Introduction to Microsoft Teams
Updated on 9 December 2020
Microsoft Teams is a centralised hub for communication and collaboration within a team, department or student group, allowing you to share content and access other apps
Microsoft Teams integrates directly with all Microsoft 365 applications such as SharePoint and Planner, making it easy for you to communicate and collaborate securely wherever you are with students and staff.
- Collaborate - work with your team in real-time enabling you to edit documents and discuss ideas collaboratively
- Group Chat - send instant messages to your team
- Online Virtual Meeting - host or join and collaborate with Virtual Meetings
- Share - your screen, PowerPoint Presentation, running programs, interactive whiteboard and more with other people
- Audio Calls - make high-quality audio calls with an individual or a group of colleagues
- Assignments - support and discuss an appointment with a student group
Get Microsoft Teams on your device
Microsoft Teams is available to all University of Dundee Students and Staff.
If you have a username that doesn’t include your ID number (students) or end with a number (staff), make sure you enter it correctly.
Features of teams
- Create Teams and channels for tracking projects, conversations, files, and meetings
- Chat with text, audio, video, and file sharing
- Store all your files, docs, and more in one place
- Schedule meetings that automatically integrate with your existing Outlook calendar
- Meet with up to 250 people at the same time
- Share your desktop, applications, or a whiteboard during meetings
- Automatically record and upload video, audio, and shared content from meetings to Microsoft Stream
- Presence indication based on each person's Teams activity, manual status settings, and Outlook calendar
- Integrate your favourite apps - Planner, Trello, GitHub, and many more
How Teams can help you work together
Chat-based team workspaces
- Chat instantly with peers and colleagues from on or off-campus
- Quickly get in touch using video calls
- Create teams to organise your files, tasks and projects
- Customise your Team workspace to fit your needs
Desktop and mobile apps
- Stay connected from your Windows or Mac computer, or on the go with the Android and iOS mobile apps
- Configure your notifications, so you never miss a message or project update
Integrated Office apps and OneDrive
- Work together on documents with integrated Microsoft 365 apps, like Word and Excel
- Easily access and share files from your OneDrive account, right from the app
Training and support resources
You can download a printable getting started guide from UoD IT, and use the following resources from Microsoft to learn more about Teams.
- Introduction to Microsoft Teams - video 2:42 mins
- Microsoft Teams features training – chat, call, video and meeting training videos
- Microsoft Teams quick start guide for education
- Use Cases for Microsoft Teams for higher education
- Microsoft Teams help centre
- Microsoft Teams interactive demo
More guides from Microsoft
- How do I Chat through Microsoft Teams?
- How to use Meetings and Calls in Teams?
- How do I collaborate with Teams?
- What are Teams and Channels?
- How do I create a new team?
- How do I add a team member?
- How do I start a private chat?
- How do I add guests to a team?
- How do I set guest permissions?
- What's the difference between a team and a channel?
- What does it mean to be @mentioned?
- What are apps in Teams, and why would I use them?