There are lots of applications and services in Microsoft 365 that link together and share data. You can use Teams as a hub to access information from lots of Office 365 apps. For some people, Teams can be the main application you launch and work with each day, while still accessing other Office 365 content.
- [Instructor] Microsoft Teams does support free accounts and guest users. But the full version of Teams is really integrated in the Microsoft 365 service, formerly known as Office 365. So much so that if you want, you could use Teams as your main hub or a starting point for most of what you do in Microsoft 365. Think about what you typically use Microsoft 365 for. The first thing that comes to my mind is mail and Outlook. Now Teams certainly does not replace email entirely, but the conversations you have here in the channels in your Teams or in the private chat section are great alternative forms of communication. These options can be more agile, giving you more ways to communicate and getting you faster replies. Next, consider your calendar. If you use Outlook to schedule appointments, you can access that same information in Teams by going to the calendar section over here on the left. Here, you can see all of the meetings you have scheduled in Teams, and you can also see the other calendar appointments you have in your Outlook calendar. If you have multiple calendars in Outlook, or if you subscribe to calendars published by other people, you're not going to see those here, but if all you need to do is keep track of today's appointments in your main calendar, this saves you from opening another application. Next, I want to talk about file storage. Now you probably know that you can go to a team to a specific channel, and you can share files when you post messages. If I scroll back here, you can see some of the files that were shared in this channel. But you can also click on the Files tab up at the top when you're in a conversation channel to see all of the files that have been shared in that channel. Now, if you're not familiar with how that works, be sure to check out the course, "Microsoft Teams: Working with Files." But you can also work directly with the files you have stored on your OneDrive without leaving the Teams interface. For that, I'll click the Files button over here on the left, and then I'll select OneDrive. And this is my OneDrive. In fact, it's the same interface that I would use when I access OneDrive on the web through the Microsoft 365 website. I can upload files, I can download individual files. I can also move, delete, or even share files from here. And you can also edit Office documents, which includes Word, Excel and PowerPoint files. I'm just going to go into a folder here where I have a Microsoft Word document. I'll click on that to open it up. And it opens in Word Online directly in the Teams interface where I can read and even edit this document. I'm still in my OneDrive here in Teams, but this is going to work the same with files that were shared in a team channel or in a private chat. So depending on how you work, you might be able to do all or some of your document editing right here without leaving the Teams application. For now, I'm just going to close this, and any changes that I've made will be automatically saved. And finally, there are some Office applications that you can work with as apps inside of Teams. To see your apps, you can click this button on the left with three little dots, and you can see that I already have the OneNote app, that lets me access my OneNote notebooks, still in the Teams interface. There's also an option to create a shared notebook that your teammates can work on in a specific team channel. There are other Office tools like Planner, or if you go to more apps, there are plenty of other third party apps that link to Microsoft 365 services. So clearly, this all depends on you and the type of work that you do. If you do lots of work in the Microsoft 365 suite, you may consider using Teams as your main hub or home base.
- Integrating SharePoint content into Teams
- Linking cloud storage to Teams
- Using keyboard shortcuts
- Hiding and pinning channels
- Targeting people with @mentions
- Sending messages with priority notifications
- Using the Immersive Reader
- Using voice messages and other options