Tomorrow the always ineffable Dux will be doing a webcast about the new’ish Microsoft Teams.
Join the conversation by registering for the webinar on Wed, April 12 at 11am ET.
I’m a friend and a fan of Microsoft Teams. However, I am still waiting for a few things, notably “External Guest Access” to fully deploy Microsoft Teams. But, all-in-all the Teams team has done a good job. I have high hopes for where they can take it and also how the integration with Office and other Microsoft productivity products. Of course, there needs to be integration with 3rd Parties too.
My questions for the Teams team are below. But, please feel free to add your own.
My Four Questions
If I think about it for a while I can come up with a lot more than four questions. But, these four are what come to mind every time I use Teams. And, perhaps too often, these four questions come up when trying to help teams use Teams.
They focus on Usability and UX / UI
- When will External Guest Access be enabled?
Microsoft is saying June. Is this still on track?
- Will there be a Slack to Teams Migration Tool?
Why this Q - This is critical for many teams (SI’s and End Users). With no migration path there is little reason to spend the time, money and effort to move from existing Slack deployments to a Teams deployment.
Sure, there are lots of logical arguments. I’ve probably had them all in my head and with others. But, but the bottom line is …
Business have built processes and enterprise social communications on Slack.
This could be a great partner opportunity (hint hint AvePoint and Avanade)
UX / UI Issues
- Single Login – Multiple Teams
Login Options --- Currently each Microsoft Teams team requires a logoff and login to switch teams. This is not a great option for people that support multiple instances (notably consultants but even those within organizations). Anyone who has used Slack with more than one team knows exactly how this should work.
Bottom Line: Make it possible to support multiple Teams with one login.
- App or Web – Make It Easy
Make it easy to use both (on mobile and desktop) – The app is pretty logical (minus the login/logout issues).
But, the web option (meaning using Teams from a browser on a PC can be cumbersome. As expected … it forces a login/logout, BUT (and this is big) it does have an odd login process. It forces you to the main page. It’s not a show stopper. It’s just odd.
These are my questions. What are yours?
I still think Teams has a ways to go, but Teams has made progress since I wrote this … Slack vs. Teams … The Battle Cannot Be Started
- Introducing Microsoft Teams
- Top use cases, business scenarios, and advice from customers
- Best practices and tips for a successful rollout
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