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Microsoft Teams is a chat-based workspace in Office 365. It is a digital hub for teamwork that brings conversations, content and apps together in one place. Teams built on capabilities of SharePoint and Skype for Business, Microsoft Teams makes collaboration easy. You can share ideas anywhere on your desktop or mobile devices and have instant access to everything your team needs. Teams is available for all EdUHK members with access to Office 365.

Unlike OneDrive for Business, which is owned by a single user, you can have multiple owners in a team. Staff members do not need to worry about the continuity of a team if you have added others as co-owners. Besides, there is no need to worry about storage capacity as they use what they need and up to a maximum of 25 terabytes (TB) per team site.

  1. How to access Microsoft Teams?
  2. Download Client Apps
  3. Features Highlight
  4. Start an instant or schedule a Teams Meeting
  5. Join a Microsoft Teams Meeting
  6. Show your screen during a meeting
  7. Assign roles to each participant
  8. How to retrieve the attendance list for a MS Teams meeting?
  9. Limits and Specifications
  10. Resources

How to access Microsoft Teams?

Microsoft Teams provides web client, desktop client and mobile app.

Access Teams via a web browser
  1. Open a web browser and visit http://portal.office.com.
  2. Login with your EdUHK email address and password.
  3. From the App launcher on the upper left hand side, choose Teams.
    Launch Team from the O365 app launcher

  4. After successful sign in, you can start using Microsoft Teams.
Access Teams via the Microsoft Teams App
  1. Start Teams.
    • For Windows: Click Start > Microsoft Teams.
    • For Mac: From the finder menu, click Go > Applications and click Microsoft Teams.
    • For mobile: Tap the Teams icon.
  2. Sign in with your EdUHK email address and password.

Download Client Apps

Get Teams on your device: https://teams.microsoft.com/download.

For mobile users, you can download the app at:

  • Available on:
  • For iOS - Download in App Store
  • For Android - Download in Google Play

Features highlight

The following key features are included in MS Teams:

  • Chat - It is a persistent chat workspace to store threaded conversations, including private chats with classmates/colleagues/guests or group chats among team members. Chat history can be reviewed by any current and new members.
  • Conference Call – Audio/video conference and screen sharing are available.
  • Channel - A channel is a discussion topic in a team. You can create channels for different subjects, projects and etc.
  • Tab - Teams also allows you to add Tabs to frequently used files on OneDrive document library, OneNote Online, SharePoint as well as other cloud services and external websites.
  • Multi-platforms – You can use MS Teams on Outlook on the Web (web browser), MS Teams client as well as mobile devices running on iOS, Android OS and Windows Mobile.

Using Microsoft Teams for Video Meeting

Video Meeting is one of the features on Teams. You can either schedule a meeting or start an instant meeting.

Start an instant meeting
  1. Open Teams
  2. Click "Calendar" from the left menu. Then click "Meet now".
    Launch Teams instant meeting using the calendar meet now button

  3. Enter the meeting title and choose whether you want to use video, and pick your preferred audio source.
  4. Click "Join Now" to start the meeting.
    Launch Team using the calendar meet now button

  5. To invite people to join, you can either enter the name of the person (for EdUHK members) or click the "Copy Join Info" to copy the invitation link to send to the invitees.
    Invite people to join Teams meeting

Schedule a Teams meeting using Outlook.

Note:   Students are not able to schedule Teams meeting as there is no mailbox and calendar on students’ O365 account. Students can only start an instant meeting.

Your calendar in Teams is connected to your Office 365 calendar. In other words, when you schedule a meeting in Outlook, it will show up in Teams, and vice versa.

  1. Open Outlook.
  2. Go to the Calendar view.
  3. Click "New Teams Meeting" from the ribbon bar.
    Schedule a Teams meeting from the Outlook calendar

  4. Add invitees under “To” Field. Add your meeting subject and select the start time and end time.
    Schedule a Teams meeting from the calendar

  5. Teams allows you to invite people from outside your organization, including those who do not have a Teams license. To do so, click Meeting Options to set who can bypass the lobby (i.e. waiting room) and who can present.
    Schedule a Teams meeting from the calendar

    Schedule a Teams meeting from the calendar

    Schedule a Teams meeting from the calendar

  6. [Optional] If you want to send the invitation URL through other means, you can copy the meeting link named "Join Microsoft Teams Meeting" from the meeting details.
  7. After all the meeting details are added, click ”Send” and the meeting invitation will be sent to the invitees.

For details, please visit Schedule a Teams meeting from Outlook.

If you would like to schedule a meeting using Teams directly, please visit Schedule a meeting in Teams.


Join a Microsoft Teams Meeting

To join a scheduled meeting that you have been invited to:

Join a meeting using Teams

If you have Teams installed:

  1. You can use the invitation link to join a meeting.
  2. Click the "Join Teams Meeting" link in your invitation.
    Join Teams meeting via the invitation URL

  3. Click "Join Now".
    Launch Team using the calendar meet now button

 

Join a meeting using a web browser.

If you don't have Teams, you can join on the web instead:

  1. When you open invitation URL from a web browser, you will be prompt for two choices. Download the Windows app or Join on the web instead.
    Join Teams meeting via the invitation URL

  2. If you select to join via web, type in your name and select Join now.
    Join Teams meeting via the invitation URL

  3. If you have a Teams account, select sign in to view the meeting chat and more.
  4. Choose the audio and video settings you want.
  5. Depending on meeting settings, you'll go to a lobby where attendees can admit you.

 


Show your screen during a meeting

In Microsoft Teams, you can show your desktop, a specific app, presentation, or any file while in a meeting.

For details, please visit:

 


Assign roles to each participant

If you're organizing a meeting with multiple attendees, you may want to assign roles to each participant to determine who can do what in the meeting. There are two roles to choose from: presenter and attendee. Presenters can do just about anything in a meeting, while the role of an attendee is more controlled. For details, please visit "Roles in a Teams meeting".

Make a presenter/attendee

You can make a participant as a presenter or attendee during the meeting.

    Make a presenter
  1. Click the "Show participants" icon in the meeting controls.
  2. Find the person you want to be a presenter in the list.
  3. Right click the person and choose "Make a presenter.
    Make a presenter

 

    Make an attendee
  1. Click the "Show participants" icon in the meeting controls.
  2. Find the person you want to be a presenter in the list.
  3. Right click the person and choose "Make a attendee".
    Make a attendee

 


Limits and Specifications

For details, please visit https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoftteams/limits-specifications-teams.


Resources

For more guides and FAQ, visit Microsoft Teams Help Center.