Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Office CVP Kirk Koenigsbauer revealed the new chat-based workspace in Office 365 called Microsoft Teams
Q: What is Microsoft Teams?
Microsoft Teams is a new chat-based workspace for Office 365 – the new hub for
teamwork. It brings together people, conversations, content, and the tools teams
need to collaborate. Different teams have different needs, and Office 365 welcomes
Q: When is Microsoft Teams preview available? When will Microsoft Teams be generally available?
Teams is available today in preview in 181 countries and 18 languages. It will be
generally available early next year.
Q: Is Microsoft Teams available as a standalone product?
Starting today, Microsoft Teams will be a part of the Office 365 portfolio in preview,
which means that the over 85M people who use Office 365 each month at work will
have this new, additional value included as part of their Office 365 enterprise
Q: How can I get Microsoft Teams?
If your organization is an Office 365 customer, you can get chat-centered, secure
collaboration with Microsoft Teams simply by having IT turn it on in the Office 365
Q: Which Office 365 plans will include Microsoft Teams?
Microsoft Teams is available in most Office O365 commercial suites: Business
Essentials, Business Premium, E1, E3, and E5. Microsoft Teams will also be available
to customers who purchased E4 prior to its retirement. Teams is also available to non-
Q: Can I use Microsoft Teams on my mobile device?
Yes, Microsoft Teams is available across devices on Android, iOS and Windows Phone.
You can download the Microsoft Teams app in US-English from the Apple App Store,
Google Play Store and Microsoft Store. In the coming weeks it will be available in 17
Q: Is Microsoft Teams a secure way for organizations to collaborate?
Yes, it includes the enterprise-level security and compliance organizations expect
from Office 365. Microsoft Teams is expected to be Office 365 Tier C compliant at
launch. This broad set of global compliance and data protection requirements
includes ISO 27001, ISO 27018, EUMC, SOC 1 Type I & II, SOC 2 Type I and II, HIPAA
and FERPA. Microsoft Teams also enforces two-factor authentication, single sign on
through Active Directory and encryption of data in transit and at rest.
Q: How is this different from other Office 365 collaboration tools?
We don’t believe one size fits all when it comes to collaboration. The context of what
you’re doing and your preference for work style dictate the tool you use. The bottom
line is that there’s no single tool or application that can single handedly solve for all of
the collaboration needs inside an organization. That’s why we’ve built Office 365 to
deliver a complete group collaboration solution that meets the needs of diverse
Q: What customers are currently testing out Microsoft Teams?
We’re thrilled about the early excitement and adoption we’re seeing. Customers like
Alaska Airlines, Accenture, Hendrick Motorsports, Valorem and more have already
started using Microsoft Teams and have shared positive early feedback on how it is
allowing their dynamic teams to collaborate in an even greater capacity than before.
Now that we’re in public preview, we’re excited to get Microsoft Teams into the hands
of more customers so they can spur innovation and collaboration in their
Q: What partners and bots are involved with Microsoft Teams?
Today we are opening our developer preview program broadly, so ISVs and Partners
can extend Microsoft Teams. We will have integrations with over 150 Partners at GA,
including early partners Zendesk, Asana, Hootsuite, and Intercom. Out of the gate,
Teams will ship with over 70 Connectors and 85 Bots. This is a key first step in
providing the customization users want, and for partners to further build on the Office