Launched in 2017, Microsoft Teams had a quiet start. It was perceived as an visual upgrade to the ageing Skype platform rather than a potential new communication platform. Being used to Skype (despite the multitude of problems plaguing the users over the years), Microsoft Teams resided under the start menu, ignored and forgotten, in most corporate systems (initially Microsoft Teams was only accessible through corporate email IDs).
Rising Popularity of Microsoft Teams
Come 2020, when the entire world shifted to a remote working model, Microsoft Team’s adoption shot through the roof. This happened due to a couple of reasons:
Video conferencing became an integral part of work: Microsoft Teams was built from the ground-up as a video collaboration platform. Unlike Skype, Microsoft Teams had better options for screen-sharing, collaboration, whiteboarding etc. which proved to be a hit amongst the users.
Deep integration of Microsoft Teams with MS Office environment: Outlook being a major communication tools for most of the corporate world, Microsoft Teams enjoyed the benefits of its deep interfaced nature with the entire Microsoft ecosystem-users could easily set-up new Microsoft Teams meetings either through Outlook or through the Microsoft Teams application itself which proved to be of great convenience. Secondly, the ability of view the Outlook calendar through the Microsoft Teams application and ability to join a meet directly from the application further increased the overall convenience for end user.
Platform updates at the right moment: The Microsoft team rose up to the hour of the need amidst the pandemic and rolled out crucial features, previously missing from the platform but demanded by user, through updates rolled out with a high frequency. As such, the platform has quickly become a major player within the remote collaboration enabler space esp. for corporate environments. Also, opening up the Microsoft Teams environment for wider third-party application integration is only furthering the scope of this platform for various users.
Microsoft Teams may turn out to be the cloud office of tomorrow
With its bevy of features and increasing transition of majority of computer-related work to the cloud, Microsoft Teams may play the vital role of transitioning entire offices to the cloud in place of physical spaces. As people become more accustomed to the virtual workspace, the usage of this application along with its existing and upcoming features may turn Microsoft Teams into a truly cloud office for many organizations. These features are as follows:
1) Robust communication features:
To state the most obvious reason first, Microsoft Teams, through its improving communication features, is increasingly replacing in-person meetings. And its aim of making the virtual interaction more natural is only working in its favor for user adoption. A robust communication platform mitigates the needs for in-person meets to quite large extent, something so far perceived as only being achievable within a close proximity.
2) File sharing:
Microsoft Teams, with its integration with SharePoint, has become a popular way of storing, sharing and accessing files directly through the application instead of having to navigate to a particular URL through a browser. And this is one of the primary reasons why an entire office may soon be able to operate entirely through Microsoft Teams.
3) Rising bevy of features and applications:
With its growing partnerships with third-party developers, the Microsoft Teams ecosystem is expanding with passing day. Previously where separate tools were required for project management, approvals etc., the same are being made readily available and easily accessible through Microsoft Teams. Talk about “one ring to rule them all”.
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