Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic remote working has been normalised. Millions of businesses across the world have quickly implemented remote working strategies and software, such as Microsoft Teams, to facilitate their digital transformation.
In this blog post we are going to discuss what Microsoft Teams is and how it can help your business. If you are already looking to implement Microsoft Teams imminently for your business please get in touch and we will get you up and running remotely in no time.
What Is Microsoft Teams?
Microsoft Teams is a chat-based collaboration platform complete with document sharing, online meetings, and many more extremely useful features for business communications.
Teams is cloud based, so it can be accessed anywhere in the world via the desktop or mobile application.
Launched in 2017 as a rival to collaboration platform Slack, Microsoft saw use of Teams rocket from 75 million daily active users to 145 million at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to stats released by Microsoft in April. Since its launch, Microsoft Teams, has become the fastest growing application in Microsoft’s history with over 330,000 businesses using it worldwide.
What Can Microsoft Teams Do?
Microsoft Teams is packed full of fantastic features, making it stand out from other collaboration software. Its most popular features are as follows:
- One-to-one chat (instant messaging)
- Group chat
- Video Meetings
- Screen Sharing
- Contact search
- Conversation Search
- File sharing
- Meeting scheduling
- Microsoft 365 integrations
- Access control
- Activity feed
- Channel-based working
- Message threads
- Audio conferencing
- Channel favoriting and following
- Multi-factor authentication
The Benefits Of Microsoft Teams
One of the key benefits of Microsoft Teams is its integration capabilities, which sets it apart from competitors such as Zoom. Teams is interconnected with Microsoft Office 365 and integrates chats, emails, meetings, calendars, notes and attachments, allowing businesses to collaborate effortlessly from anywhere.
You can also open your favorite Microsoft applications within Teams itself including PowerPoint, Word, and Excel as well as developer apps such as Microsoft Azure.
The best part is is every file you open, send or collaborate on is saved and secured on the chat or channel you shared it on.
Meeting & Scheduling Tools
No one enjoys scheduling meetings and so much time is lost in team collaborations when trying to sync calendars. Teams now makes this really easy with Outlook integration. You can now sync your existing appointments with other members of your team. Once the meeting is organised, you can discuss the meeting in a separate chat thread where you can upload files, make notes and discuss all agendas, all within Microsoft Teams.
Microsoft Teams provides a number of brilliant video conferencing features. It allows employees to host 1080p video calls with up to 250 members, which includes the capability to share screens and record calls.
Video calling is now an essential part of the modern workplace since staff are more frequently working remotely or from different office locations. Microsoft Teams allows employees to meet virtually, chat, brainstorm and collaborate on documents in real time.
Another fantastic benefit of Microsoft Teams for businesses is the constant connectivity it gives them. Staff can reply to customer communications and communicate on urgent business matters without having to send or receive emails. This cuts down on unnecessary threads and reduces the delay between team members who may not have access to their emails.
Another advantages of Microsoft Teams in the workplace is the consistent connectivity it provides. Employees can respond to client communications and correspond on urgent business matters without having to send or receive emails, cutting down on unnecessary threads and reducing the time lag between team members who may not have access to their emails.
Additionally, important documents, apps, meetings, notes and more are all accessible from within the Teams shared workspace. This provides a streamlined and simplified end user experience. Employees can easily reference a past conversation, grab a file, ask a quick question, and so much more from right within Teams.
Boost Digital Transformation
Businesses without a digital transformation plan have undoubtedly faced issues as remote working has become the norm, since the start of the pandemic. A brilliant way for businesses to start their digital transition is to invest in a digital workplace and proven collaboration tools such as Microsoft Teams.
Teams is a cloud based application, meaning data storage locations can be minimised and streamlined for improved accessibility and document availability. It also makes information and data sharing much easier for employees. Microsoft Teams’ powerful features allow employees to work faster and smarter by eliminating time consuming tasks.
Get Started With Microsoft Teams
Interested in Microsoft Teams for your business? Give us a call today on 0151 334 2543 to find out more. Alternatively, you can send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and a member of our team will get back to you as soon as possible. We provide Microsoft Teams in Wirral, Liverpool and Chester.