Microsoft Teams: the ultimate collaboration tool

Microsoft Teams has been invaluable for our office staff and homeworkers. The ease with which we can collaborate without physically being in the office together is a revelation. In our blog, we discuss why Teams might be the ultimate business collaboration tool.

The expectations of technology today are far away from the expectations of the recent past. Since mobiles became smart, we have seamlessly communicated with friends and the world. These portable internet-ready devices mean we can access a wealth of information. At the touch of a button, we create documents, check our bank balance, pay bills and play games. This new technology means that we have become used to the quick and convenient way we now organise our lives. Microsoft Teams brings a new way to take the convenience we enjoy in our online lives into the office and anywhere we happen to work.

Imagine an app that brought together all your business’ communicative requirements

Microsoft’s answer to unified communication is just one application that combines instant messaging, video meetings and file storage with application integration. There are currently over 170 applications with the ability to integrate with Teams. And this list is growing, which means that the possibilities of what it can do now, and the potential of what it will be able to do in the future, are endless. It is a productivity tool for the future, designed to streamline collaboration and communication within the office.

If the possibility that Microsoft Teams could even replace your business’ telephony system seems a bit far-fetched, then you might be mistaken. SoConnect recently implemented Microsoft Teams with related Office 365 call plan applications to deliver a telephony solution to a multinational company of over 200 employees. This solution meant that the company no longer had to rely on hardware and telephony subscriptions to make calls. All communication became integrated, with even freelance staff able to use mobile devices to make and receive calls across the platform.

This is just one of the many ways that Microsoft Teams can positively impact your business. Below we summarise the main benefits of using Microsoft Teams:

Fully customisable

Create spaces for collaboration between your team members, add the apps that work for your business and environment. Tailor notifications so no one misses essential activity and information. Also, the wealth of add-ons and apps available for integration, as mentioned above, gives a wide range of possibilities that can make your Teams genuinely unique to your business.

Streamline your communications

With all of your Teams related communication in one place, you can eliminate the need for several messaging apps, such as Outlook, IM and WhatsApp. Moving your entire phone system to Microsoft Teams becomes a streamlined communications tool on an entirely new level. While saving your company time and money in the process!

Communicate more freely

An abundance of email messages can make employees reluctant to send continuous updates. With Microsoft Teams, you don’t have to worry about overflowing with people’s inboxes. Information can be posted and found within the application and tailored to be only available to those who require it.

Increase visibility and transparency

By setting up company-wide team sites, you can post relevant information and announcements to the team as a whole. This allows your employees to be up-to-speed with company information and communication without sifting through endless email trails. You can also easily view and join ongoing meetings in your channel for more specific information sharing.

Easily access group chats and chat history.

When using Skype for Business, you have to switch between Outlook and Skype for Business to access your chat history. Using Microsoft Teams, you have your group chats and chat history all in one place.

Our knowledgeable consultants can guide you through the process. They make it easy to upgrade from Skype for Business Online to Microsoft Teams – to save your business time, effort and money.

To learn more about Microsoft Teams, call our team on 0333 240 1824 or email us at sales@soconnect.co.uk.

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