Microsoft Teams brings together the full breadth and depth of Office 365 to provide a true hub for teamwork. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint, OneNote, Planner, Power BI and Delve are all built into Microsoft Teams so people have all the information and tools they need at their fingertips. It is available for Office 365 Business Essentials, Business Premium, and the Enterprise E1, E3, and E5 plans.

It puts itself in a strong competitive position against Slack.

Mobile integration

Microsoft Teams is available for Android, IOS and Windows Phone as well. Giving you the opportunity to work with your team from anywhere, anytime and from any device. Never miss out on anything!

How to create teams?

As Microsoft Teams is built on top of Office 365 Groups, you have the ability to reuse existing Office 365 Groups. Click on ‘Create Team’ in the lower left of the screen and you are presented with the option to create your new team or pick one from existing Office365 Groups (if they are private and you are the admin). When a team is created from existing Groups, Teams will utilize the meta details of the Groups such as group description and group members which makes the team creation task more simple.

Channels

Channels keep team conversations organised. You can dedicate different channels in your team to different topics, projects or whatever you like.

To each channel you can add additional tabs and connectors.

Office 365 Connectors are a great way to get useful information and content into Microsoft Teams. Any user can connect their team to services like Trello, GitHub, Bing News, Twitter, etc., and get notified of the team’s activity in that service.
Office 365 Connectors also provide a way for developers to integrate with Microsoft Teams by building custom incoming webhooks Connectors.

Chat

Microsoft Teams provides a modern conversation experience for today’s teams. Microsoft Teams supports not only persistent but also threaded chats to keep everyone engaged. Team conversations are, by default, visible to the entire team, but there is of course the ability for private discussions. Skype is deeply integrated, so teams can participate in voice and video conferences. And everyone can add personality to their digital workspace with emojis, stickers, GIFs and custom memes to make it their own.

Meetings

Managing meetings has never been so easy as in Microsoft Teams. Meeting details are fetched from your Office 365 Calendar which lists all meetings (Skype, Microsoft Teams and Outlook). You can start or join Skype and Microsoft Teams meetings directly from this view.

When it comes to collaborating, Microsoft Teams is definitely worth a shot. Download it now to get started https://teams.microsoft.com/downloads.