Teams is Microsoft's play in the competitive collaboration business. Like Slack and HipChat, it's a chat-based system. But as well as chat, Teams is about allowing coworkers to work together. Of course, that means being able to access content easily.
As part of Microsoft's increased openness to working with third parties, a new integration with Dropbox has been announced, so people can work together on files stored in Dropbox.
The integration, announced on the Dropbox blog, allows users to add Dropbox folders into Teams channels, once the new function is added by an administrator.
And, in the coming weeks another new integration will Windows users to add Dropbox as a destination when saving or opening their Office files on desktop.
There was a time when there was very little chance Microsoft would integrate a competing service. But this new Microsoft is far more open. This is good news for users.
In September, we reported that Microsoft was creating a competitor to work messenger app Slack. Now it has officially lifted the curtains on the project. The new collaboration offering is called Microsoft Teams and is now available in public preview. IT administrators working in organisations with certain types of Office 365 licences can try it out now and there's even a Developer Preview program that lets developers get started on building apps for Teams. Here are all the details for IT administrators, developers and would-be users.