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How to use the new Microsoft Teams

Microsoft announced and rolled out a new product last week, called Microsoft Teams.  What’s it for? There are a lot of things you can do in teams, but simply stated, it is an app that gives you the ability to have contextual and threaded chat conversations.  You can use Teams instead of Skype for Business, for simple conversations with someone, and you can use it for bigger conversations, and for collaboration on several different types of things.

In this post, I’ll show you the steps, so that you can use it in your Office 365 tenant.  Note that to turn it on, you’ll need to be able to log into the admin console for the tenant.

Also, at the end of this post, read about how you can join in my demo of this technology, live on SharePoint Power Hour!

  1. You can start out by going to, and there is a desktop client as well as an app for your phone.
  2. If you haven’t used Teams yet in your Office 365 tenant, it will need to be turned  on in the Office 365 Admin area.  Go to Settings –> Services & add-ins, and click on Microsoft Teams.
  3. Turn on Microsoft Teams, and Customize your settings:
  4. Now, when you go to, you will see a nice explanatory video, and the first thing you do is create a name for your new team.  When you create a team, a SharePoint Team Site / Office 365 Group will also be created.  New team sites and groups are all one and the same.  You can still use Teams, and download the software, even without creating a team yet.

Now that we’ve gotten through the quick step-by-step of getting Teams up and running, here’s a bit about getting around.  First of all, using the settings button at the bottom left, I like to change my theme to dark.  When I click my own picture at the top left, I can see a list of my own activity across teams, and click Saved to see conversations that I’ve saved (the save icon looks like a bookmark).

Overall, there’s a TON in here.  I highly encourage you to try it out, and click around a lot.  There are a lot of ellipses everywhere, and there are ways to like things and save them, and send smiley faces and all kinds of stuff.

Like what you see and want to try it out with me?  Tomorrow, 11/30, on my live SharePoint Power Hour, I’ll be doing a demo of Microsoft Teams.  I’ll be using a demo tenant, and would like to invite 20 or so of you to come dig in and try it with me.

Here’s the recording from 11/30/2016:


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