Microsoft 365 Collaboration Abilities
Office 365 becomes Microsoft 365
Recently Office 365 became Microsoft 365. For Enterprise levels, the features remain the same although Microsoft is adding features often. For Business levels, the name has changed, and collaboration and security features have been added. As Office is still an optional part of the subscription, the main focus has turned to Collaboration.
Microsoft 365 Collaboration
With many employees now working from home, collaboration tools have become extremely important. Organizations need to stay connected with their employees who in turn need to stay connected with their client base.
- Video calls have replaced onsite visits.
- Project hubs have replaced long conference room meetings.
- Chat has replaced stop-by-office discussions.
Organizations are finding they can be very productive if they have the correct tools. One of the most used and recognized tools now is Teams from Microsoft, which is part of Microsoft 365, previously Office 365. Teams added 31 million users in the month of April 2020 alone bringing the total users worldwide to over 75 million and growing fast.
With COVID-19 changing the way businesses operate, there is so much uncertainty about the future of in-person business operations. Collaboration from remote locations has become crucial to workflow. Knowing you have the tools to maintain easy and effective communication can provide your business with a sense of unity and security. Microsoft 365 has some features you may not know about that can benefit your organization.
How Microsoft 365 Connects Your Team
Have you tried the multi-user chat on Microsoft 365 Teams? Did you know that it enables interoffice calling, scheduling, and meetings? It also facilitates co-authoring and presentations. These features enable you to work from anywhere. You can collaborate with anyone within your company. They are simple to use and Microsoft provides excellent video training. Start training now: Get Started with Microsoft Teams.
Added Value with Co-Authoring
You can co-author within the Microsoft 365 environment with apps like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Here are some quick steps to get started:
- Create a document in OneDrive or SharePoint
- In your open file, click the “Share” button in the top right corner
- Select the names or enter email addresses to share your file
- Select permissions for this document – location and collaboration level
- Click “Send”
- The person you shared with can now work on the same file
Link to: Co-authoring an Excel Workbook
Meetings with Clients Outside Your Organization
If you need to set up a video meeting with customers, it is now simple with Teams.
- Click a button on your Exchange Home Ribbon or go to your Teams Calendar and select the time. A window will pop up for you to enter the email addresses of attendees, title of meeting and a place to enter an explanation of the meeting or agenda.
- Send the email to your attendees.
- Once received, it is automatically added to their Outlook Calendar.
- With an addon feature you can include a phone number for people who are not able to be on a computer.
- At the time of the event, click the link and you are in the conference. If you have the app for Teams, you can enter there, otherwise it will show up on a Windows Browser.
Team Meetings – Instant or Scheduled Meetings
Team meetings can be instant or scheduled. To begin an instant meeting:
- Select the camera icon in the top right corner
- Invite an individual or the entire chat group
- To schedule a meeting:
- Go to the calendar on Teams
- Click on the “New Meeting” button in the top right corner
- Fill out the form to invite members of your organization
- Choose the time, date, and subject
- Select the “Save” button and Teams will automatically send an invite to attendees and put it in their calendar
See the tutorial: Instant and Scheduled Meetings Tutorial
Meetings – Live Events
Meetings on the Teams platform are simple to set up. They may contain as many participants as you would like (up to 20,000 for Live Events) and are especially effective when using the video feature. For Live Events:
- Go to the Teams Calendar and select live new meeting
- Choose who can attend – specific people/Groups/entire organization/anyone who receives the link/public
- You can choose to record it for Producers and Presenters or for attendees
- You can also choose to have a Q&A session
- Select “Schedule” and you will receive an attendee link to send to anyone via email or Teams
See the tutorial: Live Event Tutorial
Using Teams Meetings is an effective form of business communication as they allow you to see facial expressions and hear voice inflections, which bring more meaning to the conversation. Additionally, you can get much more accomplished in a shorter time with a video meeting than with dialoging in a chat when you keep them on schedule and to the point.
Microsoft 365 Portal
When you launch the Microsoft 365 portal, you see the Office applications you use most frequently. The search feature at the top of the page helps you quickly find your apps, files, and contacts on 365. Additionally, links to the following files are displayed:
- Recent Links to your most recent files are listed here. If you click on this tab, you can see when you accessed this file last, whether the file is a shared file, and what has been recently changed.
- Pinned Pinning the files you work on most frequently, gives you quick access to them under this tab.
- Shared with me These are files that have been shared with you.
- Discover This tab shows relevant items from your OneDrive, a 1TB per user individual file repository
To start working on your documents, select one of these file links or navigate to a file in your OneDrive App. All the changes you and your team members make to a document are tracked and updated.
See the tutorial: Get Started
These tools will bring great value to your organization.
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