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  • Writer's pictureBen Dampney

Microsoft Teams: Work remotely, without feeling remote

As you can imagine, we've seen an uptake in clients installing and using Microsoft Teams to connect and collaborate while working from home.

"Microsoft has seen a new daily record of 2.7 billion meeting minutes in one day, a 200 percent increase from 900 million on March 16." Source: Remote work trend report

What is Microsoft Teams?

If you’re not using it already, Microsoft Teams is a software solution that enables SMBs to perform many essential business tasks including messaging, conference calls and document collaboration, while working remotely.

The Microsoft Office apps are built right into Teams, so you can use and share the files you create in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook without leaving the tool. Teams also enables you to add other popular apps including Zoom, Evernote, Lucidchart, InCare and Asana.

This short Welcome to Microsoft Teams video runs through the key features of the app:

  • Teams – Create or join 'Teams' where you can hold on-the-spot meetings, have conversations, and share files.

  • Meetings - See everything you’ve got lined up for the day or week. Or, schedule a meeting. This calendar syncs with your Outlook calendar.

  • Calls - In some cases, if your organization has it set up, you can call anyone from Teams, even if they’re not using Teams.

  • Activity - Catch up on all your unread messages, @mentions, replies, and more.

How do I get Teams and how much does it cost?

Teams is a part of Office 365. Given this, if your organization is licensed for Office 365, you already have it and you can start using it today. If you do not currently have licenses that include Microsoft Teams (such as Exchange Online or Office 365 Business), please contact us for a quote. Microsoft is currently offering some good incentives for this product including a free six-month Teams trial to eligible customers.

Teams Quick Start Guide ... five pages is all you need!

If you’re new to Microsoft Teams, this Quick Start Guide is a great way to learn the basics and get the most out of key features including: how to sign in, start a conversation, make video calls, reply to a post, work with files and add apps.

Join a meeting in Teams

Learning how to join a meeting is another essential skill, if you're using the product. This video shows you how to join a Microsoft Teams meeting from your calendar, via dial-in number and conference ID, or sign in as a guest on the web:

Become a Teams expert

Microsoft is rolling out some great training videos for Microsoft Teams. Most of these videos are less than one minute, so you can become an expert in Teams in no time at all …

Need more help?

As always, we are here to help!

Please let us know if you'd like a demo of Microsoft Teams, or if you need help installing the product or training staff to get the most out of this collaboration tool.

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