How to create a team in Microsoft Teams

How to create a team in Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is one of the new tools that comes as part of Office 365. It’s both a collaboration and communication tool that creates a virtual workspace for your teams to interact with one another. It’s a great tool for changing the way in which people communicate. Instead of having multiple email threads on the same topic, the application allows for conversations to be more natural and inclusive. You will no longer have people replying to messages when half an hour has passed and the conversation has gone in a completely different direction. In this blog we are going to show you how to create a team in Microsoft Teams.

Open the application

The first step to creating a Team is of course opening the application. This may seem obvious, but some people can find it difficult to find the new tools in Office 365. You can access Teams by logging into your Office 365 account via a browser. You can then choose Teams from the dashboard. As you start to use the feature more you may want to install the application on your PC and mobile devices to make things easier.

Navigating Teams

The Teams screen will show you any recent conversations you have had. On the right-hand side of the page you will be able to see different areas such as notifications, conversations, teams, meetings and files.

Teams view

When you click on ‘Teams’ you will be taken to all the different teams that you are part of. You might have different teams for each department or you might have separate teams for specific projects. For example, your operations and marketing teams might be working on a specific thing together.

Creating a new team

To create a new team, all you need to do is click on ‘Add team’ in the bottom left-hand corner of the page. The button is next to your profile picture. When you click on this you will need to click on another button ‘Create team’ and then you will be taken to a form to fill in.

You will need to name your team and give it a description. You will also need to choose whether the team is private so that only team members can add members or whether it is public and anyone in the organisation can join. You then just need to press next.

Adding team members

You will then be asked to add the members of the team. All you will need to do is type their name and click ‘add’. When you’re done adding members you just need to click ‘close’.

You have now finished creating your team. While you have literally created it in the application, you can now build it in different ways using the features available to you. You can add new members, set up new discussion channels and start conversations.

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