Introduction To Microsoft Teams

In this article, you will learn about Microsoft Teams.

Microsoft has introduced “Teams” as a Service in Office 365 suite. It is mixed with multiple tools to give complete integration tools for employees. Teams uses Office 365 group, Microsoft Graph, and Azure AD. Using teams, you can create a new team for internal as well as external users. When a new team is created in Teams, you will get the following.
  1. Office365 group
  2. SharePoint Online site with document library to store publicly access files
  3. Exchange Online shared mailbox & Calendar
  4. A OneNote notebook
Teams has a platform in the workspace for chat, meetings, notes, attachments. Currently the biggest competitor for teams is Slack, HeySpace, Wire, Winio, and ZohoConnect. A few of them are free for use and a few of them are paid versions. The most popular is Slack due to its simple to use nature.
 
Microsoft has tried to simplify the communication between employees and external users by using its own product of office suite tools and opened external connectors for all kinds of organizations who are using existing tools.
 

Difference between Microsoft Skype & Teams

 
Using teams along with Skype needs user-readiness, as it is disruptive for users.
 
Below are a few differences or limitations:
 
Skype
Teams
It is used as a chat application
It is used as a chat application
It is used for  calling & meeting purposes
It is used for calling & meeting purposes
It shows a user presence indicator
It shows a user presence indicator
It uses Skype for business clients
It uses Teams client
File transfer in private chats, or file attachment in group chats, from Teams to Skype for Business is not supported
File transfer in private chats, or file attachment in group chats, from Skype to Teams is not supported.
Screen Sharing with Teams is not supported
Screen sharing with Skype for business not supported.
Group chats are only supported for Skype users.
Group chat is only supported in Teams users.
  • Use of Teams in the organization: Teams is now becoming an Office productivity tool for every organization.

    1. Architecture

      Microsoft Teams

    2. Teams Licensing
      Teams comes with the below licenses for small, as well as, large organizations.
      • Business Essentials
      • Business Premium
      • Enterprise E1, E3, and E5
      • Developer
      • Education, Education Plus, and Education E5
  • Benefits

    1. We can store privately accessed files in a separate location in OneDrive.
    2. Integration of office365 apps: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote, Planner, Power-BI, etc.

      Microsoft Teams

    3. To customize & extend Teams – use of third-party apps through Apps, Bots, and Connectors
    4. Popular connectors available such as Yammer, Azure Repos, RSS, SharePoint News, Heroku, Salesforce, Forms, Asana, Bing News, and many others can be used with Teams.

      Microsoft Teams

      Microsoft Teams
  • Features offered by Teams

    1. Chat History maintenance
    2. Use of Office 365 groups
    3. Integration of MS Stream to store videos & meeting recordings
    4. Integration of SharePoint modern Team site & communication site
    5. Use of One drive for business
    6. Use of Yammer
    7. Use of Exchange Online