Going Mobile with Microsoft Teams
Opening the door to mobile working
The workplace is changing. Today, 61% of employees say they work outside of the office environment at least part-time, and that number is gradually increasing. As the staff in an average company continues to adapt and evolve in today’s digitally-transforming landscape, it’s important to ensure that your business is equipped with the right tools to facilitate collaboration.
Solutions like Microsoft Teams are designed to ensure that experts can continue to communicate with their colleagues, contribute to workflow, and produce exceptional results regardless of whether they’re in the office, or halfway across the world.
With the dedicated Microsoft Teams mobile app, users can view shared content, connect through chat with meeting participants, and catch up with various tasks, all within a convenient, easy-to-use application. So, what makes Teams so beneficial for remote workers?
Easy-to-Adopt with a Simple UI
Perhaps the most important feature any team collaboration app needs when you’re hoping to ensure business-wide adoption is usability. If your professionals don’t know how to make the most out of your app, then you might as well not have one.
Fortunately, the mobile user interface for Teams is simple, with a minimalist navigation menu that makes it easy for users to find the chats and activity feeds that are relevant to them. You can check out recent conversations, mentions, and team actions within a matter of minutes, and everything is organised chronologically for the best results.
Effective Mobile Device Management
Another thing that gives Microsoft Teams the edge for mobile workers, is the fact that CIOs and admins can maintain all the control they need over mobile devices, using Intune for Office 365. The more control admins have over mobile collaboration tools, the less they’ll need to worry about keeping staff on the right track wherever they might be. With Intune, you can:
- Manage which mobile devices the workforce can use to access business data
- Manage the mobile apps that the workforce uses
- Protect company data by controlling the way your team can access and share information
- Ensure that apps and devices remain compliant with security requirements
A Simple but Valuable Feature Set
The features available on the Microsoft Teams mobile app are designed to be easy to use and access for any worker. The most prominent tools available include chat and calling. Chat comes with things like photo uploading, rich text editing features and more. Your coworkers can even share emojis if that’s something you want to include in your mobile chat experiences.
While Microsoft Teams might not have the widest selection of features available on the market, there are numerous add-ons available so that you can basically build the team collaboration software of your dreams. With the Teams Mobile app, remote workers can tap into the rich desktop experience of Teams collaboration and plug into an array of third-party services without ever having to switch to another tool or provider. All that, and the app is extremely easy to use, which ensures that you don’t have to bring remote workers in for training.
One point worth noting is that the Microsoft Teams application does work more effectively for file editing through mobile if you have other Microsoft Office 365 applications installed too. This may be something you want to consider when you’re building a toolset for your mobile workers.