This article is for you, if you tried Microsoft Teams back when it first came out, and you didn’t like it. Maybe you’re hearing a whole lot of businesses wax lyrical about how great it is, and how they wouldn’t be without it now – especially for remote working. Have you been left wondering whether you missed something, or whether everyone else is just wrong?
What if we told you that you didn’t miss anything, but that it really is worth giving Teams another chance.
It’s not just about video calling
If you just want something to use solely for video calls, use Zoom. Microsoft Teams is so much more than being able to talk to your colleagues face-to-face, even while working remotely. It’s more about giving your team everything they need right at their fingertips, so that they can get on with what they do best without wasting time searching for documents, waiting for quick queries to be answered via email, or downloading and reuploading documents which are being worked on collaboratively.
#1 Seamless integration with Office 365
This is a big deal for collaborative working. With the truly seamless integration, your team can be working on Word, Excel, or PowerPoint documents together, right from within Teams. That’s right. You can even book meetings via chat, without needing to leave to find your Outlook calendar.
#2 Meetings are no longer a palaver
When a host creates a meeting, the chat can start instantly. That means that not only can attendees discuss the agenda if appropriate, it’s also possible to distribute documents and keep them in one place for attendees to review before the meeting. After a meeting has taken place, the recording will take its place, and it will still be right there alongside all the relevant documents and chat for you to access as and when you need to – perfect if someone can’t make it. And the next time you have a follow-up? You won’t need to go hunting through hundreds of email to refresh your memory on what you spoke about.
#3 There’s an app for that
If your work means being away from a desk, then you can take Teams with you – so you won’t miss anything important. You can join meetings, share files, chat with team mates, and work on documents all from within the Teams phone app. Perfect if you need to ask someone a quick question while you’re on the go.
It’s certainly improved a lot since you last tried it, and we can honestly recommend giving it another go, so you don’t miss out on what is one of the best collaborative working tools on the market.