Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is a unified communications platform that combines persistent workplace chat, video meetings, file storage (including collaboration on files), and application integration. The service integrates with the company's Office 365 subscription office productivity suite and features extensions that can integrate with non-Microsoft products. Microsoft Teams is a competitor to services such as Slack[4] and is the evolution and upgrade path from Microsoft Skype for Business.

Microsoft announced Teams at an event in New York, and launched the service worldwide on 14 March 2017.[5][6] It was created, and is currently led, by Brian MacDonald,[7] Corporate Vice President at Microsoft.

Microsoft Teams
Microsoft Office Teams (2018–present)
Microsoft Teams' channel tab, as seen on Microsoft Windows application
Microsoft Teams' channel tab, as seen on Microsoft Windows application
Stable release
Android1416/ / June 17, 2019[1]
iOS1.0.76 / June 10, 2019[2]
Windows, macOS1.2.00.4664 / February 28, 2019[3]
Operating systemWindows, macOS, iOS, Android
Size176 MB IOS, 45.34 MB Android
Available in26 languages
List of languages
English, Akan, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian Bokmål, Norwegian Nynorsk, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Traditional Chinese and Turkish
TypeCollaborative software
LicenseProprietary commercial cloud software


On 4 March 2016, news broke that Microsoft had considered bidding $8 billion for Slack, but that Bill Gates was against the purchase, stating that the firm should instead focus on improving Skype for Business.[8] Qi Lu, EVP of Applications and Services, was leading the push to purchase Slack.[9] After the departure of Lu later that year, Microsoft announced Teams to the public as a direct competitor to Slack on 2 November 2016.[10][11]

Slack ran a full-page advertisement in the New York Times acknowledging the competing service. Though Slack is used by 28 companies in the Fortune 100, The Verge wrote executives will question paying for the service if Teams provides a similar function in their company's existing Office 365 subscription at no added cost.[12] ZDNet reported that the companies were not competing for the same audience, as Teams, at the time, did not let members outside the subscription join the platform, and small businesses and freelancers would have been unlikely to switch.[13] Microsoft has since added this functionality.[14] In response to Teams' announcement, Slack deepened in-product integration with Google services.[15]

On 3 May 2017 Microsoft announced Microsoft Teams would replace Microsoft Classroom in Office 365 Education (formerly known as Office 365 for Education).[16][17] On 7 September 2017, users began noticing a message that stated "Skype for Business is now Microsoft Teams".[18] This was confirmed on 25 September 2017, at Microsoft's annual Ignite conference.[19]

On 12 July 2018, Microsoft announced a free version of Microsoft Teams, offering most of the platform's communication options for no charge but limiting number of users and team file storage capacity.[20]

In January 2019, Microsoft released an update targeting "Firstline Workers" in order to improve interoperability of Microsoft Teams between different computers for retail workers.[21]



Teams allow communities, groups, or teams to join through a specific URL or invitation sent by a team administrator or owner. Teams for Education allows admins and teachers to set up specific teams for classes, professional learning communities (PLCs), staff members and everyone.[22]


Within a team, members can set up channels. Channels are topics of conversation that allow team members to communicate without the use of email or group SMS (texting). Users can reply to posts with images, GIF's and custom made memes.

Direct messages allow users to send private messages to a specific user rather than a group of people.

Connectors are third party services that can submit information to the channel, some connectors include MailChimp, Facebook Pages, Twitter and Bing News.


Teams supports public switched telephone network (PSTN) conferencing allowing users to call phone numbers from the client.


Meetings can be scheduled or created ad-hoc and users visiting the channel will be able to see that a meeting is currently in progress. Teams also has a plugin for Microsoft Outlook to invite others into a Teams meeting.[23]


Microsoft Teams allows teachers to distribute, provide feedback, and grade student assignments turned-in via Teams using the Assignments tab, available to Office 365 for Education subscribers.[24] Quizzes can also be assigned to students through an integration with Office Forms.[25]


As of November 2017, the following Microsoft Teams clients are available:

  • Windows and MacOS: Included with Office 365 or available for free
  • iOS: Microsoft app in iTunes app store[26]
  • Android: Microsoft app in Google Play[27]
  • Windows 10 Mobile and Windows Phone 8.1 Web App[28]

See also

Similar discontinued Microsoft products


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Adobe XD

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XD supports vector design and website wireframing, and creating simple interactive click-through prototypes.

Asana (software)

Asana () is a web and mobile application designed to help teams organize, track, and manage their work. Forrester, Inc. reports that “Asana simplifies team-based work management.” It was founded in 2008 by Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz and ex-Google-and-Facebook engineer Justin Rosenstein, who both worked on improving the productivity of employees at Facebook. The product launched commercially in April 2012. In December 2018 the company was valued at $1.5B.


AudioCodes Ltd. is a vendor of advanced voice networking and media processing solutions for the digital workplace. The company designs, develops and sells products, solutions and services to enable enterprises and service providers to build and operate all-IP voice networks for unified communications (UC), contact centers and hosted business services.

AudioCodes' international headquarters and R&D facilities are located in Israel, with branch offices in the United States, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Italy, UK, Poland, South Africa, Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Peru and Mexico.

