Microsoft Teams is a communication and collaboration tool designed to connect team members and enhance collaboration.

Key Features and Benefits

  • Unlimited chat and search. Communicate with your team and always stay up to date with free chat and search capabilities.
  • Online meetings and video calling. Get your whole team on the same page with free, built-in meetings and audio or video calling.
  • Real-time collaboration with Office. Work together using Office apps for the web, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote.
  • Team and personal file storage. Enjoy 10 GB of team file storage and 2 GB of personal file storage per person.

Getting Started
To help you identify the problem confirm whether your license is assigned by trying to sign-in to Microsoft 365 before calling to report a problem.
Other common solutions are also shown below.

  • Open a web-browser on your device and navigate to
  • Sign-in using your UM email address and password. The Office 365 home page will open and display your most recently used applications and documents.
  • To launch any application not displayed on the Home page, click on the icon in the top-left corner of the page. This is the App launcher icon.
  • And then click on the Teams icon to launch the application

Working in Channels

By default, any team owner or team member can create a private channel. Guests can't create them. The ability to create private channels can be managed at the team level and at the organization level. Team owners can turn on moderation for a standard channel to control who can start new posts and reply to posts in that channel. For more information go to Teams and Channels help.

Chat Assistance

Teams provides a great out-of-the-box collaboration experience for your organization, and most organizations find that the default settings work for them.

Guest Access

Guest access in Teams lets individuals outside your organization access teams and channels. You can use the guest access settings to control which features guest users can or can't use. Guest access is turned off by default. To learn more, see Guest access in Teams.

Team Settings

Teams settings let you set up your teams for features such as email integration, cloud storage options, organization tab, meeting room device setup, and search scope. When you make changes to these settings, they apply to all the teams in your organization. To learn more, see Teams settings.

Scheduling meetings using Outlook

Microsoft Teams includes the Outlook add-in, which lets you create new Teams meetings directly from Outlook. It also lets people view, accept, or join meetings in either app.

Note: Currently, you can schedule Teams meetings from Outlook, but not choose a channel to have them in. More information can be found here

Additional Information

Additional information can be found on the Microsoft 365 site:

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There is no cost for any Faculty, Staff and Student


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