Microsoft Teams Rolls Out to Office 365 Customers Worldwide

Bengaluru, March 15, 2017: Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday announced the general availability of Microsoft Teams, the company’s new chat-based workspace in Office 365. The new tool for team collaboration is now available to Office 365 business customers in 181 markets and 19 languages.

Customers worldwide are choosing Microsoft Teams toenable collaboration within their organizations.  Since announcing thepreview in November, more than 50,000 organizations have started usingMicrosoft Teams, including Alaska Airlines, ConocoPhillips, Deloitte, Expedia,J.B. Hunt, J. Walter Thompson, Hendrick Motorsports, Sage, Trek Bicycle andThree UK.

“In a world where information is abundant and humantime and attention remain scarce, we aspire to help people and groups of peoplebe more productive, wherever they are,” said Satya Nadella, CEO,Microsoft.“Office 365 is the broadest platform and universal toolkit forcreation, collaboration and communication. Today we are adding a new tool toOffice 365 with Microsoft Teams, a chat-based workspace designed to empower theart of teams.”

Office 365 is designed to meet the unique workstyle ofevery group with purpose-built, integrated applications: Outlook forenterprise-grade email; SharePoint for intelligent content management; Yammerfor networking across the organization; Skype for Business as the backbone forenterprise voice and video; and now, Microsoft Teams.

According to Laurie Koch, vice president ofglobal customer service at Trek Bicycle, Microsoft Teams is alreadystreamlining the company’s work by providing assets and tasks in context:“Across Trek’s global teams, the integrated collection of Office 365 appsserves up a common toolset to collaboratively drive the business forward. Wesee Microsoft Teams as the project hub of Office 365 where everybody knowswhere to find the latest documents, notes and tasks, all in line with teamconversations for complete context. Teams is quickly becoming a key part ofTrek’s get-things-done-fast culture.”

Microsoft has introduced more than 100 new features toTeams since November, including: an enhanced meeting experience, withscheduling capabilities; mobile audio calling, with video calling on Androidnow and coming soon to iOS and Windows Phone; email integration; and newsecurity and compliance capabilities. The company has also delivered newfeatures to make Microsoft Teams accessible, such as support for screenreaders, high contrast and keyboard-only navigation. Guest access capabilitiesand deeper integration with Outlook, and a richer developer platform aretargeted for June of this year. For more details on the new features go to the Office Blog.

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