Microsoft Teams to be unveiled with Cloud, Skype and Twitter integrations. Microsoft has confirmed with an official press release the global release of Microsoft Teams next Tuesday, on March 14th. The tech giant will hold an online event to celebrate the release that will be streamed live, with Microsoft Corporate Vice President Kirk Koenigsbauer and a special guest hosting the unveil. Those keen to tune in can expect some fanfare, presentations, and demonstrations of the key innovations, and perhaps even some new features that Microsoft have kept under wraps.
Integration of Office 365 products, enhanced productivity and streamlining workflows
Microsoft teams has been designed to function as a platform that integrates all Office 365 products, and in the process will streamline workflows and productivity. Currently, users have to switch between different productivity and communication apps, which can be time-consuming and cumbersome for both users and IT support services.
Twitter, Skype and more third party app integration
We already know of several main features that Teams will have, such as the ability to connect Twitter accounts to chat rooms and the integration of Skype audio and voice calls. The incorporation of these third party apps will be central to the Teams chat services, and hopefully, there will be further integrations revealed. Microsoft has described Teams as a ‘chat based workspace’.
Connecting workflows with the cloud
Cloud integration will also be a function with a feature called Tabs, but Microsoft has not confirmed which cloud services will be included. However, we expect all the main players such as Google Drive, Box, and Dropbox to be present. Users will be able to send GIF’s via GIPHY and ping individual users by typing the '@' symbol.
Free access for existing Microsoft subscribers but no free entry level version
Teams will be free to those who are signed up to a subscription plan with Business Essentials, Business Premium, and Enterprise E1, E3, E5 and the now defunct E4, and will run on Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, and the Web. There will not be a completely free of cost entry level version. Up until now access to Teams has been restricted to just a select number of preview users.