What is Microsoft Teams?

Microsoft Teams is an entirely new experience that brings together people, conversations, and content — along with the tools that teams need — so they can easily collaborate to achieve more. It’s naturally integrated with the familiar Office applications and is built from the ground up on the Microsoft Office 365 global, secure cloud.

What platforms does Microsoft Teams support?

Microsoft Teams runs on Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, and web platforms.

How do I access Microsoft Teams?

You must be licensed and either create a Microsoft Team or be added to a Microsoft Team. 

  • To create a team, visit SharePoint/ Teams Request Form to access the Teams Request Form.  
  • If you are added to a team, you will receive an e-mail giving you access. 

Either of these options will automatically license you to use Teams. 

Once you are licensed and a member of a Microsoft Team:

Can I collaborate with external colleagues using Microsoft Teams?

Yes, but the external colleague must use Office 365. UMB staff/students with @umaryland addresses utilize Office 365. users do not utilize Office 365 and cannot be added to a team. Including users outside the Office 365 infrastructure is on Microsoft's roadmap and should be available in the near future. 

What level of security and compliance does Microsoft Teams support?

Microsoft Teams has a broad set of global compliance and data protection requirements, which 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.

Microsoft Teams training?