsoft Teams will replace Skype for Business because the company understands the value of bringing all communications together, allowing organizations to “move faster and collaborate more efficiently.”
Similar to other video conferencing services, Teams allows you to invite internal employees in addition to external partners (at no added cost) to their audio, video and web conferencing platform. Whether you’re trying to reach remote employees, hold a company meeting or conduct training through the app, Teams provides a complete online meeting solution.
Instant messaging has come a long way since it’s AOL Instant Messenger days. Teams has 13 million daily active users, outpacing rival Slack, according to Computer World. Kady Dundas, director of product marketing for Teams, believes the upswing is a testament to how employees lean toward collaboration and channel-based communications:
“What these data points tell us is that people have really moved their work into this open platform for real-time communication and collaboration.”
With features like emojis and GIFs, and the ability to chat one-on-one or with a team, users are able to consistently communicate with one another.
Not sure if the document you’re looking at is the latest, greatest version? Teams eliminates versioning confusion by fully integrating with Office 365 programs like Excel, Word, PowerPoint, OneDrive and SharePoint, maximizing productivity and allowing users to seamlessly collaborate on the same file concurrently.
When documents are ready for review, users can @-tag other members of the team, sending them an immediate notification and move on to their next task, rather than waiting for an email to go through or leaving a voicemail to notify that a task is complete.
There’s a better way to work
More than 500,000 organizations worldwide have turned to Microsoft Teams as their primary communication and collaboration tool, providing a streamlined alternative to the cobbled-together methods of the past.
Bring your communications together. Bring your team together. Eliminate the silos that hinder productivity with Teams.
Interested in learning more about how Microsoft Teams can transform your internal communications? Join us Sept. 19 at 12 noon CST to see how Teams can improve your workflow. Visit innovaconsulting.com/microsoft-teams to register.