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Microsoft Office 365 Collaboration

Why should you be interested?

Teams is a new and extremely powerful tool that company employees can use to create collaborative and integrated workspaces. Teams can utilize SharePoint, OneDrive, Exchange Online, Microsoft Flow and several popular 3rd party tools like Survey Monkey, Trello, JIRA and others. Teams add another dimension to SharePoint by reusing and expanding the existing functionality.

OneDrive for Business is an integral part of Office 365 and/or SharePoint Server, and provides a cloud repository where you can store, share, and sync your work files. Users can update and share their work-related files from any device with OneDrive for Business. It is even possible to work on Office documents with others at the same time.

What can we do for you? Teams/OneDrive/SharePoint planning, migration, deployment and governance.

Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is a workspace in Office 365, centralizing Team Collaboration into one hub. It brings together persistent conversations and meetings, files, Office apps, and third-party integrations — to provide a single hub for teamwork in Office 365. Teams is now being used by over 125,000 organizations across the world in just six months since its launch. This quick uptake indicates just how well it fits the way teams work today. This article gives an overview of some of the features in Teams, and exciting new features announced at Ignite 2017 that allow teams to collaborate even better.

What is a Team? A Team in Microsoft Teams is a Collection of People, content and tools surrounding different projects and jobs within an organization. Team members can share conversations, files, notes, and more. Within a Team, members can create channels to specific topics, projects, jobs – just about anything.

While Teams is available via a browser through Office.com, Microsoft also provides a Teams Client for Windows, Mac OS, Android, IOS, and Windows Phone. This means you can be connected with your Team no matter where you are.

Microsoft Teams are a great way to collaborate, providing members a plethora of collaborative tools within a single integrated hub.

OneDrive for Business

Today millions of users are storing billions of files in Office 365. OneDrive for Business has become a personal workspace that a company’s employees can access anywhere, any time. It features internal collaboration with your colleagues as well as sharing with external users. Microsoft has worked hard in the last year to dramatically improve the user experience and added a whole wealth of new features. Here is a short summary of what was recently added or will be rolled out within the few next weeks.

OneDrive web UI was made cleaner and more intuitive. Users can now see their work impact as well as work-related statistics of the colleagues. You will notice that the interface became faster and more responsive. It’s going to be easy to see what files are shared and what access was given via the new People Card and Info Pane. Great improvements indeed.

Document libraries are getting less cluttered and more compact so that you can see about 20-30% more files on the screen than before. Great news for users with hundreds or thousands of files.

Now, when clicking on a file on the web version of OneDrive or opening a sharing link, you will jump right into the edit mode rather than read mode. Nice productivity improvement.

With this feature you can access your entire OneDrive without filling up disk space. If you need anything offline, right-click it in File Explorer and choose “Always keep in this device”.

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