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Microsoft Teams is a collaboration tool designed to allow groups of people to work together on an initiative. All the team's content, people, tools and conversations are available in the Teams workspace. Teams integrates with Microsoft Office applications and is accessible through the cloud.

  • Active students, faculty and staff are eligible for Microsoft Teams.
  • There are no costs to use this product.
  • Teams is available in the Microsoft Office 365 portal and can be directly accessed at Use ‘username’ to log in.
  • Teams is also available as a desktop or a mobile application.
    • If you prefer a dial-in feature, the only way to connect via mobile is through the mobile app.
    • The desktop app can be downloaded at
    • Mobile applications can be found in the iOS App Store or Google Play Store.

The University Help Desks can help you get logged in and started. Please use the training resources below as your primary source of support.


Use chat rather than email for short, conversational messages like "Can we postpone tomorrow's meeting?" or "Nice job with customer X." You can keep favorite chats, channels and teams at the top of your list for quick access by right-clicking on the item and clicking Favorite next to the name.

Use chat to:

  • Chat one-on-one or with a group.
  • Peronalize your messages with emoji, memes and GIFs.
  • Share file.
  • Bring others into your conversation with @mention.

Audio Conferencing

Audio conferencing is available in Teams, allowing meeting invitees to join by phone. Using a phone to join a meeting can be useful when you're on the road or somewhere with limited bandwidth. Reset your PIN.


Teams and Channels

Teams are collections of people, content, and tools surrounding different projects and jobs within an organization. Team members can share conversations, files, notes, and more.

Channels are team conversations which have been grouped by subject matter or topic. Create a channel for topics and workflows relevant to your team.

It's generally better to have more channels and fewer teams. You can upload relevant documents to each channel for easy access. You can also pin a SharePoint site or OneNote notebook to a channel for additional ways to share information.

Learn how to create teams and channels.

Guests in Teams

Guest access is available for Teams. Guests must have a Microsoft 365 account to join. Find out how Team owners can add guests.


File Sharing


Reviewed 2020-12-07