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- Video calls.
- Integration with SharePoint.
- Integration with Calendar.
- Screen sharing isn't as good as Webex.
- Resource pig - kills your battery fast!
- Not as fluid an interface as other solutions.
- Shared chat space and the ability to easily break out into smaller groups.
- Collaboration tools - sharing documents and files and easily save those things.
- Ability to add video and sound in team groups.
- iPhone app is AWESOME!
- It can be kind of pricey - As far as I know you have to be running Office 365 to make full use of the product.
- I would like to able to break the different tabs into different windows. For example, be able to have Chat and Teams tabs open at the same time while working on a shared document.
I have not tried using it with others outside of business so I am not sure how it might do for social users. Nor am I sure how well it would integrate with other office programs, like Open Office or Google Docs.
- The ability to have a private chat with one person or a group message with everyone in your department.
- All of our important documents are held in the 'wiki' portion of teams, which allows things to be easily accessed and all in one place.
- I like that you can use GIFs right in the messenger. It adds a little fun to your usual chats.
- Teams will randomly close for no particular reason throughout the day on my computer. It's a bit of an annoyance.
- The activity portion confuses me time to time on which chat it is notifying me since I have private chats with the same people in group chats. Causes a little confusion.
- It took me a while to realize that there is a sidebar for the wiki portion. I was only seeing one file when I knew there was more but couldn't find them.
- Integrated with all of Microsoft's suite of products
- Great mobile functionality
- Upon opening a Skype invitation, it does not automatically open in Teams. Not very user-friendly on that.
- You can't delete a sent message on the chat tab.
- Video conferencing.
- Collaboration (messaging outside of Outlook).
- Sometimes there isn't a link to join a meeting, which makes you click on a link, which takes you to the web, which takes you back to Teams.
- Able to share screens.
- 10 to 15 people can join for one conferencing call, with maximum video and audio quality and no lag.
- Able to stream high quality HD videos using this solution.
- This software can be installed on desktop, laptop and mobile devices with IOS and Android platforms.
- High data consumption in video calls.
- Does not have 4K video streaming facility when the screen mirror on a TV or a large screen video quality is low.
It helps us to solve our complex communication and teleconference needs. It allows us to stay organized and have all of our conversations in one place.
The software also interfaces perfectly with Outlook in terms of availability and calendar, something our former chat software wasn't able to do. The screensharing aspect of a call or video chat adds another convenience of not having to unplug the laptop and bring it to someone for them to take a look at what you're referencing.
The interface has a very short learning curve, and is in every way intuitive, even to my co-workers that are usually late adopters of new things.
A hidden gem that might not be readily apparent is the "more apps" area under the button that looks like an elipse. This allows interfacing with OneNote and other apps!
- GIFs and other fun aspects of a chat software
- "(name) is typing" display.
- Interfacing with Microsoft Suite programs
- Drawing contacts from Outlook
- A taskbar widget that allows replies from right clicking the taskbar icon.
- more GIF engines beyond GIPHY, or a native GIPHY interface complete with mood categories.
- Recent Chats column collapsible to bubbles with initial before disappearing when narrowing the window, similar to Apple iMessage on Mac software.
Externally, Microsoft Teams is probably less appropriate. With client or customer contact, it's probably the best way to go.
Another factor to consider within the company is the importance level of the message and to what degree communications should be easily preserved, printed, or forwarded and copied to other individuals.
- Team automatically integrated with my laptop camera and audio, so video meetings took no setup.
- Teams integrates nicely with Microsoft Outlook. For instance, you can create a Team Meeting in Outlook instead of an in-person meeting.
- Team automatically integrated with my laptop camera and audio, so video meetings took no setup.
- I cannot figure out how to get incoming chat messages to pop up on my screen. I have reviewed it in Settings, but there does not appear to be such an option. I have to keep an eye on my taskbar for new messages, which is not ideal.
- Sometimes my status in Teams (available, busy, etc.) does not automatically flow from my Outlook calendar as desired.
- I think Teams should make the Chat feature more prominent in its menu. When I receive a chat message, it takes more clicks than it should to open the appropriate conversation and read it.
- You can separate your teams to create different channels so that there is no unwanted cross talk.
- It's easier and faster to send files and documents through Teams than through email.
- Eliminates a lot of large, unwanted email trails.
- Works great on mobile phone. Perfect for keeping in touch on the go.
- It runs pretty sluggishly on our Windows PC's. Granted these are generally old computers but the performance is still not great.
- More options for customizing notifications would be great. It's pretty limited at the moment.
However considering that it's a team-based software, its usage is pretty limited if you don't have large, multiple teams.
- Easy to use interface
- Vast amount of features such as chat, calendar, calls, shared files, and more
- I wish there was a way to make chat notifications pop up more in your face like the old personal edition of Skype did.
- There should be some sort of contact directory instead of having to search for users.
- Conversations, chats, and online meetings all in one workspace.
- Sharing files and collaborating on projects.
- Structure of files may be confusing if you do not have a technical background.
- Team channels and groups could be more straightforward and easier to use.
- Channels: Keep conversations, projects, information organized and managed by a team leader.
- Screen-share and voice call: Screen-share is extremely easy to use and reliable. Voice call is very crisp and consistently good in every call.
