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Getting started with Teams

What is Teams?

Teams is an app within the Microsoft 365 suite of products. It enables you to work closer and smarter with colleagues together in a single shared workspace.

Think of Teams as a place to hang out with your team and colleagues to work together on projects and share ideas or workloads.

How does it make my life easier?

Within one window, you can use a variety of tools to help you work more effectively. Rather than searching for old emails and files, Teams gives you handy access to all your files and conversations, all in the one place.

In Teams you can:

  • Create, share, edit and work together on documents at the same time as your colleagues
  • Create your own Teams and theme-based work areas called Channels to help organise and keep your team tasks, activities and files in one place
  • Draw, sketch and write together using interactive whiteboards
  • Take quick polls using the chat function

A quick video guide to Microsoft Teams

Microsoft video

What’s the difference between Skype and Teams?

Skype remains our main telephony system and you should continue to use this to make calls.  

There are more functions in Teams that enable collaborative working across the Council and with external organisations. Real time document sharing and editing will reduce time with all information stored in the one place.

Let’s get started

How do I log on?

Click on the icon to access the MS365 Homepage 

You can open a web version of Teams from here. If you are a member of any existing Team, you will see a list on the left hand side of the screen. 

You can also install the Teams app to your desktop. On the Teams Homepage – click on the 3 dots next to your profile at the top right of your screen and select download the desktop app.  

You may already have Teams on your desktop.

Microsoft Teams shortcut

How do I join a meeting?

Meetings in Teams include audio, video, and screen sharing. They’re one of the key ways to collaborate in Teams. It’s best to join via the Teams app or web app. You can also join by link, calendar, channel or chat.

For more help with joining meetings, visit our Meetings section. Here you’ll also find information on:

Using video in Teams
Scheduling a meeting in Teams

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