Teams can be used on a computer as a desktop application or as a web app. This video shows how to access Teams online and where to go to download and install the desktop application.
- [Instructor] To use Microsoft Teams on a computer you can either use it on the Teams website or you can install the desktop application. Let's start with the website. So if you use the standard Office 365 website by signing in at office.com, then this landing page would look familiar to you. Here you'll see there's a button to start Teams right here, or if you go to the app chooser, which is this button in the top left that looks like a waffle, there's a button to open Teams from there as well. And that takes you straight to the Teams interface, and you can get to work. Now, a quicker way to get here would be to just go to teams.microsoft.com, and that will also take you to the same place. And, of course, you will be prompted to sign into your Office account if you're not already signed in. So the web interface is great, but it does not work in all web browsers, and some people just prefer the actual desktop application. When you go to the Teams website, you may see a prompt there to download and install the application. Or if you're already here on the Teams web interface, you can go to the main menu, and you can get to that by clicking on this button in the top left that has your account icon on it. And that opens up this menu. And you'll see there's an option in this menu to download the desktop application. Now, it will detect whether you're on a Mac or a Windows computer, and it will download the right installer. Just download and run that installer to install the application. But before you install this, are you using your own computer, or a computer assigned to you by your company's IT department? If your employer set up your computer for you, then the Teams application might already be installed. So I do already have this installed on my computer, so I'm going to go to the start menu, scroll through the list here. And it will be tucked in a folder called Microsoft Corporation. And there's teams, I can just click on that to open it up. And once again, you will be prompted to sign into your Office 365 account the first time you launch this. Now, I want you to see the interface is nearly identical if you use Teams on the web, or the desktop application. To see this, I just want to move these windows so we can kind of see them side by side. And you can see, the interfaces are nearly identical. So it really is your choice which one you want to use. Now, one last thing I want to talk about is that main menu and how to set your status, which works almost exactly the same as in Skype for Business. Now we saw this menu, remember it's the button with your account picture on it. We see it here in the desktop application. We see it in the web interface. And if you click on that, it opens up this menu, and there's an option here to change your status. I'm currently set to available. Now, when other people search for you in Teams to send you a message, they will see your status, which will let them know if you're available, or if you're busy, or if you're away. You'll also see a colored dot on your account icon up here, which will just let you know what your status is at a glance. And Teams will automatically change your status if you close the application, or if you don't do anything on your computer for several minutes. This works pretty well automatically, so you may not need to manually change your status, but you can if you need to. With that, you should be ready to start learning how to work in Teams on your computer via the Teams website or the desktop application.