What is Microsoft Teams and Why Should You Use It

Here’s some info about Microsoft Teams and why you should use it for your organization’s productivity, network security and to reduce your need for tons of software.

  1. Microsoft Teams is the collaboration component of Office 365, and also offers a free tier, which supports up to 300 users, unlimited chat and search, 10 GB of file sharing, collaboration on Office documents, and over 250 integrated apps and services including web versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  2. Microsoft says that it’s seen a huge uptick in usage; it will be releasing more numbers later this week, but in a recent blog post, Microsoft indicated that since Jan. 31, its seen a 500 percent increase in Teams meetings, calling, and conferences there, and a 200 percent increase in Teams usage on mobile devices.
  3. To further assist remote workers, Teams has set up a community space, Enabling Remote Work, where customers and experts can interact and share tips. And for companies needing to effectively share information with staff, it has released a Power Platform template for crisis communications that includes push notifications and has compiled useful information on responding to COVID-19 on a single portal.
  4. Microsoft Teams is a collection of online services that you can access through a web browser (at https://teams.microsoft.com) or through the Teams app, which is available for Windows, MacOS, iOS, and Android. (There’s also a new Linux client; details on how to get it are here). That combo of apps and services gives you the ability to invite people to join your organization and create teams for different groups; everyone in your organization can chat, with Slack-like channels within each team for group conversations; and private chat capabilities allow 1:1 and group conversations, with the option to add audio and video and share screens.
  5. Teams do online meetings well, with features that rival those of as Zoom, WebEx, and other popular video conferencing platforms. Video meetings can include up to 250 participants, and live events scale up to 10,000 attendees.
  6. Your organization has a shared mailbox and calendar and a shared OneNote notebook, as well as a SharePoint Online site and a document library where team members and guests can collaborate on shared documents. You can set up “rooms” via teams and integrate “Planner” as well.

In short, Microsoft Teams is amazing and you should give it serious consideration whether your team should be using it.

person holding white android smartphone
6 Reasons Why You Should Us Microsoft Teams

Are Your Colleagues Set up for Remote Work?

  • Does your team have the right technology tools to remain productive and secure when working from home? 
  • Do your colleagues have safe remote access to company information? 
  • Are they risking organizational cybersecurity breaches with their remote working habits? 
  • Does your organization have reliable backups just in case? 
  • How often are those backups tested and verified?

Unless you have on-site I.T. staff and/or are working with a Managed Services Provider (MSP… like us), it is important you know the answers to the questions above. 

We are happy to collaborate with you and prepare a no-strings-attached “Remote Work Assessment” of your working-from-home protocols. 

Not only will our Remote Work Assessment provide you with a snapshot of “where you’re at” but will also provide recommendations to improve employee efficiency as well as minimize organizational risk… now for the best part:

  • We will not charge you for your Remote Work Assessment
  • Your Remote Work Assessment (.pdf) is yours to keep and share as you see fit

Take control of your work-from-home policies!  We look forward to hearing from you!

Is Your Company’s I.T. Ready for the New Normal?

If you’ve ever watched two sports teams battle it out for a championship, you’ve no doubt heard an
announcer opine that “defense wins championships”. Put another way, the team that makes fewer
mistakes usually wins.

Due to a global pandemic, almost all of us have been forced to play more defense over the last few months… figuring out how to engage our teams remotely, supporting our clients, and tightening our purse strings.

group of people having a meeting
Is Your Company’s I.T. Ready for the New Normal?

However, in business, reactive defense alone cannot win us what we’re after. Instead, we must
proactively set goals and then take focused actions to achieve success. At Technikel, we help SMBs
(small & medium-sized businesses) leverage technology to improve organizational productivity and
minimize their risk of a cyber attack.

Put another way, organizations tell us where they want to be in 2-5 years, and we design a customized technology roadmap (and support them every step of the way) to get them there.

As the dust begins to settle on the “new normal” and your mindset starts to shift from reactive defense
to proactive offense, we’re here to help. We are happy to offer a no-obligation, 60-minute free I.T. health check of your organization to provide you with a colour-coded, 10-page report of priorities both short and long-term. The best part is that the information is yours to keep and share as you see fit.

If you’re an SMB that knows better days lie ahead, let us empower you with our unlimited I.T. support and
I.T. consulting services.

When the timing is right for you, we’re here to answer any technical questions you may have as well as advise on best practices when your team is “working from anywhere”.

#stayhealthy #staystrong #weareallinthistogether

Contact us if you have any questions related to this. We look forward to hearing from you!