Channel 9 (Microsoft)

Channel 9 is a Microsoft community site for Microsoft customers created in 2004. It hosts video channels, discussions, podcasts, screencasts and interviews.

Channel 9, launched in 2004 when Microsoft's corporate reputation was at a low, was the company's first blog. It was named after the United Airlines audio channel that lets airplane passengers listen in on unfiltered conversation in the cockpit, to reflect its strategy of publishing conversations among Microsoft developers, rather than its chairman Bill Gates who had previously been the "face" of Microsoft.

This made it an inexpensive alternative to Microsoft's Professional Developers Conference, then the main public platform where customers and outside developers could speak to Microsoft employees without the intervention of the company's PR department.The Channel 9 team have produced interviews with Bill Gates, Erik Meijer and Mark Russinovich.

Channel 9 formerly featured a wiki based on Microsoft's own FlexWiki. The wiki had been used to provide ad hoc feedback to various Microsoft teams such as the Internet Explorer team as well as for teams such as Patterns & Practices to promote discussion, although some teams have migrated to CodePlex.

Electron (software framework)

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List of Microsoft Office programs

Microsoft Office is a set of interrelated desktop applications, servers and services, collectively referred to as an office suite, for the Microsoft Windows and macOS operating systems.

This list contains all the programs that are, or have been, in Microsoft Office since it began.

List of Microsoft software

Microsoft Corporation is a leading developer of PC software. It is best known for its Windows operating system, the Microsoft Office family of productivity software plus services, and the Visual Studio IDE. The company also publishes books (through Microsoft Press) and video games (through Microsoft Studios), and produces its own line of hardware. The following is a list of the notable Microsoft software applications.

Messaging apps

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Some examples of popular messaging apps include WhatsApp, China's WeChat and QQ Messenger, Viber, Line, Snapchat, Korea's KakaoTalk, Google's Hangouts, Blackberry Messenger, Telegram, and Vietnam's Zalo. Slack focuses on messaging and file sharing for work teams. Some social networking services offer messaging services as a component of their overall platform, such as Facebook's Facebook Messenger, along with Instagram and Twitter's direct messaging functions.Messaging apps are the most widely used smartphone apps with in 2018 over 1.3 billion monthly users of WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger, 980 million monthly active users of WeChat and 843 million monthly active users of QQ messages app

Microsoft Classroom

Microsoft Classroom was an online blended learning platform for schools that aimed to simplify grading assignments and student communication in a paperless way. It was introduced for Office 365 Education subscribers in April 2016.On May 18, 2017 Microsoft announced the retirement of Microsoft Classroom, which was completed on January 31, 2018. Some features of Microsoft Classroom became part of Microsoft Teams in Office 365 Education.

Microsoft NetMeeting

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Office 365

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After a beta test that began in October 2010, Microsoft launched Office 365 on June 28, 2011, as a successor to Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS), originally aimed at corporate users. With the release of Microsoft Office 2013, Microsoft expanded Office 365 to include new plans aimed at different types of businesses, along with new plans aimed at general consumers, including benefits tailored towards Microsoft consumer services such as OneDrive (whose integration with Office was a major feature of the 2013 suite).In the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2017, Office 365 revenue overtook that of conventional license sales of Microsoft Office software for the first time.


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Skype for Business

Skype for Business is an instant messaging client (IM) used with Skype for Business Server or with Skype for Business Online (available with Microsoft Office 365). Skype for Business is enterprise software.

On 11 November 2014, Microsoft announced that Skype for Business would replace Lync in 2015. The latest version of the communication software combines features of Lync and of the consumer software Skype. There are two user interfaces – organizations can switch their users from the default Skype for Business interface to the Skype for Business (Lync) interface.In September 2017, Microsoft announced that Microsoft Teams would replace Skype for Business eventually.On May 20, 2018, Microsoft retired Skype for Business on Windows Phone.

Slack (software)

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Teams is the plural form of team.

TEAMS may also refer to:

Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics, and Science (TEAMS), a competition sponsored by JETS

TEAMS (cable system), a Kenyan initiative to link the country to the rest of the world through a submarine fibre optic cable.

TEAMS, "The Consortium for the Teaching of the Middle Ages", originally a committee of the Medieval Academy of America

Texas Educational Assessment of Minimum Skills (TEAMS), a standardized test used in Texas prior to 1990

Microsoft Teams, a cloud platform for businesses and education.

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Tom Hadfield (born 1982 in Wakefield, England) created Soccernet, a sports Internet company, with his father, Greg Hadfield, when he was 12 years old. Soccernet was later sold to ESPN for $40 million when he was 17 years old. Two years later, he and his father were able to raise millions of dollars to launch the education website Tom Hadfield founded his latest site in 2009, AeroDesigns, Inc after graduating from Harvard University, and now acts as its Chief Executive Officer.In February 2002, Tom was named a 'Global Leader of Tomorrow' by the World Economic Forum in Davos. He is also a Patron of the UK National Youth Agency, and was a youth advisor to the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts in the UK. He graduated from Harvard University in 2008..

In July 2006, Hadfield was selected as a Goldman Sachs Global Leader, and attended the Global Leaders Institute in New York.

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Unify Square

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