When you think about “Microsoft”, the first thought that pops into mind might be “Windows,” the ubiquitous operating system found on many business computers. However, these days Microsoft is more focused on providing business solutions, such as Microsoft Teams, rather than operating systems. Microsoft’s market cap is well north of $1.5 trillion, and much of that value is derived by the company’s many business solution offerings.
The COVID-19 pandemic forced many companies to switch to remote work. Futurologists have been calling for the end of traditional office spaces for years, but in practice that’s been easier said than done. However, Microsoft Teams and other solutions have made remote work a reality. Microsoft Teams makes it easy to communicate with coworkers, share documents, crowd-edit, and more.
Whether your brick-and-mortar office space is going the way of the dinosaur or you plan to stay local, Microsoft Teams can empower your team. Let’s dig into why.
Meetings made easy
You may have heard a lot about Zoom and other meeting software programs (including security concerns). Microsoft Teams makes online meetings easy, and security is among the best in the industry. Sharing files via meetings is also easy. Nothing beats a conference room, but Teams is arguably the next best thing. Setting up a meeting is easy, and overall, the platform is reliable with downtime being rare.
Outside of meetings, Microsoft Teams makes it easy to send messages, as well as voice and video communication. Skype has been one of the most popular messaging/communication platforms for some years. Now, Teams feature many of the same benefits but if anything, Teams is easier and more reliable. We don’t mean that as a knock against Skype (which is owned by Microsoft, by the way), more a compliment for Teams.
Easy learning curve
Teaching new members how to use this-or-that communication tool is a pain. However, Microsoft Teams is pretty intuitive and straightforward. Even if someone is new to Teams, they’ll likely pick it up quickly. Not only that, but Teams is so ubiquitous that there’s a good chance a new employee has already used Teams at another company or while in school. Either way, you can get to work quickly.
Simple Office 365 integration
Many if not most companies use Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and more. There’s a reason these Office productivity programs are the standard bearer. They are packed with features, reliable, and easy-to-use. Plus, nearly everyone has used them at some point. Microsoft Teams integrates very easily with Office 365.
If you’re looking for a do-it-all communication and productivity platform for your company, Microsoft Teams should top your list. The platform is secure, easy-to-use, and integrates well with many other productivity software programs.
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