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Microsoft Teams is the chat-based workspace in Office 365 that helps teams achieve more together. On the heels of today’s preview announcement, Microsoft Mechanics catches up with Dan Stevenson, principal group program manager for Microsoft Teams, who demonstrates step by step how to get started—from user experiences for chat and collaboration to what Office 365 administrators need to do to enable and manage Microsoft Teams.

Dan explains how Microsoft Teams brings together people, conversations, content and the tools teams need with a real focus on teams, and built around chat. The Microsoft Teams chat workspace integrates with all the familiar Office apps and capabilities, such as SharePoint document libraries, OneNote, Planner, Power BI, team calendar and more.

We walk through the process to launch Microsoft Teams in Office 365 in the browser, how to download the app and everything you can do within the apps for the desktop and mobile. Microsoft Teams works in the browser and apps are available for Windows, Mac, Android and iOS platforms. Dan also demonstrates the specifics on how to get Microsoft Teams running using the Office 365 admin center and the controls available for configuring and managing the experience for your organization. Check out today’s show to learn more.

—Jeremy Chapman

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  1. Disappointed I can’t turn on preview as I guess non-profits aren’t allowed at this point.

    • It finally showed for non-profits or at least for my organization. Thanks!!!

    • Non-profit here as well. From the Admin Portal go to Settings> Services & add-ins to enable it. The tile might not add, as it hasn’t for me, but if you go to teams.microsoft.com you can login or download the app. Working fine for myself and a group of test users.

    • You need to enable it using the Admin console. Teams is in preview and not enabled by default.

  2. Will this ever be available for Office 2013 or 2016 or is this going to be on on Office 365

    • Hi Michael – Microsoft Teams is part of Office 365 the online service, so it’s not dependent or integrated into a specific version of the Office client applications. You can sign up for an Office 365 subscription, and if you already have one, ask your IT admin to enable the preview of Microsoft Teams, then go to teams.microsoft.com to get started.

    • Ed, if you’re on one of the supported plans (E1, E3 & E5 I believe) then I think you should be able to enable it. I’m a partner but have smaller companies as clients using the E3 plan who were able to enable teams.

      • I am looking at a tenant now from a small company with only O365 Business licenses and I can enable Teams!

    • You need to enable it through the Admin console. Teams is in preview and not enabled by default.

    • Hello Chris. I’m an administrator for an educational tenant in the Netherlands. I can confirm that I can see the option to enable Teams for our tenant.

        • I’m getting the same error. I was able to enable Teams for our Office 365 Education account, but it’s been about 48 hours now and I still get that error. Would be nice to find some sort of definitive answer from Microsoft regarding Education customers so I can stop wasting my time searching and asking everywhere.

          • Hi folks. Microsoft Teams is not yet supported for users with Edu licenses. It will be available to users with Business or Enterprise licenses in an “Edu” tenant, but not yet for users with Edu licenses.

  3. I am wondering how this tool adds value to, overrides or overlaps with Yammer. Is this supposed to be an evolution of Yammer, or are they going to be working in parallel?

    • My opinion, but if you are using Yammer stick with it now. But I predict the marketing push for Yammer will fall to zero very quickly within Microsoft. Certainly the new Yammer/Office 365 Groups integration is a good step forward though, so stick with Yammer if you already use it; you won’t be missing out on much except the desktop PC/Mac apps.

  4. Whats is Microsoft view on “what to use when”.
    How do I position this with my users and explain that you should use a “Team” when you want … so that …
    This looks very similar to “Groups” (the video says Teams is based on Groups in the back end). So when should I use a “Group” instead. How does this tie in with the roadmap given that Groups File repository is to become a full SharePoint site. Will Teams also get this.
    Sorry for all the questions, just trying to understand how I position this in my company.

    • I think Office 365 Group Conversations will be depreciated soon enough. Start with a Team and then embrace O365 Group features as the need evolves. Team files are just folders inside of a O365 Groups Files. Users can approach and use different features of Groups via other features such as Planner and Teams.
      Teams features can be added to existing O365 Groups very easily.

  5. Add a task tracker and I’ll be set!

  6. Hello everyone. I already activated the Microsoft Teams and I can access using https://teams.microsoft.com, thank you for that. What I have to do to the Teams tile appear with others tiles?

    Thank you!

  7. Microsoft Team is very nice initiative for internal organization. but i have one query.. when i sync my accounts to cloud i only can see few attributes in Microsoft team profile. example : i have updated two contact numbers in local AD and only replicating single number.. why its showing only few details where as i can able to see all the details in outlook. so here i do understand its just recently launched product. so will it take time to update my concern or it will be like as it is..

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