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Microsoft’s ‘Teams’ Makes Office Skills More Valuable

Microsoft has launched a new collaboration tool called Teams. It’s meant to take on competing software, including Slack, a relatively new entry that’s carved out a significant chunk of the collaboration marketplace. Microsoft is hoping Teams’ killer feature will give it the upper edge. The killer feature? Office 365.

Office is integrated directly into Teams, which ought to make it easy for employees to work together on projects without having to juggle between multiple apps. The upshot is that if you’re already familiar with Office and your employer uses Teams, you already have the skills you’ll need to succeed in that kind of work environment.

From Financial Post:

While, like other products, Teams also provides audio calling from mobile devices, a file repository (based on SharePoint), video calling (though only on Android at the moment; iOS and Windows Phone are coming), and both private and group chats, Office components such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, SharePoint and Power BI are built in, with access depending, of course, on the customer’s Office 365 subscription. Teams also includes Outlook/Exchange features such as free/busy calendar availability, meeting recurrence, and a scheduling assistant that helps figure out the best time for a meeting.