Unlocking the full power of Microsoft Teams

Many of us think of Microsoft Teams as solely a chat app or a place to make and receive video calls. However, it’s so much more than that. It has a long list of integration options and has the ability to work seamlessly with nearly any other Office app. Given its potential, Teams is a top choice for all businesses. 

Over the past 6 – 12 months, Teams has seen a few notable changes. You can  muffle background noises, virtually raise your hand in a conference call to get the host’s attention and schedule appointments in combination with an integrated calendar. 

In addition, updates have also arrived providing features that are fairly common in other team messaging apps, such as tags, the ability to edit a message after posting it and the ability to pin channels you want to see at the top of your sidebar. 

Teams has started to develop quicker than other messaging apps. It has enhanced its integrated video conferencing service, called Meetings. You can now designate a host prior to holding a meeting. Attendees can choose the video feed they want to see and pin it to their view. It works for multiple speakers at a time. So, if you join a large group meeting and you want to keep eyes on your team lead and your manager, you can. 

Other recent changes include the integration of Microsoft Whiteboard to Teams; the ability to write one message and then post it to multiple channels and the option to make private or invite-only group channels. 

Teams can integrate with a long list of other apps and services, offering excellent integration with other Microsoft apps. With Office apps, Teams supports integrated real-time content creation with Office Online/Desktop Apps.  

3rd party applications can also be integrated with Teams. For example, you can connect it to Twitter, you can choose which accounts and hashtags you want to follow, as well as how often you’d like to see a summary of activity. When there’s activity on the accounts or for the hashtags, it appears in your Conversations feed.  

With other apps, such as those by Microsoft, you can pull them into your interface as a new tab. I connected to my Microsoft OneNote account, for example, and created a tab for a notebook. Clicking that tab reveals essentially my OneNote web account with the Teams interface wrapped around it. It’s completely interactive as if I had OneNote open in a browser tab. 

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