Welcome to Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is a chat-centered workspace in Office 365. It brings people, conversations, files, and tools into one place, so everyone has instant access to everything they need.

To get started using Microsoft Teams:

  1. Go to your University O365 Webmail
  2. Click the “waffle” in the upper left corner
  3. Under “apps”, find “Teams”
  4. Click the “Download Teams for Desktop” link in the bottom left-hand corner
  5. Install Teams for your operating system (Windows or OSX).
  6. Any Teams you belong to will show up on the left-hand pane of the Teams download.

Watch a video about accessing the Teams application. 

Multi-factor authentication and Office 365 applications

Implementation of multi-factor authentication (MFA) with Microsoft Office 365 applications - including Teams - when off-campus will begin mid-2020. The university will use Duo to provide additional authentication to prove you are who you say you are before accessing the Office 365 suite of products. OIT recommends using the Microsoft Teams desktop or mobile device application for access to all your Teams from your phone or other mobile device.  

More information about accessing Teams remotely once multi-factor authentication is implemented with Office 365 is available on our Microsoft Office 365 page

Helpful Tips for Setting Up Teams

  1. Create a Team: Hints for naming Teams...
    • The name of the Team is public, even if the content is private
    • Be specific, Include segment, business unit or department prefixes and acronyms
    • Include “Project Team” or “Working Group” for Teams set up around commonly-known programs and services
  2. Channels:
    • Dedicated sections within a Team to keep conversations organized
    • Organize by topic, department, client, project
    • Currently, everyone on a Team has access to every channel. Private channels are coming soon.
    • Every channel has its own conversation space, apps, notebook, document library, etc. These are organized as tabs across the top.
    • Create a channel video
  3. Tabs: Tabs, added along the top of a channel, can contain a document from your files area which is especially important to that channel (such as a project charter), or an application like a Planner project plan, a Youtube video, or a polling application like Polly. Learn more about tabs.
  4. Notify others: Notify your teammates about conversations in Teams. The Teams equivalent of addressing someone on the To: line in an email is  @-mention. You can @mention an entire team, a channel, or an individual. Teams offers an opportunity to replace email threads with Teams conversations. Learn more.
  5. Integrate apps: Apps, bots, and connectors integrate into a channel. You can get data from your social media accounts like Twitter or Facebook, have a personal assistant schedule meetings and track your packages, or keep your project plans in a channel for all to find. Learn more about using apps with Teams.