Microsoft Teams Connect (Shared Channels) – coming November
A fantastic new feature that Microsoft have been working on is the eagerly anticipated Teams Connect. Due for release in November this year, this new addition will enable you to share channels with anyone, whether they’re internal or external to your organisation. The premise is to provide a better-connected and collaborative environment for easy chatting, meetings, content sharing and the ability to co-author documents in real-time within that same shared channel.
Remote working has been widely accepted by many during the pandemic and as Microsoft have stated, hybrid working is here to stay for the future as well. Having an online space where it’s seamless to partake in conversation, share files and apps whilst collaborating with either internal or external participants is the next step in modern-day hybrid working.
Teams Templates to aid creation and standardisation
Setting up your Teams platform can be done quickly and effectively using Microsoft Teams templates to help you build a collaborative and inclusive space for your team. There are a variety of templates to choose from and customise, making it a speedy process to set up.
The templates provide a standardised structure with pre-defined channels, tabs, apps etc., giving you an effective environment straightaway with no waiting time to build a design from scratch. After you’re through the creation stage, you’ll receive guidance on how best you can use the functionalities and what customisation may work best for your unique needs.
Turn your files into a tab to bring them to the forefront
Are you tired of scrolling through a conversation thread, trying to find a file that was once shared with you? Well, Microsoft has just the solution for you! Teams’ SharePoint integration means you can upload files directly into a conversation, which will then immediately become available within the Files tab of that channel.
No more hunting around for files or documents; instead, you can easily find the documents you’re after by organising your channels for better access and more productive working.
Bring together Office/Microsoft collaboration, such as document co-authoring
Long gone are the days of sending documents back and forth, waiting on amendments from different people. Within Microsoft Teams, multiple people can work on the same documents, spreadsheets, and PowerPoint at the same time without interruption or lag between responses.
Additionally, if these documents are stored in your Teams channel, the files will be accessible to all members of that team, allowing everyone to collaborate and co-author simultaneously.