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Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is a secure, Cloud-based chat and group collaborative workspace that seamlessly integrates with other Office 365 applications, including Exchange, OneDrive, and SharePoint.

Using Teams, you can check who is online and start a chat, schedule a meeting with the whole team, or manage projects using Microsoft Planner—a project management platform which enables users to create and manage plans and tasks on various ad-hoc projects.

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Features

• Collaboration and chat
  • Chat one on one or in groups
  • Create channels to organize your conversations
  • Office integration includes built-in access to SharePoint and OneDrive
  • Co-author Office documents right in the app
  • Review a project's history
• Team management
  • Access to your Outlook calendar
  • Hold online meetings
  • See a team member’s current status
• Available across all platforms
  • Desktop
  • Mobile
  • Web browser

Available To

Getting Started

Via the desktop client (preferred)

  1. Download the Teams desktop client.
  2. Enter your Northwestern email address.
  3. You will then be redirected to Online Passport.
  4. Sign in with your NetID and NetID password.

Via the web

  1. Go to https://teams.microsoft.com.
  2. Enter your Northwestern email address.
  3. You will be redirected to Online Passport.
  4. Sign in with your NetID and NetID password. Note: If you are already signed in to Online Passport, you will go directly to Microsoft Teams.

Requesting a New Microsoft Team

A team must be created by Northwestern IT. Teams can be private to only invited users, or public and open to anyone within your area.

To request a new team, please go to the Collaboration Services Requests page. You may select from one of two teams: Classes and Staff Members. To learn which team best suits your teaching and learning goals, visit the Types of Teams web page.

Please note: The  maximum number of channels per Team is 200.

Support Resources

For answers to commonly asked questions about the use of Microsoft Teams at Northwestern, visit the IT Knowledge Base. Additionally, Microsoft offers the following help guides and webinars:

Last Updated: 16 July 2019

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