Dependence on digital tools and software to boost business and management at workplace is now inevitable. Microsoft has been the most promising organization to deliver revolutionary products. It has been globally active to provide products that optimize ease of access. These products ensure ease of communication and collaboration though networks, organizations and even at homes. It launched Microsoft Office 365 which was a huge success with companies wanting to empower employees and increase their productivity and now Microsoft has launched Microsoft Teams which is an expansion on the existing features of Microsoft Office 365.
It is a chat based work space in Microsoft Office 365. The application allows you to create and manage teams in virtual space as if it all were happening in your own office. It brings context to the work experience of organizations by assimilating all components of work force i.e. people, conversations, and shared content into a single space.
Microsoft Teams is doing its best to provide which has been the goal of Microsoft and its competitors i.e. Unified Communication Solution in a single client. With Microsoft Teams out in the market, that goal seems nearer than ever before. See a demo and feel the difference and improvement on already existing options for yourself here.
On March 14, 2017 Microsoft Teams was launched for general availability. It is available in 181 countries and 19 languages on Windows, Mac, Android, iOS and web apps. The intended purpose of the launch was for business only clients. It doesn't include any consumer version or free trial subscription.
Business cannot work in isolation to its environment. Superstructures of change in the modern world are reshaping large and small businesses. Now employees working at any organization are much more diverse. They are ethnically heterogeneous, different in age groups, and globally distributed. Furthermore, they are aware of the world more than ever before, thanks to the internet and social media. Diversity in workforce and global forces of change demand new tools of collaboration to be implemented at workplace.
Today’s workplace is just not an office. Gone are the days when people followed and repeat a routine until they were bored out of their minds. Now organizations want to motivate their employees by empowering them. Microsoft has been introducing tools which make employee’s work experience a whole lot meaningful. Tools developed by Microsoft have been helping organizations to optimize employee performance and increase productivity.
The other products available with similar features are Skype for Business and Slack. Microsoft Teams stands out on its own; providing what is the goal of all its competitors i.e. Unified Communication Solution with only one client. One client that provides context to all conversations, meetings and content shared by employees in an organization.
Skype for Business provides integration to different applications such as calling, conferencing, video interoperability between different platforms, Outlook and Share Point. Microsoft teams has eliminated the need for integration with too many apps. Most office applications are built-in in Microsoft Teams. `
It performs automated transfer of information from Skype for Business thus, eliminating the need to hop around multiple windows. It helps avoid confusion while working. Now whatever you need to perform a business task is put together in one place. It is bringing to the table what this millennium is all about i.e. context to a task.
Meeting Room System
Office (Share Point, Outlook, Office Online) Integration
Access To Planner
Access to Files/Share Point
Access to One Note
Office 365 Group Connectors
Microsoft teams has eliminated the need for too many integrations and extensions to multiple applications and is bringing to the table what this millennium is all about i.e. context.
Slack is another application currently in use for communication and collaboration at workplace. Slack is a massaging app for business organizations. It assembles all conversations and files of a team into one place. With its features of threaded conversations, deep integration with the Office 365 and a user interface; Microsoft Teams is doing its best to replace Slack. But Slack is fighting back. In an open letter to Microsoft they announced that slack is here to stay.
|Channels/Groups||Manages team conversation by making a channel. Every member of the team has a view of the channel. Channel can be a project or a meeting||Same functions and features|
|Private (Channels/Groups)||Secures sensitive data by making private channels. Only authorized team members can access that data.||Same functions and features|
|Direct Messaging||Send your team members direct message with complete privacy and security.||Same functions and features|
|Files (Drag, Drop and Share)||All PDFs, spreadsheets, documents and files can be directly unloaded into slack and shared with whomever you want||Same functions and features|
|One Drive||Does not support Microsoft One Drive||Capability of supporting one drive|
|Integration and Applications||Extensive integration with other apps is available for consumer use||Same functions and features|
For now, Microsoft Teams is only available within the Microsoft Office 365. Here is a comparison of all Office 365 plans subscription. For further details of all subscription plans click here.
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