This week, in our final post of the series, we’ll be having a quick look at some of the other apps, platforms and tools that you can link to Teams, or open as tabs within the Teams application.
It’s just a fact of life that one software solution will not suit everyone. There are many reasons why an organisation might want to use Zoom for its video conferencing, or collaborate using Slack or Cisco Webex, two other very popular collaboration and communication platforms for teams. Luckily, there’s no need to switch platforms or resort to emailing back and forth – because Teams has its own API.
Simply put, an API (Application Programming Interface) allows applications or platforms to “talk” to one another, and share data. Using the Teams API, developers of other software (or sometimes third-party developers) can program tools to link a different application or platform in with Teams, extending its usefulness.
Such tools have been created for Teams, allowing it to connect to and integrate with many other services.
Popular linked apps and services include those for Webex and Slack, allowing teams using different collaboration platforms to communicate more easily than they would otherwise be able to. Zoom has a tab, too, allowing you to make Zoom calls from within Teams. This might sound a little bit strange considering that it’s a competing service, but it’s in everyone’s best interests that Teams allows for some flexibility and integration, especially since it’s a tool designed to make collaborative working and sharing easier.
Other apps and tabs include YouTube, Trello, Zoho CRM, Microsoft Forms, Jira, Evernote, Adobe Creative Cloud, Google Analytics, GoToMeeting, MailChimp, and many other well-known and used platforms, services and apps.
Overall, Teams is an all-in-one package that brings everything together under the Microsoft and Office 365 umbrella. Teams works well on its own, but better in concert with other Microsoft software; you can expect most of your (up-to-date) Microsoft applications to work seamlessly with Teams. This means that if your organisation already runs on a Microsoft software ecosystem, it’s relatively simple to add Teams into the mix to help your remote-working teams collaborate and communicate more efficiently, allowing them to be as productive as possible!