Microsoft has announced the availability of Microsoft Teams, a new chat-based workspace in Office 365. It is essentially for team collaboration and now available to Office 365 business customers in 181 markets and 19 languages.

The preview was announced in November and more than 50,000 organisations have started using Microsoft Teams, according to the company. “In a world where information is abundant and human time and attention remain scarce, we aspire to help people and groups of people be more productive, wherever they are,” said Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft. “Office 365 is the broadest platform and universal toolkit for creation, collaboration and communication. Today we are adding a new tool to Office 365 with Microsoft Teams, a chat-based workspace designed to empower the art of teams.”

Office 365 comes integrated with Outlook for enterprise-grade email, SharePoint for intelligent content management, Yammer for networking across the organization, Skype for Business and now Microsoft Teams.


According to Laurie Koch, Vice President of global customer service at Trek Bicycle, Microsoft Teams is already streamlining the company’s work by providing assets and tasks in context, “Across Trek’s global teams, the integrated collection of Office 365 apps serves up a common toolset to collaboratively drive the business forward. We see Microsoft Teams as the project hub of Office 365 where everybody knows where to find the latest documents, notes and tasks, all in line with team conversations for complete context. Teams is quickly becoming a key part of Trek’s get-things-done-fast culture.”

Microsoft Teams aims at bringing together people, conversations and content. Microsoft Teams is built on four core promises - chat for teams, a hub for teamwork,  customisation for every team and security teams trust.