Rapidly becoming indispensable with the rise of teleworking, the Microsoft Teams application is the collaborative working tool par excellence. With its many features, Teams makes teamwork easy - whether you're in person or working from home. In this article, we summarize the applications for Teams that you should urgently install to make the most of this collaborative tool!
What is Microsoft Teams?
A reminder 👇
Microsoft Teams is a collaborative communication application for employees, operating in SaaS mode (in other words, no installation on the client company's servers is required to use it and the data is stored on your Microsoft Cloud server). Its goal: to facilitate internal communication and collaborative work thanks to several functionalities gathered within the same platform: instant messaging and creation of discussions (public or private), storage and exchange of files with SharePoint, audio and video calls, planning of meetings, etc.
But the value of Microsoft Teams does not end there. Numerous collaborative tools can be added to Teams and allow this application to be used to its full potential. Project management (Asana, Trello, Jira, etc), customer relations (Salesforce, Zendesk,etc), data analysis (PowerBI)... The list of tools to integrate with Microsoft Teams to boost its efficiency is quite long! In this article, we detail our 11 favorite collaborative applications.
11 applications to integrate into Microsoft Teams urgently
Let's discover together the 11 applications to integrate in Microsoft Teams to work together better!
As the name suggests, the Microsoft Forms application allows you to create polls, surveys or questionnaires in an intuitive way - and, of course, to collect responses. This tool is particularly useful when it comes to creating customer satisfaction surveys and contact forms, but there's more! Microsoft Forms also allows you to survey your teams' satisfaction or to obtain their opinion on a given subject in a few clicks. Practical, for taking the temperature remotely and including your employees in the decision-making process!
Microsoft Planner, the task manager
The Microsoft Planner application promotes teamwork in an intuitive and collaborative way. How does it do this? By allowing your teams to plan their tasks, organize their projects, set deadlines, share files, etc. A bit like Asana or Trello! This task manager also allows you to obtain regular follow-up on the tasks in progress on a dashboard. The icing on the cake: Microsoft Planner integrates perfectly with Teams, as you can imagine!
An example of the Planner's use is the editorial calendar for social networks 👇
- Categories: display your territories of expression and their level of importance in percentages on your page.
- Ideas box: put all your ideas for posts and inspirations in it.
- Draft: when you start writing a post, switch it to Draft.
- In validation process / En validation: at this level, you can tag the person in charge of validating the post to send them a notification.
- To Schedule: once the post is validated, you can put it in this tab before completing the task.
Mozzaik365 is not an application per se. It is a natural extension to SharePoint (also called a " Plug-in " or " Add-in "). Its role? To expand the possibilities of SharePoint to facilitate teamwork.
In practice, Mozzaik365 adds many internal communications, knowledge management and collaboration features to SharePoint. Our tool also allows you to add design elements to this intranet solution: a way for companies to create a Digital Workplace that looks like them.
The good news for Teams fans? Mozzaik365 is available in Teams and integrates with Viva Connections, one of the four Viva! applications.
Application for Teams: Power BI
Making data talk: that's what this suite of software and applications is all about. The objective: to move from raw and disparate data to clear and intelligible visualizations. In other words, Power BI is a business intelligence solution for collecting, analyzing and visualizing data.
👉 To integrate this tool into Microsoft Teams, it's very simple: just add a Power Bi tab to your communication application! You can then embed Power BI reports in Teams and start conversations about it.
An example of Power BI usage: the dashboard Customer profitability
In concrete terms, this dashboard makes it possible to :
- Measuring a company's gross margin ;
- Identify its number of customers and products;
- Monitor the evolution of your turnover over the months;
- Compare actual turnover with forecast turnover.
As its name suggests, Microsoft Stream is a video streaming solution. What makes it special? It allows the sharing of videos between teams and employees (whether for meetings, training, etc.). Basically, this corporate video service allows your employees to share videos (meetings, presentations, etc.) in complete security. A valuable ally in a context of extended teleworking, it improves internal communication and facilitates the sharing of knowledge and information.
👉 Integrating Stream into Teams is easy: just open a Stream tab in Teams and add it to the channel of your choice.