Getting Started with Microsoft Teams
Teams is available for free for all UH faculty, staff and students as part of the Microsoft 365 Suite.
Why Should I Use Teams?
One of the best reasons to use Teams is the cost: UIT has already paid for your Teams license, and there are no additional costs to the user or department. There are a few examples below that show how your department could use Teams.
Note: Teams is just one option in our list of communication and collaboration tools along with SharePoint, Zoom, Microsoft 365 Groups, and more.
|You could create a Team to...
|Easy Meeting Recordings
|Record meetings using Zoom and send out or upload the recording to a shared space afterwards
|Schedule meetings that will record and automatically upload to the team space as well as Microsoft Stream.
|Send a group email with an attachment asking for feedback
|Upload a document to edit directly in Teams and collect feedback in the comment section.
|Have a group calendar that each person adds to their Outlook
|Schedule meetings that will show up both in the Teams calendar and on each member's Outlook calendar.
|Have an inbox overflowing with quick email exchanges
|Use the chat area for internal communication and leave email for more important tasks.
|Shared File Storage
|Have a shared drive for your department or a cross-departmental group
|Store and share files securely in the cloud with everyone in the Team.
|Have frequent meetings with your team to share updates on work
|Communicate in the chat space, and/or use the Planner feature to keep track of tasks and due dates.
|Already use other Microsoft 365 apps like Outlook, OneDrive, Notebook, Planner, or Skype for Business
|Keep all your Microsoft 365 content organized in one place.
How Do I Start Using Teams?
Any actively enrolled student or currently employed staff or faculty member can create their own Teams. To get started: