Microsoft Teams Valuable Features

Senior Principal Consultant at NCS Partners

Microsoft has delivered integrated tools and collaborative capabilities that continue to strengthen and bring great value to Teams.  This positions Teams as the collaborative tool that will soon become the standard in the market for capabilities.  The document and plans/assignment improvements are game changes from a simplicity and functionality perspective.

I really like the video conferencing, and the reason is because of the simplicity of scheduling and using the software. Since I'm using Outlook for my email and calendar management, and it's connected with everything. It's just a click of a button to schedule a meeting, and then, to activate or to start the meeting, it's just another click of a button. Everything is streamlined and simple. 

The seamless integration and easy coordination with mobile devices is a wonderful aspect of the solution. It's great that, even if I'm not at my desk, I can still attend the Teams video conference and interact in the same way that I would if I were at my desktop.

There's an option to blur the background or to completely change your background. That's very helpful as we now use the solution to replace stand-up meetings. It removes background distractions for other users and allows participants to have a bit of privacy.

I have a regular meeting with a couple of people on my team, and normally, we would meet at somebody's desk or in an office or in the conference room. With Teams, we can all attend, and all see each other and we can have the same outcome as we would if we were all in the same room. While digital meetings as opposed to in-person meetings takes a bit of time to get used to, the learning curve is short because of the seamless integration.

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Proposal Manager at Data Unit NV

The integration of online jobs and documents is one of the most valuable aspects of the solution. The ability to integrate tasks and to assign tasks to certain people is great. 

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Global Internal Communications Manager at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees

The features that I like the most are the features we have now. I like every aspect of it. It is easy to use. It's on your phone, so it is mobile. You can respond without answering if you have a call or message. You can send emoticons so people know you have gotten their message. This type of response is very quick and doesn't leave the other party waiting. Those features are just like what you might do in WhatsApp or Messenger on Facebook. It is very familiar to anyone using those products.

One thing that we are looking to deploy — and we are testing it now — is to send and track kudos. We want to implement this new feature on a worldwide basis to thank team members for being good participants. 

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SP
Head of Software department & Head of Security department at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

The most valuable feature for us is the Teams Planner module. This is a module where we enter projects and tasks that we want to track. We also use the Chats module and find that useful as well to work in conjunction with this tool.

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Associate Director of Technology at Microland Limited

The main features that we use extensively are voice and video calling. They have improved these features and the improvements are happening continuously. 

The other feature that we like is the repository, which is used for knowledge management. It integrates with SharePoint, where we can store and retrieve documents, maintain version control, and collaborate with each other.

I like these aspects of it, but this is a feature-rich product and I am probably not even aware of all the features that it has.

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RH
Strategic Program Management at a tech vendor with 11-50 employees

I think what the team likes most is the improvements when it comes to communication. We've been using Skype for business in the past but the audio and visual communication is really good with Microsoft Teams. I also really like the speed of the product and the way that the channels can be leveraged.

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Deliver Practice Director at DynTek

I believe the chat messaging is a very valuable feature. It's not like Skype or Google Hangouts where you chat and once you're done you'll never find it again. This solution sticks with the chat until it's deleted and it also enables the application of backend retention policies so it can be saved longer. If you need to adhere to any regulation or compliancy regarding data retention you can set policies for that. Within a Teams meeting, you can put in all your meeting notes, whiteboards, all sorts of communication tools that you use. It's a very simple, intuitive platform. The learning curve for clients is minimal.

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Sr. Product Manager - AccuRev at Micro Focus

We utilize the chat (with and without video calling) quite a bit as well as the ability to create content and store it. It is easy to share and collaborate, including built-in, edit-in-place, autosave features, without having to download, edit, save, or upload. We take advantage of the Wiki pages to schedule meetings through the calendar, which all but eliminates the need to use Outlook calendar. Teams is fully integrated with our teams, culture, and behaviors. It works as we work and is fairly flexible when configuring things that are team/program specific. 

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PM
Associate Vice President - Office of Strategic ManagementVice President - Office of Strategic Management at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees

The solution provides very clear conferencing, even on mobile devices. The voice clarity is excellent.

Organizing a meeting is very simple to do.

The solution provides for comfortable use. New users are able to navigate it pretty easily.

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Business Analyst at a financial services firm with 1-10 employees

The most valuable feature for us was instant messaging. I did like the fact that you could start various teams so that if you wanted to instant message certain individuals, you could have the group chats going on in the background. But again, we were such a small company, we didn't actually use it. I think if it was a large company, fantastic because you've got large multiple groups feeding in. For a small company, no.

I liked the idea of being able to share, but we used Dropbox, so we found that we didn't need to share documents. It would have provided another layer, but our team is not large enough to warrant a group of individuals, multiple locations, all feeding into one document at different times. We didn't actually have a need for that.

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SJ
IT Manager at a transportation company with 501-1,000 employees

There are a lot of applications being developed on Microsoft for Teams. They are building out a lot of Office 365 apps and the integration with everything is great.

The call quality has been very good, especially compared to Skype.

We like that you can get a lot of users on one call without the call actually failing or losing quality. Hosts can connect, if I recall correctly, up to 90,000 people. If you need a massive company-wide meeting, you can do it.

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OD
Responsible for recruitment at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

The most valuable features are the messaging and the video calling, especially where you can add a background. It is very useful during confinement, and working from home.

The video calling is as interesting as Skype, but with a lot more functions with better and easier communication.

It is very quick.

It's a complete solution with video calls, calendars, messaging, downloads, and you can publish things. It's connected and is compatible with other Microsoft products. We don't have a lot of conflicts.

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VB
Senior Project Manager - IT Services at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees

I think the video calling and the calling facility are valuable features as well as the ability to create multiple channels and tools so that you can record your information. It's a good solution.

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SL
Lecturer at a university with 201-500 employees

I am not familiar with all of the features yet, but some of the features I find to be most valuable are the visual conference call. We all see our videos as well as audios. 

The quality is much better than it is with Skype.

There is more clarity and everything is crisper.

We have not been using the collaboration part as much, as we are focusing on the communications rather than document sharing.

The communication part has been excellent so far.

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ITSM Consultant at VerrakiPartners

The solution is perfect for meeting purposes, which is how we mainly use it.  

The product has the capability to allow me to do recordings of any session which is very helpful. When the meetings are happening, I'm also able to text with people as a secondary form of communication. 

 I can use the calendar aspect with it to track my day and to know what I'm going to do. 

For collaboration purposes, it's been very, very handy to use, and it's great for chat purposes. It's nice to not always have to pick up the phone when you can just chat via teams instead.

You can easily integrate with other applications quite easily.

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CEO at Zington

The feature I find to be the most valuable is the integration with document management capabilities and video conferencing, screen sharing, etc. It's a powerful tool for when you need to work in teams and to communicate with storing files and meetings. I like Teams very much. 

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AA
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager at a non-tech company with 501-1,000 employees

In terms of administrating through Office 365, I like the administration panel. The configuration is easy and powerful. Its integration within Microsoft is very good.

There is a new Skype feature in Teams that is excellent.

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Sharepoint Application Specialist at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees

The conversation capabilities and document management are the solution's most valuable features.

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EG
IT Manager at a construction company with 201-500 employees

The most valuable features are that it is an all-in-one platform, making it very easy for collaboration with your core employees. 

You can also create a private room for discussion, and It has a pure conference call.

It has more core features than other platforms like Zoom.

It's tied to your day-to-day common tools such as Word, Excel, and Outlook.

The interface is easy to use.

You can back up using your existing infrastructure just as you can in Veeam and Altaro, or any others that can back up the SaaS.

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Solutions Architect / Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

The video conferencing would be the best feature. One of the main reasons for moving to this solution is that it's included with our Office365 subscription. As a company we were already paying to use it. 

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WV
Senior Security Engineer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees

The most valuable feature for me is the chat. It is what I use the most because if I have to reach a team member, given that we are all working remotely, it is the easiest way to do it. 

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HM
Chief Specialist MMS at Roads & Transport Authority

I think the screen sharing feature is the most valuable. 

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SA
System Architect at Silvery LLC

There are many functionalities we can work with.

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Receiver, Purchaser, IT Manager at Nomek AS

The solution's most valuable aspect is that tap function.

It's great for meeting conferences. 

The solution is scalable.

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Microsoft Solutions Specialist at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

What I like most about Microsoft Teams, is that we can pin applications on the top of the group. So I don't need to go to the browser to search for something or I don't need to go to an application on my desktop if I use cloud applications. 

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FA
Assistant VP for Technical Infrastructure at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

The features in this solution are better than Skype for Business.

The group chat is very good.

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SB
Technical Project Manager at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

The most valuable features are visual and audio, as they are very clear with no interruptions.

It has a chatting feature, document sharing, and features that are required for online meetings.

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HG
Project Manager at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

The chat functionality is the solution's most valuable feature.

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DM
Solutions Architect at a comms service provider with 201-500 employees

The most valuable feature is the ability to have remote meetings with customers and colleagues.

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MK
Chief Architect at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees

I would consider document management a valuable feature. It's really the integration, being able to create groups to share documents that I think is the best. In other words, I can set up a meeting and associate documents to that meeting and everybody can see it. 

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Assistant Vice President at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

One big advantage of this solution over competitors is it is bundled with Office 365. This makes it more convenient. Additionally, this solution integrates well with Outlook, which is part of the bundle, and other applications such as your calendar.

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JC
Senior Solution Manager at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees

I think the collaborating feature is valuable.

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President at Convene, Inc.

The most valuable feature is the ability to collaborate.

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CIO & General Manager at Almarai Company Limited
  • Calling
  • Setting up teams
  • Meetings
  • File transfer
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