Are you tired of switching between applications every single time?
The Teams craze seems as though has been spreading like wildfire, but what made it better than, say, Skype for Business or Slack? Sure, it comes with loads of benefits that Skype or Slack can’t compete with, there’s one major benefit that eclipses the rest: SharePoint and Microsoft Teams are made for each other.
In short, SharePoint and Teams are moving in the same direction at the same time, while they are still separate services, they are becoming so intertwined that the lines are beginning to blur—and that means increased productivity and communication for you and your team. If you are curious about the relationship between document libraries and teams/channels, here’s a nice diagram that helps to describe that relationship:
1. SharePoint document library folders are Teams channels: Folders in your SharePoint site document library are perfectly synced with channels in teams out of the box, meaning that content can be viewed, uploaded, and accessed in either location natively. A huge benefit to this is that content uploaded in Teams can be discussed with your coworkers in real time—no need to send attachments over email anymore.
2. SharePoint’s Lists to Team’s Tabs: You can add a list tab to any channel that makes the most sense. Similar to document libraries, all metadata, custom column formatting, etc. is pulled directly into the Teams interface.
3. Shortcuts to each application, on each application: If you’re in Teams and, for some reason, need to be in SharePoint, there’s a button for that right in Teams WITHOUT LEAVING TEAMS. And if you’re in SharePoint and want to quickly see new updates in Teams, it’s incredibly easy to add a link to the quick launch menu on your site.
4. News archive: Flexibility doesn’t end with just lists and libraries, though! The Modern SharePoint experience comes with a News feature for the most important shouldn’t-be-missed information that—you guessed it—can be loaded into a tab in Teams.
5. Pages in Teams: With a Modern SharePoint Teams site, you have the additional advantage of adding entire pages—and all the webparts—into a tab in Teams. Pages scale and render just as they would in SharePoint, but it’s not in SharePoint, potentially never needing to actually go to SharePoint in a browser ever again.
6. Teams Tabs: Tabs work great with SharePoint, but tabs can do tons of other things. You can pull in a Power BI visualization, a OneNote notebook, a YouTube channel, a Microsoft Forms or Polly survey, and many other non-Microsoft apps and services into a tab—all optimized for the Teams interface.
SharePoint and Microsoft Teams work great together
Not limited but these are a few amazing ways SharePoint and Microsoft Teams work great together. An ever-growing number of businesses all around the world are using Microsoft products and no other instant messaging and web conferencing software clicks in with the rest of the suite as well as Teams does.
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