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Introducing: Microsoft Teams

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Introducing: Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is a new chat-based workspace for Office 365 – the new hub for teamwork.  It brings together people, conversations, content, and the tools teams need to collaborate. Different teams have different needs, and Office 365 welcomes them all.

If your organization is an Office 365 customer, you can get chat-centered, secure collaboration with Microsoft Teams simply by having your IT activate the functionality on in the Office 365 admin center.

Considering Microsoft Teams? Here’s some benefits:

Chat for today’s Teams

Microsoft Teams provides a modern conversation experience for today’s teams. Microsoft Teams supports not only persistent but also threaded chats to keep everyone engaged. Team conversations are, by default, visible to the entire team, but there is of course the ability for private discussions. Skype is deeply integrated, so teams can participate in voice and video conferences. And everyone can add personality to their digital workspace with emojis, stickers, GIFs and custom memes to make it their own.

A Hub for teamwork

Microsoft Teams brings together the full breadth and depth of Office 365 to provide a true hub for teamwork. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint, OneNote, Planner, Power BI and Delve are all built into Microsoft Teams so people have all the information and tools they need at their fingertips. Backed by the Microsoft Graph, intelligent services are surfaced throughout the workspace to help with information relevancy, discovery and sharing.

Customize for each team

Since all teams are unique, Microsoft has invested deeply in ways for people to customize their workspace, with rich extensibility and open APIs available at general availability. For example, Tabs provides quick access to frequently used documents and cloud services. Microsoft Teams also shares the same Connector model as Exchange, providing notifications and updates from third-party services like Twitter or GitHub. Further, Microsoft is including full support for the Microsoft Bot Framework to bring intelligent first- and third-party services into your team environment.

Security teams trust

Microsoft Teams provides the advanced security and compliance capabilities that Office 365 customers expect. Data is encrypted in transit and at rest. Like all commercial services, Microsoft has a transparent operational model with no standing access to customer data. Microsoft Teams will support key compliance standards including EU Model Clauses, ISO 27001, SOC 2, HIPAA and more. And, as customers would expect, Microsoft Teams is served out of our hyper-scale global network of data centers, automatically provisioned within Office 365 and managed centrally, just as any other Office 365 service.

How does Microsoft Teams fit into the Microsoft Collaboration product scheme?

One size definitely does not fit all when it comes to collaboration. The context of what you’re doing and your preference for work style dictate the tool you use. The bottom line is that there’s no single tool or application that can single handedly solve for all of the collaboration needs inside an organization. That’s why Microsoft has built Office 365 to deliver a complete group collaboration solution that meets the needs of diverse teams.

Which Office 365 plans will include Microsoft Teams?

Microsoft Teams is available in most Office O365 commercial suites: Business Essentials, Business Premium, E1, E3, and E5. Microsoft Teams will also be available to customers who purchased E4 prior to its retirement.

To find out more about Microsoft Teams, or to speak to a First Distribution representative, email Microsoft.csp@firstdistribution.co.za