7 ways Microsoft Teams can make you more collaborative in 2020

Chloe Mustafa
Categories: Increase Productivity
Tags: Microsoft Teams

Microsoft continues to strengthen the capabilities of its Teams’ collaboration platform hub giving you more ways to respond to business needs leading to a more productive 2020. Discover how you can enable your staff to work more collaboratively in the new year with these top Teams tips:

Keeping it within the family

You can now create private channels within existing teams. These can only be accessed by select team members. Simply select ‘Private’ under the new channels’ privacy settings.

Integration for easier app management

New Outlook meets Teams integration makes it easy to collaborate from anywhere. You can move an email trail from Outlook, including attachments, into a Teams chat or channel conversation by simply clicking on ‘Share to Teams’ in Outlook. You can also reverse the process and share a Teams conversation from an Outlook email by clicking on the more options icon.

Get more out of meetings

Microsoft Whiteboard is now available in Teams Meetings via the share tray giving teams a digital canvas for meeting participants to brainstorm and collaborate whether they’re in the same room or working remotely. Live Captions in Teams Meetings makes meetings makes it easy for all participants, including those with various hearing or language abilities, to follow the conversation. New presenter and attendee controls means meeting organisers can assign meeting roles giving the designated presenter full control.

Easy access for front-liners

Frontline staff can now easily sign into Teams via an SMS Sign-In. They simply use their phone number and a one-time SMS authentication code. Meanwhile, the new Off shift access allows IT administrators to notify Firstline Workers when they access the Teams app on their personal device outside payable hours. Users simply consent to notifications to access their app.

Teams management data protection simplified

Safe Links in Microsoft Teams, powered by Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection, now safeguards Teams messages from harmful links in real time. When a web address (URL) is shared in a private chat or channel conversation, Teams performs a ‘time-of-click’ verification of web addresses and alerts users to any malware or virus risks.

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