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 become part of a Microsoft Team?

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

  • To requst a new team site for your department, project, or initiative, complete the Teams Request Form
  • If you are added to a team, you will receive an email informing you that you are a member and include a link to access it. 

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

How do you get to the Team's information once I'm a member?

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?

How do I get notifications/updates from Teams?

To get the most out of Teams, make sure you have the Teams application installed. Both on desktops as well as mobile devices. This really helps when you don’t want email notifications as the apps will provide notifications.