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Why did Microsoft build Teams? Email is great for many types of communications but when teams collaborate on projects, other features are very helpful. Teams incorporates features like teams chat, online meetings, and document sharing to provide a collaboration service for company projects, departments, or even for social purposes.
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What is Microsoft Teams and When to Use It?
Microsoft Teams is designed as a collaboration service. It arose out of the widespread recognition that e-mail, while very useful, is too limited to support close collaboration. When using email, you have to search your mailbox to find a thread and not all people on team may be included in all the conversations. This results in fragmented communications. A better solution is to have persistent chat available for any team member to view at any time. Also, document collaboration and team meetings are not easily managed via email.
When to use
Use Teams to support parts of the organization such as departments, business units, or projects such as working on a new product release or marketing campaign. You can also invite people outside of your organization to participate in a Team to help augment your project.
The main body of information related to Teams is hosted on the Microsoft site.
1. Do a Google search for "Microsoft Teams" and look at the first page of listings.
2. Browse to https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/microsoft-teams/group-chat-software and review the content.
3. Examine https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/microsoft-teams/compare-microsoft-teams-options and explore the differences.
Hints & tips
- Keep up to date with teams by following the Teams blog: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/microsoft-teams-blog/bg-p/MicrosoftTeamsBlog
- Find online community support at the Microsoft Tech Community: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/microsoft-teams/ct-p/MicrosoftTeams
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