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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

them all.

 

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

subscription.

 

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

admin center.

 

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-

profit customers.

 

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

more languages.

 

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

teams.

 

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

organizations.

 

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

365 platform.

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