Keep your sanity intact when it comes to projects, with Microsoft Teams

Keep your sanity intact when it comes to projects, with Microsoft Teams

When you’re working on a big project, it can be hard work at the best of times, even when you’re all together in the same office space. The challenges become greater, when you add distance and not being able to see each other in person, into the mix. One of the best ways we’ve found for removing the frictions that come associated with remote working, is making sure the tools you’re using are completely fit for purpose and well-suited to everyone. For this, we recommend Microsoft Teams in particular.

What’s so great about Microsoft Teams?

Since it was launched, it’s the fastest growing app in the history of Microsoft – more than 330,000 companies are using Teams worldwide very successfully, and they can’t all be wrong!

#1 Not just about the chit chat

When you conjure an image of MS Teams in your head, what are you thinking of? Video calling? Chat? Well yes, it does have both of those features but the power of it goes far beyond that. Within the chat feature, you can share files or integrate it with other Microsoft products like OneNote or Office which means you don’t need to keep switching windows to find information that you need. You can even schedule meetings straight from chat – what a timesaver!

#2 Streamline your meetings

Hands up who likes hosting meetings? We thought not. In the age of virtual meetings especially, it’s easy to get involved in something and then realise 5 minutes beforehand that you need to find the agenda, agreed action points from somewhere else, and there was another document you wanted to go through- where’s that?

Meetings in Teams are a breeze. As soon as you’ve created the meeting you can chat to participants about the agenda, share files so they can all see them, and keep the meeting notes all in one place for easy access and finding. Once the meeting is over, the recording is available right alongside the notes and agreed actions – easy for anyone who missed the meeting, and a great way to keep on top of things.

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A reduction of the dreaded emails

By structuring the conversation in Teams, in a way that suits your business, quick conversations can be held here rather than clogging up your inbox and giving you more stuff to wade through every time you check it.

Collaborate on documents from within Teams

Teams integrates seamlessly with Office 365, which means there’s no need to switch apps when collaborating on a document. You can create one, and share it with your teammates immediately so you can work on it together – it’s as easy as pie.

Get the app!

If your work takes you beyond the desk, then there’s no need to miss out on important conversation. You can download the Teams app and have access to all of your apps and documents as well as chatting, and joining meetings. You’ve got the power!

Would you like to know more? Give us a call on 01732 617788 or drop us an email to [email protected]. We’ve also got a guide about how to download and set up Teams to make the most out of it. You can download that here.

I’ve got a plan…

I’ve got a plan…

And I bet you have too.

In fact, you’re probably full of new plans to make your business even better this year.

But how do you keep your plans all in one place? Making sure everyone involved can see the progress and what action they need to take to get it completed?

Microsoft Planner, of course!

It’s part of Teams. If you’re new to it, don’t worry. We’ve created a handy short how to video, to show you how it works.

Watch our new video right now:

 

 

Translate business documents with Microsoft Translator

Translate business documents with Microsoft Translator

As more and more businesses are working with partners across the world, the ability to translate business documents only continues to grow in importance. If you find pasting text into Google Translate a time-consuming challenge then never fear, there’s a smarter solution that may have been right under your nose without you even realizing it.

Microsoft Translator

Easily translate text within Office 365. You can send and understand documents within the programme you’re using whether that be Word, Excel, or PowerPoint.

Watch our video to see it in action:

Office 365 is packed full of features so it’s understandable if some of them have passed you by. If you’d like to know more about what’s available to aid the smooth day-to-day running of your business, give us a call on 01732 617788 or drop us an email to [email protected]