Seamless teamwork is the core concept underlying the development of the newest upgrade to Office 365, Microsoft Teams. It creates an environment in which all the tools teams need to work with are readily available, instinctively easy to access, and the connections between various applications are seamlessly woven into the interface. No lines or barriers between different layers or segments. No separation. No disruption. No moving from place to place or app to app to get things done. A unified way of working.
Better yet, a unified way of working together. No obstacles between members of the same group. And no interruptions due to variances in the knowledge or skills of the participants because it has been made so easy to collaborate and get work done.
Those who have worked with Microsoft technologies for any length of time are familiar with the intuitive interfaces, the remarkable breadth of functionality and the relative ease of integrating content produced by one application into another. At its introduction decades ago, cut and paste was so logical, so easy to understand and use and so highly functional in combining the capabilities of the multiple applications in the suite.
Today, everything must happen far faster. Knowledge workers are constantly multi-tasking, driven by interruptions that must be responded to. Even while working on a given project they must effortlessly and instantly slide over to schedule requested meetings, answer questions, find answers on the world-wide web. Their world is constantly in motion and so are they.
Now multiply this by the number of people working together in teams. Each person needs powerful tools joined together in one seamless interface so they can move from activity to activity without leaving the working environment they’re currently in. This is the extension of the original ‘desktop metaphor’ to the extreme where everyone’s desk is joined together through the cloud and everyone has constant, seamless access to everything they need at any given moment to get stuff done.
Interacting with Individuals and Information
Since Microsoft Teams is “chat-based”, all users find themselves constantly in a chat environment where they can discuss issues with other team members referring to information and content that is surfaced right there along with the chat. Collaboration in context with absolutely no discontinuity between one and the other.
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. Microsoft Teams is also built on Office 365 Groups—the cross-application membership service that makes it easy for people to move naturally from one collaboration tool to another, preserve their sense of context and share with others.
This allows Microsoft Teams to integrate individuals and their information with a truly intuitive, interactive and transparent interface offering a completely seamless workspace in which any and every working style can thrive.
Learn and Prepare for Digital Transformation
As more companies pursue digital transformation to create and maintain a leadership position in their industry, Microsoft Teams provides the environment, the fertile ground needed to support such a transformation. Taking the focus off the operation of the software, users are free to focus instead on the work and the results they seek to achieve.
Think of it as “personalization at scale.” Each user brings their own unique working style, their own preferences. Even as more users join the environment, and each user’s working style evolves, Microsoft Teams scales with them to provide a robust set of working tools in a framework that lends itself to work without constant shifting between windows and applications.
Microsoft Teams also welcomes users regardless of platform, running within Office 365 on Windows, iOS, Android and other operating systems.
Of course, with great power comes great responsibility. Fortunately, to take advantage of the great collaborating power of Office 365 and Microsoft Teams the key responsibility is to prepare and thoroughly train users. Learn more about how to best learn how to extract the greatest value from these platforms.