This video explains how to access the full version of Teams, which requires an Office 365 Business or Enterprise account. There are some important variables that should be considered before you try to sign into teams. Take a tour of the interface to get familiar with the layout.
- [Instructor] In this movie, we will see one way to access Microsoft Teams. When Teams was first released, it was only accessible to users of an Office 365 Business or Enterprise account. However, more recently Microsoft has released a free version of Teams that does not require that Office 365 account. We will talk about accessing the free version in a separate movie, but this movie shows how to get setup with the full version of Teams. And it's the full version that we will be using in most of this course. And to use that full version, you must be part of an organization.
Usually the company you work for that has an Office 365 Business Essentials, Business Premium, or any one of the Enterprise deployments. Then, your company's Office 365 administrator will assign an account to you and also to your coworkers. You will use that account to access Teams and the other services in Office 365. So to get to Teams, you'll start by signing into your Office 365 account. And the way most people do that is to go to office.microsoft.com.
Then you can click the Sign in button up in the top right, and you'll need to sign in with your Office 365 account. Usually that consists of an email address and a password that's provided to you by your employer. So I'll put in my email address. Hit Next and put in the password. And this is the landing page that you'll see when you sign into Office 365. And if you've used other Office 365 products, this should be very familiar. So we want to access Teams, and there's a link to Teams right here on this landing page for me, but this layout might be a little bit different for you.
You might need to go to the app chooser up in the top left corner. You can see I have a link for Teams there as well. And if you still don't see it, you can go into All apps and find it there. Or, you can just go to teams.microsoft.com to go straight to the Teams interface. Either the link there on the Office 365 page, or this address will take you there. And if you're not already signed into your Office 365 account, of course you'll be prompted to sign in here. So now I'm in the interface for Microsoft Teams.
And it's the same whether you're on a Mac or Windows. But it is worth noting at the time of this recording, the Teams website does not work in the Safari web browser. So Mac users will need to use another browser, like Chrome or Firefox. I'm on Windows and I'm using the Edge web browser so it's working fine for me. But the website is not the only place to access Teams. There's also a desktop application as well. And there's a link to download that desktop application here on the Teams website.
You may see this banner right here giving you a link to download it. Or you may need to go to your account menu. And you can do that by clicking on this button in the top right. It should have your Office 365 account picture, or your initials on it. That opens up this menu and one of the options here is to download the desktop application. So you can go ahead and download that and install it onto your computer if you want to use the desktop application. Now, I already have that installed, so I'm gonna go to the Start menu.
Scrolling through here. You'll find the Teams application under this folder labeled Microsoft Corporation. And that's where it will be if you have that application installed. So I'll click on that to launch it, and then of course it will prompt me to sign into my Office 365 account. So that's no problem. I'll put in the email address. Click Next and put in the password. And sign in. Once you're signed in, you'll find that the interface here in the desktop application is almost identical to the interface on the web tool.
If I move this window a little bit you can see that the two look pretty much identical. Let me switch this back into full screen. So there's really not much difference, and as far as I can tell it just boils down to whether you want Teams running as a window in your web browser, or as a separate application. Keep in mind that Teams is also available as a mobile app for smartphones and tablets as well, but we'll talk about that in a separate chapter later in this course. So before we move on, I do want to take a quick look around the interface here in Teams just to get settled.
And it's really great that the web interface and the desktop application are nearly identical, because we don't need to learn two different interfaces. Now this side bar over here on the left is going to be very important. That's where you see some buttons that will take you to the different sections in the Teams interface. We're gonna spend some time with most of these, but I find that Chat, Teams, and Meetings are where most people spend their time. And you can see when you click on those buttons, it changes the rest of the interface. Also, up at the top right corner of the window is that account menu that we saw a moment ago.
You can get to that by clicking on this button with your account picture or your initials. This is where you can go to sign out of your account if you need to, and this is also where you can go to access settings. And we'll spend some time talking about settings later in this course as well. So now assuming your organization has an Office 365 Business Essentials, Business Premium, or Enterprise deployment, you should be able to start working with Microsoft Teams. If you are not able to sign into Teams, then you should work with your company's Office 365 administrator.
And there is a movie on administrator settings later in this course, which may help your administrator if they have problems enabling Teams for your organization.
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- Touring the interface
- Creating teams and adding members
- Sending, receiving, editing, and deleting messages
- Using chats for private messages
- Managing and deleting teams, channels, and conversations
- Scheduling a meeting and inviting attendees
- Sharing files
- Customizing channel tabs
- Using apps, bots, and connectors to add extra functionality
- Adjusting user settings
- Accessing administrator settings
- Using the mobile app for iOS and Android