Teams: What is Microsoft Teams?


This article explains what Microsoft Teams is and how it can be used.

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Microsoft Teams is a chat-based workspace in Office 365 that makes it easy to have conversations, host meetings, share files and collaborate on documents, and get work done with teams across the organization. Microsoft Teams lets you work in a natural, conversational way -- with everything you need in one place -- available anytime, on any device.

Some of the features include:

  • Bring your team together as a group

  • Use interactive, persistent chat instead of email

  • Securely edit files at the same time

  • See likes, @mentions, and replies with just a single tap

  • Customize it by adding notes, web sites, gifs and apps

  • In the cloud so everyone can work together no matter where they are, Teams are made up of channels, which are the conversations you have with your team mates. Each channel is dedicated to a specific topic, department, or project.

A team is a group of people gathered to collaborate in your organization.

Teams and Channels

Channels are where the work actually gets done--where text, audio, and video conversations open to the whole team happen, where files are shared, and where apps are added.

While channel conversations are public, chats are just between you and someone else (or a group of people). Think of them like instant messages in Skype for Business or other messaging apps.


Learn more

Sign in to Microsoft Teams and take an Interactive Tour

View the Quick Start Guide

How to use Teams - Video

Explore Training Resources

Microsoft Teams Tips & Tricks

Need Additional Help?

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