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Microsoft Teams - Overview

This guide provides an overview of the Microsoft Teams application and basic functionality.

Microsoft Teams Icon
Microsoft Teams is a communication and collaboration platform that combines real-time chat, video meetings, file storage, and integration with other popular applications
To view a live web demo of Teams, visit Microsoft's Teams demo page:

Installation & Sign-In

Windows - SWTC Issued Hardware

1. Launch the Teams application from your computer (icon pictured below).


2. When Teams is first launched, you will prompted to login with work credentials. If you are on an SWTC computer, this field will auto-populate with your SWTC email address.

Microsoft Teams sign-in window.

3. Click Sign in. You should now be signed into Teams.

Teams on the web

1. Navigate to

2. Enter your SWTC email address, then click Next.

Office 365 Sign-in page.

3. Enter your password and click Sign In. You should now be signed in to Teams for Web.

Getting Started

Once logged in, the main Teams window shows the available collaboration options. The Teams application can be broken up into 4 parts.
Teams application main window.
  • The top portion of the window (red) has a forward and back navigation button , a new chat button , the command (search) bar, and your profile information in the top right.
  • The leftmost section (blue) will show notifications for recent activity, chat, teams, meetings, files, and apps.
  • The middle section (green) displays current teams and channel conversations.
  • The rightmost section (yellow) is the collaboration window where you will see content related to the chat or team selected.

Teams and channels

Collaborate with chat, video, and audio calls

Share and collaborate with files

Keywords:teams microsoft chat message collaborate   Doc ID:99655
Owner:Tyler H.Group:Southwest Wisconsin Technical College
Created:2020-03-27 09:43 CDTUpdated:2022-04-12 10:36 CDT
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