Late last year, Microsoft launched Microsoft Teams at a simultaneous launch event in New York City and San Francisco, and 3Sharp was there working with the Microsoft team. We were proud to be involved in the Microsoft Teams Launch, and we’re looking forward to following this product and using it ourselves as it continues to grow and evolve.
What is Microsoft Teams?
Teams is Microsoft’s new collaboration as a service offering, hailed as a competitor to the popular Slack service. Teams is built around chat and aggregates multiple tools into the flow of work, including files, notes, calendaring, social, and business intelligence. Teams delivers an experience that Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella describes as uniquely human.
Over the past several years, Microsoft has been gradually refining its focus towards software and services that are more closely integrated into the tasks people do every day. Teams does this by centering the experience around something that’s quintessentially human-chat. There’s no more familiar form of interaction than talking about something. Microsoft Teams then extends this core experience by putting that chat at the center of an expansive set of tools—including the entire Office 365 suite of products and services.
Which raises an important question, and one that’s close to our heart—how does Teams fit within the world of Office 365? First, Teams is included as part of every Office 365 subscription. Within the Office 365 family, teamwork isn’t just one function among many; it’s at the center. You can think of Office 365 as a broad toolkit for productivity. It includes tools for individual production—creating documents and collecting insights, and for team productivity—sharing, chat, email, and social. Teams is designed to bring the pieces of this collaborative ecosystem together through a single unified experience.
Microsoft Teams at 3Sharp
At 3Sharp, we’ve already been working with the preview version of teams for several weeks. One of the features that has really wowed us is how the product integrates multiple services, such as files, business intelligence, OneNote, and even Twitter, right into the collaborative workspace. Teams makes the tools you use part of the service rather than additional places you have to go to get things done, and we really love this. This is a feature we’re looking forward to using a lot in our own work.