2020: MICROSOFT TEAMS

The next generation of Teams meetings

We’ve all been in that meeting that should have been an email. You know the types I mean. Yet, they’re still mandatory, a normal part of office life. Whether you’re an SMB with 8 employees or an Enterprise with 800; meetings are a typical occurrence.

Video conferencing was first introduced at the World’s Fair in New York in 1968! AT&T founded the Picturephone, a radical new technology that allowed participants to communicate ‘via video’ with one person at the other end, for a total of, (drumroll please) TEN minutes at a time!

It’s true, the Picturephone wasn’t built for the masses, yet it did carve the way for normalising meetings in a different form of ‘face-to-face’.

Over recent years, meetings and the tech used to support them has evolved and adapted to keep up with the diverse, modern methods of working. Corporations recognised the need to reduce travel, improve collaboration and increase product times to markets. WiFi and HD video technologies helped to make ‘the boardroom’ seemingly redundant. 

Was video responsible for the shift in how meetings are held?

In short, no. The technical revolution only accelerated the progression of evolving workplace culture. We began to see the terms ‘remote working’ and ‘work from home’ introduced to talent sourcing. We began to search further afield for supply-chains. The B2B markets available suddenly became unrestricted by territories.

We couldn’t have made those advances, without the incredible technologies introduced to support them.

Which brings us nicely to Microsoft Teams.

In November 2019, Microsoft announced that their leading Unified Communications platform, Teams, had just hit 20 million daily active users!

One of the contributing factors to such incredible adoption rates is the ease of use. ‘The Hub for Teamwork’. You can instantly communicate, collaborate, host meetings and access critical files and information within one central environment.

The meeting features in Teams are revolutionary.

Users can host calls with up to 250 participants, with the ability to record the session and share screens. The app offers a fluid and consistent experience on any device. All that is required is an internet connection.

Here’s how you set up a meeting in Teams!

  1. Navigate to the ‘Calendar’ field in your left-hand toolbar.
  2. Select ‘+ New Meeting’ in the right-hand corner.
  3. Fill in the appropriate fields and add the required attendees.
  4. Once finished, hit ‘Save’
  5. Your meeting is now scheduled, and your attendees will be notified of the invitation to attend.

It really is as easy as that!

For a close-up view of how to schedule meetings in Teams, watch my demo below!

If you’re interested in Teams for your business, then let us help you Plan, Build and Run your new solution. We’re offering a Free Teams Assessment to get you started. Having worked with numerous clients and as one of the first early adopters of Microsoft Teams, our subject matter expertise combined with our own experiences allows us to offer you the best preparation for onboarding a new way of working.

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