6 Reasons to love Microsoft Teams and Office365

Real-time collaboration can make your team more efficient, productive, and collaborative. Microsoft Teams offers a new level in collaboration for Office 365 users, especially remote employees.
We discuss six reasons why you should love the integration between Teams and Office 365, and what it all means to you as a SysAdmin.
1. Collaboration and productivity are enhanced by teams
It is obvious that any real-time collaboration tool must make teamwork easier and increase productivity. Not all tools are created equally. Past tools have faced many challenges, including slow or inefficient chat clients, missing features and limited integrations.
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Start trainingMicrosoft teams, on the other hand, is a well-designed solution that aims to increase collaboration and productivity within businesses using Office 365. Microsoft describes Teams as “a digital translation to an open office space” Teams allows users to communicate with each other in a shared room or across different locations. It also allows for more collaboration and integration of files. Productivity levels are rising.
2. Office 365 seamlessly integrates Teams.
Microsoft Teams is built on top Office 365 (specifically Office 365 Groups), and is therefore easy to activate at the tenant-level once you have the proper licensing. You create teams by creating a fully functional group that includes a SharePoint site, mailbox, OneNote notebook, and associated SharePoint site. Teams can be integrated with Exchange and Skype so that emails and calls can easily be made within the app. SharePoint is used for storage in the Files tab of every team. Additional tabs can be added to include collaboration spaces such as shared Excel notebooks, Word documents and calendars.
Essentially, once a user has joined Teams, they can use all the Office 365 functionality without ever leaving.
3. Teams can seamlessly connect with third-party software.
Slack and other collaboration tools are well-known for their integration with third party applications. Microsoft has not slowed down in this area. This area is also covered by Microsoft. App functionality can be added to Zendesk, Asana, HootSuite, and more than 150 other applications.
These plugins and third-party apps can be easily disabled or enabled by team owners. You can also create your own. This brings us to…
4. Teams includes helpful bots and other useful features.
Bots and automation are now part of real-time chat and collaboration tools. Bots can send notifications, provide command-line interfaces, or use natural language processing capabilities of the Microsoft Bot Framework to allow users direct chat. T-Bot is a bot that allows you to query for information about Teams. Statsbots can also be used to report and retrieve data from external sources. Polly can be used for polling.
Teams offers more than bots. It includes a variety of useful features like custom alerts and inline replies.
5. It is simple to manage teams.
As we mentioned, Teams is activated at the tenants level. It’s easy to manage from the Office 365 admin centre. PowerShell can be used for assigning and removing user licenses. Teams admins can create and manage teams, and can control who can do the same. The expected admin functions include the ability to enable or disable external apps, choose integrated cloud storage providers, and control the availability of media content.
Overall, Microsoft Teams’ admin experience has improved to be comparable to Office 365. This makes it easier to meet business requirements and expectations.
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