With the UK Government’s advice this week that everyone who is able to should work from home (see here, dated 22nd September 2020) we’re increasingly thankful for some of the services that have been offered (or improved upon) by various tech giants in order to help us navigate remote working at short notice, and over a more long-term period.
Microsoft Teams is one of the most popular collaboration and communication platforms available right now, and Microsoft are working to expand its functionality in order to make it more useful for everyday tasks.
Microsoft Lists, which was announced at Microsoft Build 2020 (Microsoft’s yearly developer conference), is an app which runs alongside and is integrated with Teams to help with pretty much anything you could use a list for.
Lists allows you to track issues, track and manage assets and inventory, organise an event, track the progress of projects, schedule content, or create a checklist of tasks to help with onboarding a new employee – or in fact any one of hundreds of other uses. It has prebuilt templates for the most common uses; alternatively, you can use its options to edit and customise your lists specifically for your organisation’s requirements. Regular lists, grids and flexible layouts are available to suit; you can add images, links, times and dates as necessary.
Integration with Teams means you can start a conversation on a list item within Teams, share a list or specific list items, attach a list to a group or channel, see who’s assigned to which list, configure who can modify, create or delete lists and who can view them, and track the list itself, all from within the Teams interface.