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What is Teams?

Microsoft Teams is a Universal communication and collaboration platform that combines persistent workplace chat, video meetings, file storage (including collaboration of files), and application integration. The service integrates with the Microsoft 365 subscription office productivity suite and features extensions that can integrate with non-Microsoft products. 

Teams Expiration Policy

Due to the fact that anyone with a Student or Employee role can create a team - we enabled a Team expiration policy. Every 90 days a team with no activity will go through the expiration policy process.  The owner(s) of the email will be emailed asking if their team should be renewed.  If they respond the Team is OK for another 90 days.  For this reason we recommend that your Team have at LEAST 2 Owners.  https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoftteams/team-expiration-renewal

How do I download Teams on my device?

See instructions on how to download on your laptop/computer here and your phone here.

How do I create a Team?

1. Open the Microsoft Teams app

2. Click on the ‘Teams’ icon on the left-hand side

3. At the top, click “Join or create team

4. A new screen will open asking you to create a team or join a current team, click “Create team

5. In the “create your team” popup, name your team and add a team description. This will make it easy for your team members to easily distinguish between multiple teams.

In the Privacy drop down, you will have the option to make the team private or public. We recommend using the default option for private so no unwanted members are able to read your teams messages or see files.

Click “next

6. On this screen, you will start to be able to add members. Type in their name and select the correct user from the USI directory. You can add more users later once the team is created

7. Once you have clicked a user to add, you will be able to assign them to the role of a member or an owner.

Team Owners manage certain settings for the team. They can add and remove members, add guests, change team settings, and handle administrative tasks. There can be multiple owners in a team.

Members are people in the team. They can talk with other team members in the conversations. They can view and usually upload and change files. They also do the usual sorts of collaboration that the team owners have permitted.

If you do not want to add members at this time click “skip”, otherwise once you have added members click “Create

8. You should be redirected to the general page of your team page; through here you can start sharing with your team

Follow this link for a tutorial for Teams.


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