Online chat communication has been a critical component for businesses for quite a while. Rather than having to wade through endless email chains or constantly walking over to a coworker’s desk, employees can quickly exchange messages and ask questions without interrupting their workflow. With the increased prevalence of remote work and hybrid offices after COVID-19, having an effective communication system is more important than ever. 

The question is what tool do you use? 

First, it’s important to understand your needs. Most businesses need more than a simple chat system. They also need collaborative tools that allow their team to work together no matter where they are. There are a lot of platforms that handle communication effectively. There are also a number of platforms that offer collaborative tools.  

However, there are few that handle both of these needs effectively. The truth is, if you want a singular platform that handles all of the communication and collaboration needs of a modern remote-ready business, your best choice is probably Microsoft Teams. 

What Makes Microsoft Teams Unique 

While Slack was the reigning champion of communication software for a few years, Microsoft Teams has surged past it in the past 2 years. Why? As an all-in-one communication platform, Teams offers all of the features you would expect: text chat, custom channels, voice calls, video calls, and more. Teams also features the broadcasting capabilities of Hangouts, and you can easily have external calls with non-Teams users. 

Think of it as Slack combined with Zoom and Hangouts. 

But Teams biggest advantage is arguably its integration with Office 365. Microsoft Office has long been the industry leader in word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations. With Office 365, these time-tested tools offer real-time collaboration, annotation tools, version tracking, cloud syncing, and much more. Combined with Microsoft Teams, Office 365 truly takes the workplace experience into the digital space. 

Simply stated, if your team is already using Office 365, there is no reason not to be using Teams. Even if your company isn’t currently using any Microsoft tools, it can be worth switching over so that your employees can enjoy these collaborative tools. Today’s Microsoft tools offer both desktop-based clients and browser applications, allowing you to work whichever way you’re most comfortable with. 

Still not convinced? We might be able to change that. 

Join Our Free Microsoft Teams Webinar 

As a Microsoft Silver Competency Cloud Partner, Expedient Technology Solutions has extensive experience helping businesses setup Microsoft tools. We’ve seen the benefits they can bring to modern businesses, which is why we’re hosting a free webinar focused on Microsoft Teams on Wed, Jul 21, 2021 from 9:00am – 10:00am EDT. 

Topics that will be covered include: 

  • Chat / Instant Messaging including private discussions or calls 
  • Voice and Video conferencing including external guests 
  • Channels and Tabs 
  • File Sharing 
  • Apps and Connectors to 3rd party software 
  • Don’t forget the inline animated GIFs      
  • We’ll end with time for Q&A 

To join, all you need to do is click the button below and register. Can’t make the specific date or time? Not a problem! We’ll be recording the webinar and posting it online. However, you still need to register. 

Ready to get started with Microsoft Teams now? Our Dayton, Ohio IT consultants can help. Expedient Technology Solutions has the certification and experience needed to get the most of Microsoft’s suite of tools. Contact us today to get started!

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