Microsoft Teams Announces New Feature to Help Us “Connect”

Microsoft Teams Announces New

Features to Help Us “Connect”

09 March 2021 · 4 min read
Microsoft’s annual Microsoft Ignite event kicked off last Tuesday and they’ve already announced a handful of features that will continue to shape the way we work, collaborate, and manage our workflow virtually in Teams. Notable additions include Presenter Mode, which allows users to host a TED-esque presentation from the comfort of your laptop, and Microsoft Teams Connect, a tool that further expands the ability to share files and channels on Teams.
It should come as no surprise that many of the newly minted features appear to be aimed at easing communication and enhancing our virtual workspaces. It’s nearly impossible to replicate the in-person ebb and flow of a live office setting, but that doesn’t mean the work-from-home experience has to inhibit productivity and collaboration.
Teams Connect looks to completely change the way organizations can communicate and collaborate both internally, as well as externally.

What is Microsoft Teams Connect?

Through Teams Connect, users can now share channels and files with anyone – including those outside of their organization. It makes external collaboration easier. These shared channels will appear within a user’s primary Teams tenant along with their other channels.
The shared channels feature all of Microsoft Teams existing collaboration capabilities. You can chat, meet, share, and co-author documents with other users regardless of whether or not they’re a part of the same organization.
As Nicole Herskowitz, General Manager of Microsoft Teams, said during the Teams Showcase at Ignite, “(Users can) easily invite individuals and teams and create a shared workspace where you can collaborate across organizational boundaries, leveraging all the rich capabilities that only Teams brings together.”
These channels can still be governed and moderated as well. Admin controls allow the sharing organization to decide the extent to which external users may access relevant data and information. This ensures both a collaborative and secure environment.

How is Teams Connect Different than Guest Access?

While similar to the existing feature, Teams Guest Access, Teams Connect is a significant upgrade. Under Guest Access, users had the ability to see a general overview of the Teams environment. The feature isn’t necessarily conducive to real-time collaboration and communication.
With Teams Connect, external users will have full access to the designated channel, including the ability to chat, set up meetings and work on channel documents with other users.
Where Guest Access allows shared users a broad overview, Teams Connect grants multiple organizations the ability to delve deep into the nitty gritty and share in the creative process with others.

When Can We Expect Microsoft Teams Connect?

Microsoft announced during the Teams showcase that a limited preview will be available this week. No specific date has been mentioned for the broad release just yet, but Microsoft says it will be available “later this calendar year.”
Now a year into the global pandemic, Teams continues to be a pivotal part of our work-from-home experience. Teams Connect, as well as the many other features unveiled at Microsoft Ignite, will go a long way in enhancing our workspaces – be it in-person or virtual. But, without proper governance, Teams can turn into a chaotic collaboration platform. And that’s where Prosperoware fits.

How Prosperoware Helps

Prosperoware CAM allows clients in the legal, finance, banking, healthcare, and other project or relationship-based organizations to provision, classify, protect, move, and minimize their data in order to collaborate without chaos. CAM empowers organizations to navigate and manage collaboration platforms with confidence and peace of mind by controlling chaos and minimizing risks related to privacy and cybersecurity.
CAM, integrates with multiple collaboration systems, including Microsoft 365 (Microsoft Teams, SharePoint Online, OneDrive, OneNote, Planner), file shares, iManage, NetDocuments, HighQ, and more to come.
Key CAM features:
  • Automatic provisioning of workspaces, Teams, Channels, and folders from Project Portfolio Management, CRM etc., or through human workflow using templates
  • Rich, custom metadata for project or document context
  • Unified project directory for content location for end users and risk management teams
  • Automatically provision internal & external users, manage permissions, and integrate with ethical wall systems
  • Data Loss Prevention including activity monitoring and bulk security & metadata changes
  • Minimize data by setting data disposition policies or apply litigation hold
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