Microsoft unveiled its long-rumored collaboration tool at an event in New York. Dubbed Microsoft Teams, it’s a forthcoming Office 365 component that adds a group chat tool to the office suite.
Microsoft wants Teams to serve as an amalgamation of all of its Office 365 products, instead of having to constantly switch between various productivity and communication apps. There’s also a feature called ‘Tabs,’ that allows you to integrate various cloud services.
Teams isn’t the only social product in Office 365. Back in 2012, Microsoft introduced Yammer, a social networking tool for the enterprise. And Microsoft confirms that even with the rise of Teams, Yammer isn’t going anywhere.
- Yammer acts a little bit more like a bulletin board, where people can post status updates, links and documents, and chat around them.
- Microsoft Teams is more like Slack or any other chat program. It’s more about on-the-fly, free-ranging conversations for groups of smaller teams; though you can still post documents and web apps and talk about those, too.
Microsoft Teams is currently available in preview and will launch for all Office 365 business customers in early 2017.
Read more about Teams on Microsoft’s Office Blog.