Thanks to the internet and technology, there are many ways to connect these disparate workers:
- Online file transfer
- Online chat
- Voice and video calling
- Voice and video conferencing
- Online presentation services
- Shared document storage
All of these options have spawned various online offerings such as Skype, Slack, Zoom, Dropbox, WebEx and others. Each can handle a piece of the collaborative effort. But they fall short of what’s needed to allow workers to collaborate efficiently: the ability to collaborate effortlessly, over any channel, using whatever tool is most appropriate to the job at hand.
Microsoft Teams has quickly emerged and is currently used by the more than a half million companies worldwide. In addition to merging collaboration tools on a single platform, it is also tightly integrated with Microsoft Office, the world’s most-used productivity software and the applications that workers already are familiar with and use every day.
Microsoft Teams: Example Scenarios
Still sitting on the fence about moving to Teams? Consider the following scenarios:
Turning chat sessions into working sessions
While colleagues are engaged with each other using chat, one mentions a file they need to work on. It’s easy to attach it within the chat, open it within the Office application, and initiate a voice or video call to discuss the file or schedule a meeting. All without having to switch between applications, because all are available without leaving the chat.
With discrete collaboration tools, the agenda might be in one email, meeting pre-read in another email, and the post-meeting action items in yet a third. With Microsoft Teams, the meeting and all pre- and post-items are in the same place. As soon the meeting is created, collaborators are chatting about the agenda and sharing essential files. As the meeting proceeds, it’s easy to keep track of the meeting notes and actions and save them along with the meeting — including a complete recording of the entire proceedings.