Software major Microsoft Corp. on Wednesday introduced Microsoft Teams, a chat-based workspace to enhance the collaboration capabilities in Microsoft Office 365.
Microsoft Office 365, a cloud-based productivity offering, has more than 85 million monthly active commercial users. Microsoft Teams brings together people, conversations, content and the tools teams need to collaborate.
Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, said that Microsoft Teams adds a new experience to Office 365 as the chat-based workspace.
Microsoft Teams provides threaded chat to keep everyone engaged and informed. Team conversations are visible to the entire team by default, and the experience also offers private chat capabilities. A library of emojis, GIFs, custom stickers and memes gives people a fun way to express personality within their digital workspace.
Microsoft Teams allows people to start voice and video meetings, as well as work with Microsoft Office documents, directly within the Microsoft Teams experience. The Microsoft Graph enables intelligence to help with information relevance, discovery and sharing.
Microsoft Teams offers the ability to customize the experience to meet their specific needs. Team members can create channels to organize conversations by topic. They can customize channels with a feature called Tabs, which provide access to frequently used documents and applications. Tabs can be created for Office 365 services like OneNote, SharePoint and Planner, or third-party solutions, such as Zendesk and Asana coming soon.
Microsoft Teams supports the same Connector model as Exchange to bring notifications and updates from third-party services, such as Twitter or GitHub available Wednesday, directly into the experience.
It supports the Microsoft Bot Framework to bring intelligent first- and third-party services into the team environment. The preview of the Microsoft Teams Developer Preview, also announced today, gives developers the opportunity to start building integrations with Microsoft Teams right away.
Starting Wednesday, preview of Microsoft Teams is available to Office 365 commercial customers with Office 365 Enterprise or Business plans in 181 countries and 18 languages. Office 365 IT administrators can enable Microsoft Teams for their organization from the Office 365 admin center.