Meetings + Chat
There are dozens of modern communications tools available but for business you want something professional based on your email address. Text conversations which only other staff can see. Video and audio calling for hundreds of users for a conference. Team collaboration tools for internal and external stake holders. Find some ideas here, and watch the YouTube video "Business Practices That Refuse to Die" - which explains why you should consider a chat solution.
Chat, calls and meetings for today’s teams
Communicate in the moment and keep everyone in the know. Stay connected with chat, calls, and meetings within your team and in private or small group conversations. Schedule and join online Skype meetings with HD video, VoIP, and dial-in audio conferencing options. Share your files, apps or desktop in online meetings and review the important moments later with transcriptions of recorded content.
Integrated Office 365 apps
Give your team built-in access to everything they need right in Office 365. Manage all your conversations, files, and tools in one team workspace. Enjoy instant access to SharePoint, OneNote, PowerBI, and Planner. Create and edit documents right in the app. Keep the team in the loop with email integration. Search across people, files, and chats with intelligence from Microsoft Graph.
Customizable and extensible
Tailor your Teams workspace to include key cloud services, explore data and get updates from the apps your teams use everyday. Create custom channels based on work streams or topics. Pin commonly used files and websites for easy reference. Add Bots that work on your team’s behalf.
Enterprise security, compliance and manageability
Microsoft Teams provides the enterprise-level security, compliance and management features you expect from Office 365, including broad support for compliance standards, and eDiscovery and legal hold for channels, chats, and files. Microsoft Teams encrypts data at all times, at-rest and in-transit, and includes multi-factor authentication to enhance identity protection. On-call support engineering are standing by for back-up anytime.
Have important conversations your way
Break the email chains and hold real conversations. Reach the whole team with instant messaging, HD video and crystal-clear voice calls for 1:1 or group conversations.
Put your heads together
Groups are shared spaces for teams to gather around a project, or even to collaborate with other organizations. Create as many as you need, all with secure file sharing and unlimited storage.
Share and see the news that matters to your organization
Take the pulse of your business and post important updates as they happen. Your personalized News Feed keeps you connected to your work, your team and the heart of your organization.
Connect your favorite tools
Workplace connects easily to the software you already use. Share from Box, Microsoft® Office, Google™ Calendar and many more. Customized security and single sign-on support make deployment a breeze.
Video meetings for your business.
Connect with your team from anywhere. With easy-to-join video calls, you can meet face to face without the added cost of travel.
Enjoy frictionless meetings.
Meet takes the headaches out of joining a video call at work. Just set up a meeting and share a link. No worrying about whether teammates, clients, or customers have the right accounts or plug-ins.
Designed for every kind of business.
Meet is fully integrated with G Suite, so you can join meetings directly from a Calendar event or email invite. All of the important event details are right there when you need them, whether you’re joining from a computer, phone, or conference room.
Join meetings on the go.
With Meet's specially designed iOS and Android apps, you can see your meetings for the day with all the important information from Calendar, then join with a tap.
Hangouts Meet is included in a Google G Suite subscription.
A messaging platform built for teams
Whether in a 1:1 chat or a dedicated group workspace, Hangouts Chat makes it easy to collaborate with your team in an organized way. Share and discuss Docs, Sheets, and Slides all in one place.
Work seamlessly with other apps
Schedule meetings, create tasks, or get updates from your team right within Chat. In addition to useful integrations with G Suite apps, Chat connects to several third-party tools, helping you manage all of your work in one place.
Search with the power of Google
Powerful, filterable search across Hangouts Chat threads makes it easy to find what you need, when you need it. Search acts as a collective team memory, allowing you to review past discussions and decisions.
Securely message your team from any device
Chat is built with leading enterprise-grade security including mobile device management, single-sign-on, two-factor authentication, admin settings, compliance, and Vault retention, holds, search & export.
Hangouts Chat is included in a Google G Suite subscription.
Professional online meetings built for business.
Getting your team together is as easy as sharing a link.
With one click, anyone can join your online meeting, from any device. You can choose to meet right away, or schedule from Outlook for later. The meeting URL is personalized just for you.
Powerful collaboration tools for real-time input.
Record meetings, share your screen, and annotate PowerPoint for real-time collaboration with up to 250 people. Use whiteboard, polls, Q&A, and built-in IM during your business meetings to make them more productive.
Built for business, made by Microsoft.
Expertly manage your online meetings with advanced calling options, like muting one or all participants and transferring presenter control. Trust in business-quality meetings with encrypted video and audio streams, and 24/7 phone support when needed.
Sound amazing, look great.
Enjoy industry-leading HD video for online meetings that feel top quality and trustworthy. Focus more on the people in your call, with added features like automatic cropping and head tracking.
Where Teams Work
Bring your team together on Yammer. Make better decisions, faster.
Keep Your Team Up to Date
Organize all your team communication in one place with Yammer Groups. Create a single destination for your messages, files, and updates, where everyone has a view of what's going on without all the usual back-and-forth.
Work Smarter, Work Together
Find what you need, right when you need it. Yammer seamlessly enables connections to people and information from across your organization that you never knew existed, making it easier to move your work forward.
Move Work Forward
Spend less time crafting perfect emails, and more time doing. Conversations in Yammer make it easy to quickly share information on a topic, have active discussions around it, and agree on next steps.
Yammer is included in all Office 365 subscriptions.
Tools for the unique workstyle of every group
Office 365 applications
Familiar desktop applications such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint let you create and work together across devices, platforms, and teams. And the web and mobile versions of Office desktop applications help you get more done anywhere while helping keep your online files secure. Whether you’re working online or off from a desktop, tablet, or phone, Office 365 has you covered.
Business email and calendaring
Email helps you start a conversation in a familiar place. With a group inbox, calendar, and conversation, teams can self-organize and keep work moving forward. And they can share files as cloud attachments in email, and emphasize important conversations with @mentions.
File storage and sharing
Connect your people to their content with file storage and sharing. Cloud storage makes it simple to store, sync, and share files so anyone can access them confidently and securely. Manage shared documents and keep them at your fingertips no matter where you are with a mobile app that connects you to shared content.
Online meetings and business voice
Call, meet, and engage remotely and in real time with online meetings that include audio, HD video, instant messaging, and screen sharing. For advanced, cloud-based communications needs, you can meet, call, and text across a vast array of audio devices and IP phones.
A hub for teamwork
Microsoft Teams is a hub for teamwork with customizable options, security, and built-in access to familiar Office 365 apps. Bring together all your team’s chats, meetings, files, and apps so you can easily connect with people you work with on a regular basis on core projects.
Intranets and team sites
Inform and engage across your organization with a mobile and intelligent intranet.
Business process automation
Streamline, automate, and transform processes with rich forms, workflows, and custom mobile apps.
Enterprise social network
Empower employees across your organization to connect, share, and work better together.
Manage the complete lifecycle of enterprise information from beginning to end.
Create and share interactive content, presentations, personal stories, and more.
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Craig is a Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate: Office 365.
It’s the foundation for teamwork
Slack creates alignment and shared understanding across your team, making you more productive, less stressed, and just a little bit happier.
It simplifies communication
Slack brings all your team's communication together, giving everyone a shared workspace where conversations are organized and accessible.
It helps everyone find the answers they need
You don’t have to go to every meeting to stay informed. Slack builds a searchable archive of your team’s conversations, decisions, and work — made more useful with machine learning — putting knowledge in everyone’s hands.
It streamlines your workflows
Slack integrates with nearly every enterprise and productivity product available, and you can also build your own with our open API. Adding apps to Slack keeps your team coordinated and working faster, all within the context of your conversations.