- Notification: We have vast numbers of channels and chat groups and sometimes it is easy to miss a message from someone. The notification for incoming message could be more prominent.
- Concurrent call and chats: When you screen-share a call, you can still switch back to chat, minimize the window that displays the screen-share and you can't see the content. Adding multiple instances/windows of Teams could help with multitasking between screen-share and chat.
Also Teams Creation helps you to post important updates and share content meant for specific group of people, no need to inform and update individual resources. Also Teams SharePoint is really magnificent and has been of great use for IT professionals. Important documents can easily be accessed as needed.
On getting familiar with Teams and using it everyday, I am not having a single complaint, a true successor of Skype For Business. Everything has been incorporated in the product to enhance your communication with business colleagues and clients.
- Great for working with remote colleagues or ones who are cross-country or far away.
- Email isn't always the best so Microsoft Teams allowed us to host meetings and share documents easily.
Right now our Engineering and Administration departments are the main groups using Microsoft Teams, the goal is to have this be used company-wide.
- Lets employees know who is online and makes it easy to contact them for questions.
- Able to see if someone is busy and should not be disturbed which helps save time in trying to contact them or hunt them down.
- Allows specific groups to be created where we can share ideas and brainstorm without having to interrupt other employees in the office.
- Wish there way a better way to organize who you see on the side bar, right now I only know of chats being organized by Recent or by Contacts.
- Wish you could zoom out on the calendar, I like seeing multiple weeks and even the whole month so I know when meetings are coming up. Right now you can only view the calendar in Day, Work Week, or Week mode.
Microsoft Teams also lets us efficiently communicate with remote workers since email can lag. This allows almost real-time conversations and collaborations for our employees.
- The best part of Microsoft Teams is that they keep all records of conversation within the meetings. So there is no need to use any screen recorders or any other application to record the chats, whether you are one on one or you are with a group.
- The command box which is used to search anything within Microsoft Teams is very useful. You don't need to navigate all chats, you just have to search for the name in the command box and it will show you that.
- It doesn't have a group calendar option, which is pretty annoying.
- I have found that the permission settings are pretty confusing.
Since it is a part of the Office 365 family, it also integrates with other Office 365 apps such as Word, Excel, presentation and many more. Microsoft is also focusing on security as well. The Data from Teams is encrypted which is avoiding data breaching.
- Teams is excellent for a business where employees in the company are not located in the same building and need to communicate with each other.
- Team's does Video and Audio calling really well. We have not experienced any issues with quality as of yet.
- The biggest downfall with Teams is some users experience slowness with this product. I personally have not had an issue, but I am the IT person who goes around and fixes issues in-house and I sometimes see Teams causing huge CPU and Memory spikes and watch the software lag on peoples PC's for no reason.
- I also don't like the way it stores attachments. If you add an attachment to a message it will store it in a folder and sometimes that folder is really hard to find.
The only thing I can think of that would not be a good scenario would be if you are running mostly Linux desktops. Teams did just come out with a Linux version though, but I have not had a chance to use it. Also if you didn't like to use MS Products there are other options out there.
- Voice and video quality
- System integrations
- There are a lot of different functions within Teams, so there's a bit of a learning curve.
- It would be nice if there were different color themes to choose from (a dark theme would be excellent).
- It handles meetings really well--both video and audio.
- The mobile client is a very nice value add.
- The ad-hoc SharePoint that can be used in Teams is not integrated under the governance of existing enterprise versions, so users can get confused about what they are using.
- Integration of Office 365 tools is not fully functional like their standalone instances.
- Voice quality is typically really good.
- Sharing your screen or application works well.
- Needing a lighter plug-in for customers who don't have Teams and need to download it to join your meeting.
- If joining over voice and sharing screen, bandwidth requirements seem to go up more than other tools. I could be wrong on this or there are other factors going on here.
It is interesting how I end up using the tool the most of the people I communicate with use. Slack and Teams have been the 2 main tools I've experienced using. For doing demonstrations, online meetings, I've gone between Zoom (my favorite), GoToMeeting and Teams. If I want to have the presentation go as smoothly as possible with people joining easily, sound working, then I use Zoom. If it is only a couple people from a current customer, then I'm fine using Teams.
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About Microsoft Teams
Microsoft Teams combines video conferencing software with team collaboration tools. The communications platform allows MS Office users to conduct conference calls and share files via SharePoint, and join or initiate a group chat.
Microsoft Teams features three tiers of pricing. The first is a subscription-less, free option that offers the same features as the other two tiers but does not offer administration tools like analytics and access to on-premise servers, or support features like 24/7 phone and web support. The second and third tiers are based on the size of your business and its conferencing needs. Its “Office 365 Business Premium” option starts at $12.50 a month per user, with a required annual commitment, and its “Office 365 E3” option for enterprises starts at $20 a month per user, also with a required annual commitment.
Meetings: Meet with teams of 10 or 10,000. Host audio, video, and web conferences with anyone inside or outside your organization or go big with live events.
Calling: Its Phone System feature enables PBX capabilities including call control in Office 365 and replaces on-premises PBX. Its calling features are customizable to fit your organization’s unique needs.
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