11 – Microsoft Teams

Has continued to race up the chart and is now just ahead of its competitor, Slack

Microsoft Teams is the team workspace in Office 365. Now a real competitor to Slack.

Website: teams.microsoft.com
Cost: Office365 requires a subscription
Availability: Online

Top 100 Tools for Personal & Professional Learning 2019: 20
Top 100 Tools for Workplace Learning 2019: 5
Top 100 Tools for Higher Education 2019: 34

Past Overall Rankings
2018: 27    2017: 79    2016: –     2015: –     2014: –    2013: –   
2012: –       2011: –      2010: –     2009: –     2008: –    2007: –


Comments from those who selected Microsoft Teams as one of their Top 10 Tools in 2019

“Rapidly becoming the focal point of my work collaboration. Replacing Skype for business, but also as an integration point that allows an ad-hoc group to see all the information they use on their joint work in a single place” Julian Elve, UK https://www.synesthesia.co.uk/2019/08/23/top-10-tools-for-learning-2019/

“I expect MS Teams is going to take over internal platforms over the next few years. It simply works as a tool to cooperate, share and communicate.” Andrew Jacobs, UK https://lostanddesperate.com/2019/09/04/top-10-tools-for-learning-2019/

“This is a new one for me this year. It’s a great tool to keep up to date and basically do all my work in it.  I hardly get any work email now as all the project and client work is done within Teams. When working with clients, I encourage them to consider creating a channel within each team called “What Did We Learn?” as a means of having conversations during the project life cycle  of continual learning and to call out those moments when people learned something new from working with each other or on the project. By calling it out, you’re making a concerted effort of drawing attention to what you’re learning and observing.  By writing it down, others can also contribute to the conversation and the social/shared learning is elevated across the team so that ideas can flow for future improvements.” Helen Blunden, Australia http://activatelearning.com.au/2019/08/my-top-10-tools-for-learning-2/

“It’s my portal to all my work now and it’s reduced my email to zero. All client and colleague interaction and collaboration is done in Teams. One channel is devoted to ‘What We Learned” in Teams where people again share what they’re learning through the project.” Senior Adoption Consultant, Australia

“Rich sharing and communication” Senior HRD, Japan

“Great for Team Collaborations. Eases communication and increases productivity through the integration of many tools.”

“Participating in different teams has allowed me to share knowledge, storing information, instant messaging.” CEO, Australia

“A place to share with teams, my own, or other groups I am working with. Easy to access as it sits on my desktop, can access it from anywhere and on any device.” Senior HR Advisor

“Integrations with other platforms, collaboration in flow of work, low barrier to entry and engagement, channels outside of workplace with peers EXCEPT no collaboration outside of company” Principal Consultant, USA

“While I use Slack to learn with people outside my company we use Microsoft Teams to learn from each other inside our company.” Learning Consultant, Germany

“It is an excellent tool for communication/collaboration in real time, calls, chats and meetings.” Digital Trainer, UK

“I like to use teams to make sense and share some information and knowledge within Teams and workgroups.” Knowledge Management Specialist, Brazil

“I’m just learning MSTeams so not a master of this but can see how it could help with providing learning environments.” Organisational Development Manager, UK

“This tool can help students to share files and documents and communicate for group work. Easier to track work than the old fashioned way – emailing files back and forth.” Instructional Designer, Canada

“makes collaboration easy and a lot of plug ins” Lecturer, Malaysia

“ESN and lots of App integration” Consultant, Germany

“It is a complete solution for sharing content and communicating with students and colleagues.” Teacher Trainer, Netherlands

“For team based collaboration and learning” Group Head of Learning, UK

“It’s more of a collaboration tool but I am learning From it and we are using it as both with one global group at work.” Head of Learning, Australia

“Very useful for collaborative work and sharing content.” Project Manager for Digital Learning, France

Previous comments

“We use Microsoft Teams to foster communication between project members of the largest project I am currently involved in (implementation of Moodle at Zuyd Hogeschool). Although I am not a big Microsoft fan, I must admit that Teams is user friendly and convinient for messaging and sharing documents.” Wilfred Rubens, 2018

“gradually replacing Microsoft Lync as a communication tool, and trying to compete with Slack. I’m still discovering all the possibilities, but the integration with SharePoint and OneNote looks very promising (workplace learning)” Jan Van Belle, 2018