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With decentralized working becoming more and more common, employees in a company no longer necessarily have to work all in the same place. They can also do their work from home or on the road on their smartphones. The only problem then is how to bring the individual results of the employees back together. Exchanging them via email is cumbersome, and talking to individuals on the phone may take too much time.
To solve this problem, Microsoft has developed the Microsoft Teams app, which is also part of Office 365. Teams is a chat app specifically aimed at work and project groups. At its core is simple communication with your colleagues. This works, for example, via text chat, via threads or also via video chat.
In addition to direct communication, you can also use Teams to distribute tasks and files and thus conveniently divide a large project into different areas. Using a drag-and-drop menu, the individual members from your address book can then be assigned to the respective teams. The teams work in separate chat rooms and can exchange messages and documents with each other.
The live feeds, which always run in parallel in the respective team channels, also provide a better overview. Using this timeline, you can very easily track whether a user has just posted a document, for example, or whether someone has left a comment on your previous messages.
Microsoft Teams also takes into account that not every workgroup uses the same tools as the other groups. For this reason, team members can set up their shared chat environments individually with extensions and bots. In this way, the individual departments can work in precise coordination with each other and then only have to merge their results again at the submission time.
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2020-02-10, Branda Klein
2020-08-10, Branda Klein