3 hidden benefits of Microsoft Teams platform
Microsoft Teams platform has become an irreplaceable tool in today’s diverse and mobile work environment since it was launched in 2017. Learn about 3 ways Microsoft Teams has benefited over half a million businesses around the world.
Since Microsoft released its Teams application in 2017, the platform was adopted by more than 500,000 organizations and by 91 out of Fortune 100 Companies. It is available in 181 countries worldwide and in 53 languages. This chat hub has proven to be more than just a communication channel but is a ‘must have’ for any businesses looking to create a modern workspace and to stay competitive in an ever-changing world.
Here we breakdown 3 add-on benefits of Microsoft Teams, the unsung hero of Office 365 Business solutions.
1. Reduces Business Travel Expenses
In the new globalized economy, it can become quite costly for businesses to manage ongoing travels for business meetings when their team members and suppliers are dispersed in multiple locations. The truth is, the majority of such meetings can easily be replaced with video calls instead of face-to-face meetings. Microsoft Teams can accommodate both one-to-one and large group conference video calls, hosting up to 250 people. This is also helpful to organizations with remote and work from home policies.
2. Reduce Overflow of Emails and Improve Efficiency
Let’s be honest here. Overflow of emails is one of the most common issues in the business environment. According to Radicati, in 2018 there were about 124.5 billion business emails sent and received daily worldwide. Studies have also shown a reduction in job satisfaction and an increase in stress associated with email overload. Many businesses are looking for ways to improve internal email communication processes and Microsoft Teams has already proven to be an irreplaceable solution tool to this problem.
The chat feature allows you to move conversations that require quick responses like planning schedules, daily tasks or short project updates away from your Outlook inbox. Features like private chat channels ensure the communication is directed to the relevant audience, reducing CC, BCC and REPLY ALL emails. As a result, this leads to a reduction of time spent on emails and an overall increased work efficiency.
3. Real-time Collaboration
As your team works together on the same project files, it can be so easy to misplace the latest version or simply work on the incorrect one. Within Teams, colleagues can view, edit, share files including Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint and track who made the latest changes.
During Teams video conferences and meetings, parties can easily share live presentations through screen share. But the perks don’t stop here. Audio and video call can be recorded and stored replacing traditional meeting minutes which, if we’re being honest, often miss out on a lot of details. Through the whiteboard feature, participants can collaborate and brainstorm on the digital whiteboard. All of this information is backed up to the cloud in real-time.
Another highlight of Teams platform is the Federation feature. The external connectivity that generates a trusted link for guest access to full chat services. This allows the same level of collaboration with external organizations.
Modernization and globalization of the work environment demands businesses to look for better and more efficient ways for interoffice and cross-organizational communication. Microsoft Teams platform used by over half a million companies worldwide has already proven to be an irreplaceable tool in daily work life helping to create more collaborative and productive culture.
Below we have listed all Microsoft Teams features included in the Office 365 Business Premium.
|PRODUCT FEATURE||OFFICE 365 BUSINESS PREMIUM|
|Chat and collaboration|
|Includes Microsoft Teams||Included|
|Maximum number of users||Included|
|Unlimited chat messages and search in Teams||Included|
|Guest access to Teams||Included|
|File attachments in chat||Included*|
|File sharing within teams and channels||Included*|
|Collaboration on Office documents in Teams||Included|
|250+ integrated apps and services for Teams||Included|
|Tools for Firstline Workers to plan schedules, manage tasks, and connect||Included|
|Productivity apps and services|
|Web versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint||Included|
|Exchange email hosting with custom email domain address||Included|
|Personal file storage and sharing with OneDrive||Included*|
|Additional Office 365 services including SharePoint Online, Yammer, Planner, and Stream||Included|
|Desktop versions of Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Publisher||Included*|
|Business apps including Bookings, Invoicing, MileIQ||Included|
|Meetings and calling|
|Online audio and video calls||Included|
|Host online and video conferencing meetings for up to 250 people4 and online events for up to 10,000||Included*|
|Security and compliance|
|Microsoft Teams data encryption at rest and in transit||Included|
|Single sign-on to all Office 365 apps and services||Included|
|Enforced multi-factor authentication||Included|
|Advanced auditing and reporting||Included|
|Administration tools for managing users and apps||Included|
|Usage reporting for Office 365 services||Included|
|Configurable user settings and policies||Included|
|99.9% financially backed uptime guarantee||Included|
|Phone and web support around the clock||Included|
* Conditions may apply. Some of the above features may not be included in other subscription levels.