[updated October 15, 2020] Microsoft Teams is a unified communication and collaboration platform that combines persistent workplace chat, video meetings, file storage (including collaboration on files), and application integration. Teams are made up of channels. Each channel is typically built around a faculty/department name or topic. Channels are where you hold meetings, have conversations, and work on files together.
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Go to Sheridan's AppsAnywhere page to download and install the MS Teams desktop app.
[October 15, 2020] The following features are slated to be coming to MS Teams within the next 30 days.
The Tasks app in MS Teams brings together your individual tasks from To Do and Outlook with your team tasks from Planner so you can more efficiently cross them off your lists. More details are available from Microsoft’s Teams support pages via the links below:
Suggested Replies functionality offers an option of three different responses for a user to choose from for select messages. Users can quickly reply to a given message by tapping on one of the suggested replies.
Improvements have been made to the browser-based meetings experience for those who join meetings with the Safari browser. Users can now use their device to speak and listen and will no longer be required to dial into the meeting for audio. As was the case previously, participants can still view meeting content being shared in the browser.
Once enabled, only the organizer will be able to join the meeting directly. Everyone else, including people from within the same organization, will be sent to the lobby. Learn more
Multi-window experiences have come to Teams meetings and calling. Users now have the ability to pop out meetings and calls into separate windows to help them optimize their workflow. Learn more
To make collaborating on Visio diagrams within Teams an even better experience, Visio as a tab helps you easily access and manage the Visio files you need or interact with the most, allowing team members to access services and content in a dedicated space within a channel or a chat. Learn more
To help customers meet rapidly changing communication and meeting needs, Microsoft has increased the maximum number of participants allowed in a Teams meeting from 250 to 300. Learn more
Find information faster with contextual search in Microsoft Teams. Users now have the ability to search for content in a specific channel or chat by pressing CTRL + F. Search results will only contain messages and files found in the selected chat or channel.
You Teams profile picture appears at top-right corner of the Teams app is also shared throughout all Office 365 services like Outlook, OneDrive, and SharePoint Online. Users now have the ability to upload a profile picture directly from Teams, among the other methods noted previously. Learn more about adding a profile image
This new feature allows muted meeting attendees to indicate that they wish to speak by toggling the hand icon in the meeting control bar. When a meeting participant has raised their hand, an icon will appear next to their name in the roster view as well as their profile picture or video on the main meeting stage.
This new experience is optimized for attendees who have enabled video; audio-only participants are listed below the meeting stage. The new layout logic considers user bandwidth to provide the highest quality audio/video experience for your meetings.
Guest access allows teams in Sheridan to collaborate with people outside of the organization by granting them access to existing teams and channels in Teams. Anyone with a business or consumer email account, such as Outlook, Gmail, or others, can participate as a guest in Teams with full access to team chats, meetings, and files. Learn more
Turn on the new meeting features in your Teams desktop app for an improved user experience. Enjoy focused pop-out windows for calls and meetings, new meeting controls, and other cool features. Learn more
This definitive guide covers some everyday etiquette and best practices for using MS Teams to help keep things clean, organized, and productive (yet still fun and enjoyable). Learn more
With common features such as file sharing, chat, and planning connectors, many users wonder when they should use Teams Group Chat versus Team Collaboration. This AvePoint blog article will go over both and offers reasons when each should be used. Learn more
Here's some handy tips for using Teams. The links below will direct you to resources from Microsoft.
If you want to send an email to a channel in Teams, use the channel email address. Once an email is part of a channel, anyone can reply to it to start a conversation. Learn more
This is the who, what, where, and shh! of notification settings in Microsoft Teams. Visit Manage notifications in Teams for more details about how to adjust your notification settings. Learn more
Microsoft has implemented a way to further individualize your channel names in Microsoft Teams by adding images in the form of emoji icons to the name. Learn more
Do you often wonder if your teammates saw your message in Teams? Read receipts in private chats allow senders to know when a message was read by the recipients. Learn more
A meeting organizer may want to change the default participant settings for a specific meeting. Organizers can make these changes on the Meeting Options web page. Learn more
* Note: changing meetings options is browser-based and not currently available for Safari. You can use Google Chrome, Firefox, or MS Edge.
Stay connected with channels in Microsoft Teams. Channels in Teams are where team conversations and collaboration happen, and this tutorial will give you some tips on how to use them.
You can sync your SharePoint or Teams files to a folder on your computer where you can work directly in File Explorer and access the files even when you're offline. Whenever you're online, any changes that you or others make will sync automatically. Learn more
Do you have information or an announcement that needs to be shared across multiple teams and channels? Learn how to post messages to multiple channels at once. Learn more
You can instantly pop out your one-on-one or group chat into a separate window. and then, resize, reposition, or close the window as you wish. It’s a great way to get a lot done when you’re in a meeting or in a call. FYI: You can pop out multiple conversations, but not the same chat twice. Learn more
Visit the links below for more details about using Teams.
Microsoft is offering a few different instructor-led online courses that you can register to attend. Demand is high, so be sure to book your training session early.
Several video tutorials regarding MS Teams are available from LinkedIn Learning. Follow the instructions below to access the courses:
Join the Microsoft Teams Community
With over 200 members (and growing) Sheridan’s MS Team’s community is a place to learn, share ideas, and ask questions about the Teams service. We’d love to have you as a member of our Teams community.