Microsoft Teams | November 2018 Updates

Ross MacKenzie
Categories: Product Updates
Tags: Microsoft Teams

A whole host of new Teams features have just been released — discover the best of the best here:

Organisation wide teams

Organisation-wide emails and distribution lists are an outdated way of contacting employees, often getting lost in a deluge of inbound mail. With ‘org wide’ teams, Microsoft Teams makes it simple to be part of a collaborative, open, unified business team.

'Org-wide' teams means global administrators can now easily create public teams and automatically invite every registered user within a specific organisation. A powerful feature of this update is how membership is kept up-to-date and accurate with 'Active Directory', vastly reducing the time-consuming task of updating employees lists.

Currently the limit on an org-wide team is 2,500 users - although this could change as extensive user testing is carried out. Setting up is simple: if your organisation meets requirements, admins will see 'Org-wide' as an option (under the Privacy heading) when creating a team.

App layering in private messages

Microsoft Teams now also has a powerful new feature for private chats: the ability to add dozens of apps as tabs. Previously restricted to channel-only discussions, this feature empowers individuals with a whole host of new productivity tools.

Collected in a single, unified hub, individuals can quickly and easily use whatever application they need to get the job done. Whether that's signing or exchanging documentation with Adobe, keeping a tight handle on project deadlines with Trello, or even tracking complex data analytics figures with Power BI, you'll be able to get it done within a private chat window.

The feature’s distinct advantage is the flexibility to complete tasks with a much more immediate team. This integration also optimises efficiency by reducing the need to switch back and forth between tasks, slashing the risk of human error and improving process flow. Ultimately, it means individuals across an organisation have much greater chances of processing all necessary information, making important decisions faster and taking decisive action earlier.

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