Microsoft Teams: The Office 365 Chat

Microsoft Teams Office 365 Chat

If your organization is currently using Office 365 you already have access to Microsoft’s new Office 365 chat-based workspace, Microsoft Teams. As a central hub for teamwork, Microsoft Teams chat capabilities work natively within Office 365, and it can be easily customized to work with systems and processes unique to your organization. With its rich integration features, Microsoft Teams takes communication and collaboration to a whole new level.

Already using a collaboration chat like Slack? Check out our blog post discussing Microsoft Teams as a Slack competitor, or contact us online for more information on Microsoft Teams!


What is Microsoft Teams?

Microsoft Teams is an interactive chat-based workspace that strives to bring all the best features of disparate communication systems into one place. With Microsoft Teams, you can instant message, email, video conference and search files -- all while remaining confident that your interactions remain both secure and private. Some of the features of Microsoft Teams include:


A Modern Conversation Experience

Microsoft Teams Mobile

Microsoft Teams, the Office 365 chat, is designed with a modern user experience in mind. Microsoft Teams can be downloaded and accessed on both desktop and mobile devices, allowing for seamless communication, anywhere at anytime. Microsoft Teams collaboration messaging system enables users to create unique group, or “team” chats for threaded project discussions, as well as create private conversations. Within the chat, users can share emails, photos, video, and other types of files, ensuring everyone working together stays on the same page.


A Place for Teamwork

In Microsoft Teams you can create different chat channels for your teams based on your departments, topics or events. The workspace allows you to give your team instant access to all their content, people, tools and conversations in Office 365. You can easily access SharePoint, OneNote and Skype for Business and work on documents right in the chat workspace.

Microsoft Teams Collaboration

Multiple Integrations for Customizable Collaboration

Microsoft Teams Integrations

Microsoft Teams chat is heavily integrated with all Office 365 products, including SharePoint, OneNote, Planner, and Power BI. It’s also integrated with Skype to allow for voice and video meetings. However, Microsoft Teams integrations don’t stop with Microsoft products. We’re also able set up custom integrations with third-party sources including, but not limited to:

  • Twitter
  • Wrike
  • Hootsuite
  • Smartsheet
  • Asana
  • Polly.ai
  • Meekan
  • Sapho
  • Zendesk
  • Visual Studio
  • GitHub
  • Trello
  • Intercom

Trusted Security Features

Microsoft Teams is backed by Microsoft’s trusted enterprise security and compliance features. Much like OneDrive for Business and SharePoint Online, Microsoft does not have access to your uploaded content on Teams. Data is encrypted at all times, and with Teams, you can enable a multi-factor authentication process to maintain data integrity and increase identity protection. Detailed information on Microsoft security and compliance can be found at the Office 365 Trust Center.

Microsoft Teams Integrations

Need help with custom Microsoft Teams integrations? Contact a Teams consultant online today, or give us a call at 240-406-9960.

Get Help with Microsoft Teams Collaboration

If you currently have Office 365, you already have access to Microsoft Teams. Whether you’re looking to implement Teams for the first time, or explore custom integrations with third party applications, Withums' Office 365 consultants can help. We have decades of experience working with various Microsoft Platforms and are fully confident we can transform the way your organization communicates through Microsoft Teams collaboration.

Empower your employees to share information and resources, and watch as the quality of your outputs increases, while turnaround time on projects shrinks. Give us a call at 240-406-9960, or contact us online, and we’ll connect you with an Office 365 and Microsoft Teams consultant to help you get started today.

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