Microsoft Teams is designed with IT in mind, making it easy to manage teamwork, meetings, phone calls, and applications all in one place.
In Microsoft Teams, teams can be created to which people inside or outside the company can be invited. One or more channels are available in a team. Each channel consists of tabs. By default, there are Contributions and Files tabs. The location for files in the Files tab is the organization's SharePoint Online. Other tabs of different purposes can be added. A team can contain up to 200 channels. Deleted channels are also counted to this limit.
Within a team, selected members can set up channels. Channels are conversation topics that allow team members to communicate without using email or group SMS. Members can also reply to posts with images, GIFs, and custom memes in addition to traditional text messages. The use of GIFs as well as memes can be restricted or disabled by administrators as well as team owners.
Direct messages allow members to send private messages to one or more people. Likewise, users can converse with bots. Direct messaging is useful when a message is not relevant to all members of a channel or team or is particularly confidential.
Connectors are third-party services that can send information to the channel. Some connectors include MailChimp, Facebook Pages, Twitter, and Bing News.
MS Teams supports conferencing on the public switched telephone network, which allows users to call numbers from the client or dial into conference calls from a Microsoft-provided number using the conference ID.
Meetings can be scheduled or created ad-hoc. Members of the channel can see that a meeting is in progress as well as participate in it. MS Teams also has a plugin for Microsoft Outlook to invite others to a team meeting. Meetings can be recorded and later made available to other users on Microsoft Stream.
Teams for Education allows administrators and teachers to create special teams for classes, professional learning communities, or staff.
Teachers are able to provide feedback and assess student assignments assigned through Teams through a special tab available to Office 365 for Education subscribers. Tasks can also be assigned to students or learners through Office Forms integration.
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Skype , which you use at home, is great for small businesses with up to 20 employees. It's free to use, unless you want to buy credit to make calls to landlines and mobiles.
Microsoft Teams lets you host audio, video and web conferences with anyone inside or outside your organization. Teams of 10 or 10,000 can meet in one place, no matter how many locations you have. You can easily share files, participate in one-on-one and group chats, and more - all with enterprise-grade security. You can also use Skype to participate in one-on-one chats and calls with Microsoft Teams users.
Skype for Business lets you add up to 250 people to online meetings, provides enterprise-grade security, lets you manage employee accounts, and integrates with your Office apps. Microsoft Teams replaces Skype for Business.