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Collaboration: achieve more together

Communicate and collaborate in one place with Microsoft Teams.

Work together from anywhere and at any time

Share and edit content in real-time with Microsoft Teams collaboration tools.

What is collaboration?

Collaboration is working together on a shared project or goal. Use collaboration tools for business to easily create and edit content with your team.

Features of collaboration

Share files, co-author and edit content simultaneously, automatically save everyone’s changes, communicate in real-time, ideate in the Whiteboard app, work together in channels, and more.

Benefits of collaboration

Work effectively together: improve productivity, save time, and accomplish more. Break down silos and bring your team together, keeping everyone in the loop and ensuring everyone has a voice.

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Managing dispersed teams can be a challenge. Bring people together and empower them to get more done with Microsoft Teams.

Realtime coauthoring

See changes as they happen

Work together on the same file in real time within Teams with automatic sync and version history tracking.

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Collaborate with people inside and outside your organization, across organizational boundaries as one extended team

Teams Connect includes two core features: Chats allow users to chat with anyone outside of their organization, helping you have real-time, fast, and fluid conversations without the need to switch tenants. Invite team members outside your organization into a chat, even if they are using a Teams personal account. Shared channels provide teams from multiple organizations a shared space for a more flexible, focused, and long-term collaboration. Use shared channels to have conversations, chat, meet, share and co-author files, work together in apps without ever switching tenants.

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Translate messages with a click

Seamlessly communicate in 35 languages with inline translation in chat and channels.

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Have a private conversation with a subset of a team

Create focused spaces for collaboration within your teams. Communicate, collaborate, and manage access to files and notes.



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Stay connected with family and friends with collaboration tools in Microsoft Teams

Spend less time coordinating and more time together. From book club to birthday parties, it’s easier to make plans, assign duties, and stay organized.

Organize your life

Keep everything you need in one place: chats, meetups, files, and tasks. See activities, events, grocery lists, and chores from a single dashboard.

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Make plans together

Plan activities more easily with chats, tasks, and shared to-do lists. Make decisions faster with instant polls, and share meeting invites directly in a group chat.

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Frequently asked questions

  • Collaborating means working together to accomplish something. Some examples of workplace collaboration are when you brainstorm during a meeting, share ideas, edit a document with someone else, or help someone on a project.

  • Collaborating at work introduces new ideas and approaches to problem-solving. It fosters creativity and inclusion, because everyone has a unique perspective. It can help businesses meet their goals and serve their customers better.

  • Being collaborative means not working alone. Ask other people for their input, volunteer to help others, and make sure group projects include everyone.

  • Businesses collaborate when they each contribute to something, like an event, product, or initiative.

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