MS Teams - Types of Teams, Teams Versus Chat

Issue/Question

  • What is the difference between Chat and Teams in Microsoft Teams?
  • What is the difference between a public team and a private team?
  • Should I request a team?

Environment

  • Oregon State University
  • Employee, Student or Associate

Explanation

Chat Versus Teams

Microsoft Teams has two main components with somewhat different features:

  • Chat
    • One-on-one or group chat
    • Includes audio, video and screen-sharing
    • You can save a group chat with a name and pin it for quick access
    • Chat does not support message threading
    • For more information, see: Six Things to Know about Chat in Microsoft Teams
  • Teams
    • Can choose Private (invite only) or Public (OSU licensed users only at this time)
    • Includes audio, video and screen-sharing, as well as document collaboration and file storage
    • Can include multiple channels within the team
    • Message threading is supported in channels
    • For more information, watch this short video: Welcome to Teams

 

Should I Request a Team? Private or Public?

If one or more of the following apply to your situation, you should consider requesting a team:

  • You have a large group (more than 50 people)
  • Your group discusses multiple topics that you would like to divide into separate channels
  • You would like a space that persists over time regardless of activity
  • You want to do collaboration on files through Teams
  • You want to integrate other apps (e.g. Planner) for your team

In general, most new teams will be Private, meaning they are by invitation only. Public teams are useful in cases where you want other members of the OSU community to be able to join a conversation without invitation. 

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Details

Article ID: 104291
Created
Fri 4/3/20 11:49 AM
Modified
Sat 8/14/21 8:06 AM

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