How to use Microsoft Teams when working from home
Teams is the fastest growing app from Microsoft, with 75 million daily active users.
As the coronavirus pandemic has forced businesses to operate remotely, it has boosted the demand for Microsoft’s products that enable communication and collaboration.
Microsoft has been adding new features to Teams in recent weeks amid all this growth, as it steps up its push to beat competitors in the market like Slack and Zoom.
So, what is Teams and what does it do?
It’s not just video conferencing like Zoom. Here are some of the key features:
- Instant messaging
Reduce email clutter by starting a conversation in Teams. Instant message one-to-one or with a group, hop on a video call, or share a screen for fast-paced decision making. It’s like your own secure WhatsApp / Messenger.
Meet with teams of 10 or 10,000. Host audio, video, and web conferences with anyone inside or outside your organisation or go big with live events.
Teams makes it easy to share files and work on them together in real-time. Everyone can work on the same Microsoft Office document at the same time; no more conflicting versions of files being sent back and forth by email.
- Mobile apps
Teams works on all devices – download the apps to take your conversations and files with you anywhere.
How do I get Teams?
If you have a Microsoft 365 subscription, it comes as part of the Office suite, so you already have it! Simply go to https://teams.microsoft.com or continue reading below on how to get started.
Don’t have Microsoft 365? For a limited time only, we can offer you a 6-month free trial of Microsoft 365 including Teams!
Teams Tips & Tricks
We know that learning how to use new software can be daunting, so we have put together a number of resources below, to help you get stuck right in.
Getting started with Teams
Download the Teams apps
To download the Teams app on your device (PC / Mac / Phone / Tablet etc) go to the following link – https://teams.microsoft.com/download
Each user needs to sign in with their work email address and Microsoft 365 password.
Tech training company Bigger Brains have released a mini-course on Microsoft Teams, Teams Essentials, for free on YouTube. Through five short lessons this course covers the basics of Microsoft Teams, including best practices for how to use Team’s features effectively.
Here’s Part 1: Microsoft Teams Essentials: 01 – Teams and Channels
Ready to learn more? The rest of this video series is linked below.
Need more help?
As a Microsoft Partner, we can help you with the whole Microsoft 365 suite of apps including setting up and managing your account. We use Teams ourselves in-house so we are very familiar with it.