Working from home has been a new experience for businesses across the globe over the last month. And, amid the coronavirus crisis, working from home is going to be the new ‘norm’ for a while.

Different communication options are key to effective remote working. Microsoft Teams offers a comprehensive selection of communication options to keep you and your colleagues connected, including:

  • Chat – keep in touch with your teams and close colleagues every day and share frequent progress reports. Chats can be pinned so the most important chats appear first, and you can easily share memes and GIFs; the virtual equivalent of ‘watercooler’ conversations!
  • Calls – Speed dial your colleagues, manage your contacts list, set-up your voicemail. Use Teams exactly as you would use your phone.
  • Meetings – Meeting virtually is easy! You can single-click to ‘Meet Now’, schedule a meeting or host a live event – perfect for a virtual customer event during lockdown. You can join meetings with or without video and audio and record meetings with a single click so you can recap and share on-demand. And, the background blur, noise suppression and quick mute options enable you to control what your colleagues see and hear – ideal considering many of us are trying to work with children and pets around!
  • Calendar – The calendar means you can communicate with your team members without having to reach out. Block time out in your diary to focus, list certain days as ‘out of office’ when you’re on leave and set your working hours so you aren’t disturbed outside of them.
  • Teams channels – Teams channels are designed to easily share documents and organise your files. You can pin documents to highlight them to colleagues and mention people in channels to draw their attention. You can also connect third-party apps like YouTube and Adobe.

Microsoft Teams provides the functionality to empower remote working and virtual collaboration, making it the perfect platform on which to keeping running your business during these uncertain times.