In this post, we’ll take a look at how you can quickly create a team in Microsoft Teams.
What is a team?
A team in Microsoft Teams is the top-level container for channels within the “Teams” tab. As the name suggests, it typically represents a bunch of people working together towards a common goal such as a project or shared interest.
Channels are contained within a team, and allow for specific topics of conversation & collaboration. For example, you may have a ‘Sales & Marketing’ team that has the following channels each of which can be made public or shared privately:
Behind the scenes, when you create a team a Microsoft 365 group is also created in Azure Active Directory. Upon team creation, a new SharePoint site is created (or linked, if your team is an existing Microsoft 365 group) that in time will hold your channel’s documents and files.
How can I create a team?
Note: If you’re not seeing the ability to create a team as shown below, your organisation admin may have restricted the ability for employees to create new teams.
At the bottom of the “Teams” column, click “Join or create a team”
Click “Create a team”
Choose “From scratch” to create a brand new team, or select “From a group or team” to use an existing Microsoft 365 group within Azure Active Directory. You can also select from a number of templates, including management of projects, events and employee onboarding. These templates include common channels and apps that relate to the type of template selected – for example, the onboarding template includes 4 channels by default – general, announcements, employee chat and training. It also installs 9 apps that Microsoft think are useful for onboarding teams, such as Bulletins, Employee Ideas and Milestones.
Next you’ll be asked about the type of team you want to create. Each option has a brief description below the title, but in essence you can choose to create public teams (where anyone in your organisation can join, via the directory), private teams (people need to be invited to join) or org-wide (everyone in your organisation is automatically added)
Lastly you’ll need to give your team a name.
Once completed, your team will show soon after. There may be a brief delay before it appears while Microsoft scaffolds the SharePoint site & provisions the team.
Can I delete a team?
Yes, assuming your administrator hasn’t restricted access & you’re an owner of the team. To delete a team, click the ‘…’ at the end of the team name and choose ‘Delete the team’.
Note that all channels, files, conversations, and the Microsoft 365 group itself will be removed, so be sure there’s nothing left that you wish to refer to at a later point before deleting.
We will be retiring the Microsoft Teams desktop client on Linux in 90 days (early December).
We hear from you that you want the full richness of Microsoft Teams features on Linux such as background effects, reactions, gallery view, etc. We found the best way to act on this is to offer a Teams progressive web app (PWA) on Linux as a new feature of our current web client, which we’ll make available to our Linux customers in the coming months.
It doesn’t appear that this announcement has been made widely available by Microsoft yet. We haven’t received this message in the admin message centre within any of our Office 365 tenants.
Microsoft dropping the Linux app (powered via Electron) signals the end of a short life for the Linux client. It was the last desktop client to launch, after being made available as a public preview in 2019.
The company is going all-in on progressive web apps these days – even on Windows – so this isn’t the most surprising of decisions. The Windows Teams client is also moving away from Electron and will soon use Edge WebView2 on Windows – something not presently available on Linux.
As Microsoft continues to pursue app developers for the Teams App Marketplace, it’s great to see the company roll out more training modules to lower the barrier to entry. This latest initiative covers the basics of building a Teams app, and the various integration points available to developers.
With sessions broken down into labs and ‘extended’ labs, the App Camp documentation also goes into detail around monetising Teams apps, adding dialogs, meeting apps and more. There are two paths – A & B. A focuses on building a solution with Azure AD, and B builds a solution with a non-Azure AD identity solution.
Also worth noting that Microsoft is using the open source Material for MkDocs to host the App Camp documentation.
As the name suggests, this podcast – released monthly – takes a deep-dive into the latest Teams news. The team also take a look at emerging trends surrounding the Teams platform. On average episodes run for 30mins or less.
This podcast takes a look at the latest new features in Microsoft 365 and Teams. Episodes are released fortnightly, and they tend to run for 25 minutes or less. The show is hosted by Microsoft adoption specialist Mark Thompson.
There hasn’t been any new episodes of this podcast for many years (since 2018), but it remains one of the few official Microsoft sources for Teams insights. If video is more your thing, you can also watch episodes on YouTube.
Found some other podcasts about Teams that you’d recommend? Let us know in the comments.