Microsoft Teams Workspaces is being called the Slack Replacement, Slack Killer… basically a better slack. But is this true? Can Microsoft compete with the cool social working platform that millennials love – or the wanna be millennials. Slack makes engagement around work a lot less “Oh my goodness another email” and more “hmm let’s see what the team is working on.” Can Microsoft adjust or is Microsoft going to blow them out of the water?

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I’m a little biased because I love Microsoft Office 365. I mean LOVE. I am addicted to everything Office 365 – from Office 365 Groups to OneNote to Microsoft Planner. Having everything you need in one area and being able to collaborate on documents, notes and project files from your desktop at the same time is genius. Then there’s Yammer, Yammer is the Facebook of the business world. The truth is, millennials are heading into the corporate space with innovative ideas. Adding social collaboration features to normally mundane, boarding day to day activities makes it easier to keep great talent. Microsoft got it right with teams. Everything in one place. Take Office 365 Groups add Yammer and top it off with a little Skype for Business and there you go… Productive Collaboration.
Microsoft Teams also includes a desktop client for Windows and Mac (imagine that) and mobile apps. Let’s not forget the oh so important emojis, gifs, and stickers. Don’t worry, admins can turn these features off.

Getting Started
1. Enable Teams (you must be an admin)
2. Create a Team Workspace
3. Create Channel(s)
4. Invite Members
5. Be Productive!
Enable Microsoft Teams
To enable Microsoft Teams
1. From the Admin console, select Settings – Services and Add-Ins
2. Click On – Save.

Create a Team
1. Login in at (or select the tile from Office 365)
2. Create by topic, group, department, region, office, etc.
Create a Channel
The initial team workspace includes a General channel
• Add channel
• Name
• Description
• Click Add
Add Members
Crete your team by distribution list

Terminology for Microsoft Office Teams

Workspace with a group of people working towards a common goal
Help organize your messages within a team workspace by grouping them into channels. This can be by topic, event, project, presentation, etc. -Favorite the channel to follow.
SharePoint Files feature. You can save files directly from OneDrive. Each file moves from Office 365 to SharePoint Team Site
OneNote feature (I love OneNote it is the best thing Microsoft ever created)
Calendar –
WITH RICH TEXT (Umm can we say Yammer on steroids)
Task management more features than Outlook tasks but less than Microsoft Project (lol got it?)
Power BI
Yes, Power BI is now wrapped into Workspaces. Great for reporting. If you’re not a tech data analyst or nerd who loves numbers – don’t worry about this. It’s just there to make sure we’re sticking to the business!
Meet Now
AKA Skype online – Anyone in the group can see and join the meeting or see who is in the meeting without joining. Start video conversation based on a current online conversation or start a new one. The Chat history will be saved in your workspace. Everyone in the group can see the chat history.
Chats can be started individually or with people in the group. You can chat around documents or even in your video/meeting. Chats can also be archived for eDiscovery.

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Video Transcript
– Hey, Socially Nina here. Don’t forget to like and subscribe so you’ll be notified anytime I post a new video. Microsoft has finally released Microsoft Teams. Microsoft Teams gives us the chance to have a workspace of, it’s kind of like a combination of Office 365 groups, Yammer, Skype, and all the documents you want, all in one place. Or, as other people are calling it, “The Slack Killer.” So, I love Microsoft. I love what they’re doing. I’m gonna take you through simply how to enable Microsoft Teams for your company. After I get mine all set up, I’ll come back and do a tutorial on how you use each feature. So before you get started, you are going to need to make sure that you turn on or enable Microsoft Teams. I’ve logged on to my Office 365, I go into, and signing in with my credentials. Notice all my apps are here and I do not see Teams. I do see the new Bookings feature, which I do have a video on that, and I’ll link that below. But what we wanna look at is Microsoft Teams. So I’m gonna show you how to turn that on. You do have to be in Admin. I’m gonna go to the Admin console. And this is considered an Add-In. So I’m gonna go down to the settings. And I’m going to go to Services and Add-ins. Notice all your Add-ins are here. And what we like here is Microsoft Teams. Okay. I’m gonna go ahead and turn that on. And it gives you a couple of features here. I’m going to turn all features on by default. So we can ahead and take a first look at the application. As I use it more and get more into it, we’ll look at– and I’m gonna enable bots– I’ll look at some of these features and decide which ones we should leave on and exactly which ones are useful. Okay. I’m gonna save. And you’ll notice that it’s not instantly available, so I am gonna give it some time to propagate. And we’ll come back once it shows up on my list of online applications. So excited about this! Hope you enjoyed that video, and if you did, show me some love! Give me a like. Go ahead and share it, or most importantly, subscribe so you can get my next videos that come out. Make sure that you leave comments below that actually tell me what you think of this video. If you have questions, if anything was missing– oopsie– or if you just have your own questions. Again, leave them below. Like, then subscribe.

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