Slack-like chat-based tools announced as part of Microsoft Teams, Office 365

April 5, 2022 0 Comments

Microsoft Teams is the latest tool in the growing Office 365 productivity suite. Microsoft Teams is a chat-based workspace that borrows design and workflow from Slack, a popular conversation platform for workspace collaboration. Microsoft Teams is designed as a unified platform that integrates people, conversations and content.

Microsoft Team Office 365 will be offered as part of the Enterprise and Small Business Suite. The tool is being introduced as a modern conversation platform for team communication and collaboration. The Microsoft team offers direct access to important messages and threaded conversations for integrated search across message streams. Microsoft Teams integrates Skype deeply for voice and video conferencing. Microsoft is already the leading software provider as a service provider (SaaS) with services like Skype for Business and Yamar. With Microsoft Teams, the Redmond-based software maker is doubling its enterprise productivity platform.

Microsoft Teams combines the power of chat with access to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint and PowerBI tools. Microsoft brings analytics to the forefront with access to teams graphs and other intelligent services. Microsoft Teams comes with a tabbed interface that allows users to plug into third party services like Twitter or GitHub. Microsoft says integration from Zendesk, hootsuite and Asana from more than 150 partners is immediately available.

Kirk Koenigsbauer, Corporate VP, Microsoft Office says the Office 365 platform has over 85 million monthly active users, and with Teams, the enterprise can bring modern day communication to their workplace. Along with teams, Microsoft is also using its Bots Framework to bring intelligent first- and third-party services into your team environment.

Microsoft Teams also borrows advanced security and compliance standards available with Office 365 programs Data shared between Microsoft teams is transited and encrypted at rest. Microsoft says it does not have permanent access to customer data like other commercial services. Microsoft teams also set up Azure Active Directory and will be served outside the Global Data Center.

Under CEO Satya Nadela, Microsoft has transformed itself by leaving the Windows 8 crash behind. Nadela is transforming Microsoft into a platform-driven company with core growth in areas such as cloud and office services. Microsoft recently reported strong growth in the third quarter of FY2016 and hit an all-time high in terms of stock prices. Microsoft has launched a new all-in-one PC called Surface Studio for creative professionals with a focus on increased productivity and serviceability.

With the introduction of the Microsoft team, the software maker has expanded its already rich productivity suite. Microsoft teams are available as customer previews in enterprises using one of the following plans – Business Essentials, Business Premium, and Enterprise E1, E3 and E5. Microsoft teams will not be an immediate threat to Slack, but it will limit Slack from expanding into enterprises that already use Office 365 services.

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