Today I Learned: Microsoft Office 365 Application Series – Teams Part IV
Today continues a series of posts about Microsoft Office 365 applications that have recently become available to FIS customers. The purpose here is to help you use these applications in a more efficient manner and make their first-time use much less imposing. We are going to continue discussing Teams. Part I discussed what Teams is, how to access it, and how to create a team. Part II discussed the various channel spaces within the team you created. Part III focused on meetings, managing your team, and apps. Part IV is going to focus on Polly as well as briefly touch on chat, activity, T-bot, and search.
Polly is a bot that allows you to create polls. It can be downloaded through apps and integrated into Teams as its own tab. You can view the various polls you created, view poll results, and see who created polls once Polly is its own tab on the team channel you created. To create a poll, go to the conversations tab on the team channel you created. Once there, click in the “Start a new conversation. Type @ to mention someone” field. Enter @Polly and type in your question and poll options. For example, “Do you like Microsoft Teams? Yes, No” and hit enter. Polly will then create the poll for you. Keep in mind Polly cannot have more than five options as of right now.
Chat functions in much the same way as Skype for Business. It allows you to directly chat with members of your team. The member of your team who you are chatting with is the only person who is able to see what is being discussed. Chat also gives you the option to audio and video call. This option is located in the top right-hand corner of the chat you are within.
Activity keeps track of what’s going on within Teams. Each new or unchecked activity will be highlighted in bold. When you click on an activity, you will be directly taken to the section of Teams that it occurred in. Activity also contains a filter option. Filter allows you to sort by unread, mentions, replies, following, likes, missed call, voicemail, and apps.
T-bot is located within the chat location. It provides answers to questions about using Teams.
Search is just like it sounds. It will allow you to search for anything that was mentioned within Teams. It is located at the top of the application at all times.
This ends the series on Microsoft Teams. Please check in next week as we delve into Microsoft Planner. For more information, please submit a help ticket through the FIS portal.