Microsoft Teams: clearing the FUD

There’s been a number of blog posts and articles about Microsoft Teams since it was released less than a week ago.

Slack even wasted a lot of money getting a full page ad to stroke their egos while really cowering behind the couch.

Of course there’s also been the obligatory “Yammer is dead” posts.

So I thought I’d share a Microsoft Teams customer-facing pitch deck which explains how Microsoft Teams fits into the Office 365 world, alongside Yammer, Outlook, Office 365 Groups, and the others.

The important thing to note here is that Microsoft does not see that Microsoft Teams will do anything specific other than provide customers with another collaboration tool within the toolkit that is Office 365.

 

Initial quirks with Microsoft Teams

In my first day with Microsoft Teams I’ve found a few quirks that I thought were important to share.

Skype for Business integration

Integration between Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business is only available in Office 365. So if you are using Skype for Business Server – no integration for you. Come back, one year! (No, probably not that long. Seinfeld joke.)

Integration with Office 365 Groups

This can only be done at the time of Team creation – you cannot link to an existing Office 365 Group after the Team has been created.

Select your team, and away you go:

Accessing files from Office 365 Groups

You would think that Files would show the files that are stored inside the now-linked Office 365 Group, but no.

Because Groups and SharePoint Team Sites are now integrated you need to add a SharePoint site:

From there you can then select the Document Library within the Team Site, and the files will now show up under the SharePoint tab:

Can’t find existing Plans

This is the bit that frustrates me the most, and hopefully will be addressed before Microsoft Teams goes to General Availability (remember, it’s currently in Public Preview) – even if the Team is connected to a Group, it doesn’t seem to find the associated plan from Planner. Instead you are prompted to create a new plan:

More quirks as I find them. Hopefully some of these get ironed out. If you’re experiencing something different (with the Planner integration specifically) please let me know in the comments.