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Empowering the Remote Worker with Microsoft Teams

by Will Jack, Deployment Manager

Empowering the Remote Worker with Microsoft Teams
When I moved to the southwest of England, I knew there wouldn’t be many opportunities working in an office as I’m far from any major city. As someone in the IT world though, I knew I had a greater chance of finding something remotely than most people, it just boiled down to how well it would work. Also, let’s be real. I moved away from the city so my family and I could enjoy living life on our terms – with hopes of a well-paying job where I could put my skills to use.

As a newbie to the remote working way of life I always thought “how is this going to actually work?” Emails are great and all, but sometimes you don’t get an answer for hours and you need access right away. This is where Microsoft Teams makes working remotely a hell of a lot easier. After many a trial and error at Silicon Reef, we turned to Teams. We are a company which deals primarily with Microsoft O365 so it also made sense to give Teams a try.

Teams is not only a means of communication, it’s a place of collaboration. I can instantly message or call my colleagues across the U.K. and when they’re abroad between meetings. With the addition of other Microsoft apps you are able to…

  • Collaborate via video call
  • Plan meetings
  • Host files
  • Host external websites
  • Add PowerApps
  • Stream videos

The list goes on…

Teams can also be a major part of a SharePoint solution. A simple example. Say you want your team to know whether a new blog post has been uploaded to your SharePoint site. Well with the help of Microsoft Flow you are able to achieve this. You are also able to incorporate most information hosted with Microsoft via API calls via Microsoft Graph.

Being a remote worker and having everything that I need in one place is a huge advantage for myself and also my CPU. I have direct communications with my colleagues. I have dedicated channels for each individual project and with that a storage point for all important documents. I am also able to add a lot of third-party apps to each channel which is able to help with the workflow.

You are also able to add external users to a channel. This means you are able to have a place to collaborate with clients completely separate from your team but within the same app.

Download the mobile app and you are able to chat and call your team, see each channel you’re a part of and see all meetings that have been scheduled within Outlook. This makes the odd school run or dealing with the kids while keeping up with work so much easier.

Don’t get me wrong Microsoft Teams is not without its flaws. Its mobile app could do with a bit of work as I find it a bit clunky, but it seems that the new update has addressed most of the issues and sometimes the web app doesn’t show the correct status of team members, but no app is perfect. In fact, its flaw could lead to further improvements within the application.

All in all as a new comer to the remote working scene Teams works for me, and I haven’t even scratched the surface of what this application is capable of.



Interested in how the Microsoft O365 suite can work for you and your team? Give us a call.

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