What is Microsoft Teams?
A central hub
Microsoft Teams allows you to manage files created in Office 365 among your fellow collaborators.
Everyone can stay up-to-date on the latest project status: Teams allows multiple people to edit documents simultaneously.
What can I use Teams for?
A group chat that allows departments, project groups, or any other group to collaborate and connect easily.
Get easy access to shared team documents and be able to edit and share with multiple people at a time.
Use Microsoft Word within Teams to take notes, post meeting minutes, or share team agendas.
*OneNote is not available for Microsoft Teams.
Why should I use Teams?
Teams is a tool that brings together multiple things in one place.
Teams is an effective way to work collaboratively.
Teams is currently being used by several groups across campus and has changed the way many groups work.
"We have been using Teams on the Portal team for almost 3 months and love how it has very seamlessly become the one place to find and communicate information. So far, we have been using Teams to bring together group discussions, meeting notes, as well as shared documents, but are also looking at new ways to further enhance our workflow with Task management and Power BI."
"My group uses teams as our primary communication platform, and as a collaborative space for projects. The Planner app makes project management a breeze, and Teams turns it up a notch with the addition of desktop notifications."
Tools and resources
Submit a request to start using Teams today!
Get step-by-step instruction troubleshooting
Learn more about best practices for participating in remote meetings and calls
Help and support
Contact us for help
Request a workshop
Get custom training for your team
Take our course
Get a complete overview of Teams
Log in to Teams
Log in to Teams in your browser
On mobile? Get the mobile app!
New Features in Teams
Last updated: May 2020
3x3 video gallery
Allows up to 9 users to display video simultaneously during meetings.
'Raise hand' function
Allows users to indicate when they want to speak without interrupting the meeting conversation.
Allows users to open separate windows for chats and meetings
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I download Microsoft Teams?
Is the data backed up?
Data stored within OneDrive on Teams is subject to the same data retention policies as OneDrive. This means that if a file is accidentally deleted, you'll be able to restore this file yourself as long as it's within 30 days.
Where is the data stored?
Teams effectively integrates your own OneDrive and your Team OneDrive, giving you access to plenty of space to save any documents. Both of these spaces are approved for storing anything but highly restricted information. This page provides guidelines for secure data exchange.
Aren't the existing tools enough?
Teams combines several existing tools in one place, and replaces certain others, allowing us to fully utilize more features of Office 365. This integration makes much of the functionality easier to use than using several other applications for the same tasks.
How is Teams different from SharePoint?
Teams provides an easy and effective way to chat and share documents with small groups or departments. When your Team is created, a SharePoint site for team files is also created. You can also easily include people who are not members of the University community. Teams works as a web application, or as a desktop application, and has support across multiple devices, including Android and iPhone.
Who can request a Team?
Teams are available to University of Waterloo employees (i.e. staff, faculty, and graduate students employed by the University).
I have a question about a specific Teams capability.
Please see the IST Knowledge Base for frequently asked questions about Teams features.