“Teams would be your heart for getting work with your staff –but we know that that is not the only way individuals communicate,” writes Marissa Salazar. “We’ve built this new integration between Outlook and Teams to ensure it is easy to collaborate no matter in which the conversation is taking place. The user can move an email conversation from Outlook, such as attachments, into a Teams chat or channel conversation by clicking on the’Share to Teams’ from Outlook. They can also talk about a conversation from Teams to an Outlook email by clicking the more options (‘…’) icon at a conversation.”
All-in-all, the February update includes a number of important improvements that are certain to help Microsoft continue gaining new users.
Microsoft is currently battling Slack for dominance in the corporate messaging area. Slack has just netted some high-profile clients, driven in part by companies who compete with Microsoft not wanting to be more dependent on their applications. On the flip side, Microsoft has at least double Slack’s user base and touts Teams’ deep integration with the rest of their software as a key benefit.
The update also brings targeted communication, enabling team members to use @mentions to send communication to everyone assigned to a certain tag. The update also rolls out the new SharePoint-based file experience for all customers. Another interesting feature is live captions in Teams meetings, which should help”those who are deaf or hard of hearing, have different levels of language proficiency, or are linking from loud locations.”
With this latest round of updates, this integration is front-and-center, starting with Outlook.