Microsoft Teams Coming to Campus

Microsoft Teams LogoCollaborating efficiently with your colleagues is an important part of everyday work. Making sure that all of the loose ends of a large project end up in a nice bow at the end of the day can be a daunting task. There are all kinds of collaboration and communication platforms that have popped up in recent years, allowing teams to quickly come together to share and store information. One of these platforms is Microsoft Teams, and OIT will be introducing Teams to campus in the coming months!

Microsoft Teams provides an environment where teams of any size can meet, chat, collaborate, and get things done from anywhere. Teams can even include people outside the University, so everyone involved in your projects can stay in the loop. Each team within the organization can create separate “channels” for specific projects, tasks, or other information to keep things organized. Cloud applications and services can also be integrated with Teams, including Office 365, Twitter, Power BI, YouTube, and more. With all of these tools in one central location, you can focus on your work without getting caught up in an e-mail nightmare.

Check out this quick video for more info on what Teams can do:

When will Teams be available?

Microsoft Teams will be rolled out gradually to all of the schools and departments this spring. A pilot program is currently taking place in limited areas for testing and deployment planning. For more information on Teams and to log in, visit or call the IT Help Desk. LinkedIn Learning also has an essentials course to help you get started.

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Zach Peterson

Zach is a Senior IT Training & Communications Consultant with OIT. Zach began his SMU career at the IT Help Desk in 2012 and joined the Training & Communications Team in 2015. He is a 2011 graduate from the University of North Texas and obtained a Master of Liberal Studies degree from SMU in 2018. He enjoys reading and collecting vintage and antique radio sets. He grew up in Valley View, Texas near Denton.