Microsoft Teams is a hub where a team or group of colleagues can find both the tools and content they need to get a collaborative task done. One of its key features that currently sets it apart from its competitors is that it lets users share and view documents created in Office 365 applications such as Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook. Skype is also built into Teams, allowing users to make and receive video HD conference calls within the program.

Teams seamlessly integrates with Microsoft 365 and works in your web browser, in the Teams apps for Windows, Mac, iOS, Android and Windows 10 Mobile. All access points use the familiar Office 365 sign-in process, including multi-factor authentication to ensure the security of your content at all times.

One feature that has been letting Teams down since its release last year is its inability to allow external users without a corporate account to be added to it. However, Microsoft has recently introduced the ability to invite any guest collaborator to a chat room without requiring an Active Directory account. This game-changing feature means Microsoft Teams could soon become the preferred platform ahead of Slack used by organisations for workplace chat, meetings and project collaboration.

The addition of this feature will make the app more competitive and will allow users to add any external contributor to collaborate with them, whether it be a client, freelancer, business partner or business associate, you will simply be able to select Add Members in the menu and provide the email address of the person you are wanting to add.

With its integrated Office 365 apps, customisation abilities and enterprise security, compliance and manageability, Microsoft Teams looks set to tackle its main rival Slack for the top spot in the market.

Hayden McMaster