In Part 2 of our series, we gave you an idea of what you could do with Microsoft Planner and how it would help your organization collaborate. In this article, we are going to discuss Microsoft Teams. Teams is described as a “chat-based work space in Office 365.” There is some overlap between Planner and Teams in terms of functionality, and that can make things confusing. Here is the differentiation: Teams is centered around chat and a place that pulls the tools together for easier collaboration. Planner is centered around due dates and timelines.

Microsoft Teams provides a modern conversation experience for today’s teams. Microsoft Teams supports both persistent and threaded chats to keep everyone engaged. Team conversations are, by default, visible to the entire team. However, there is also the ability to have private discussions. Skype is deeply integrated so teams can participate in voice and video conferences.

Using Teams, you can easily use Word and PowerPoint. You can even import and integrate information from Planner. However, you are not limited by just Office 365 pieces. Teams can connect to other online services and pull that information in to the conversation as well. This means that if your development team needed to discuss the current code sprint, they could connect Teams to their GitHub and pour through code while discussing it through Teams.

We think this is a great tool for collaborating in the workplace. Take a couple minutes and watch this overview:

 

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