SharePoint is all about content management and storage. Even OneDrive is basically a simplified SharePoint

SharePoint once was a toxic concept. As often it was presented as something simple but the reality is more unruly. 

With the release of SharePoint 2013 and the early releases of Office 365 (cloud), Microsoft even avoided the brand name. 


Another key component of Teams is to cover everything about messaging. By integrating with Microsoft Outlook, Exchange (online) make use of hosted email, calendars, tasks, and contacts.

Learning objective

In the first walk around we discovered Microsft 365 somewhat superficial. In this session we discuss, Teams, Yammer, Stream, and other main components through the eyes of an information manager.

Let there be Groups

“Groups” started as an extension of the Exchange concept, and it’s all about shared resources like joint calendars, and mail communities because they were in a good mood they even added a SharePoint to it for joint information storage

Teams the next big thing

Microsoft Teams is built around the idea of ad-hoc teams, combined with the power of Skype. Teams integrate with Groups and are useful for Small Projects, Departments that need fast collaboration conversations via Skype. Microsoft Teams has a great user interface, is very easy to use, and is the same whether on the web or using the mobile app.

The downside of using Teams, is the confusion about when to use them, tracking and reporting data. Even though the core data is saved back into a SharePoint site, it can very quickly become very complicated to hop around and do what you need like you would using a SharePoint team site. The last problem is that to get the full Team experience, you really need to use the Teams applications either on your mobile device or desktop. Though you may be used to using apps this way, having a dependency on features this way though good for Microsoft could be a hindrance to user adoption.

  • Teams is aimed at internal collaboration and currently offers no external sharing option, while Groups allows for outside members incorporation.
  • Emphasis on security is greater in Teams, which always requires multi-factor authentication for entry. Because of this privacy, different Teams cannot be searched for, posing the problem of duplicates being created.
  • Inversely, Groups can be found by simply browsing Office 365
  • On the other end, chat, Wiki, Channels, business to Skype integration, and selective enablement and disablement of services/workloads are accessible solely to Teams. 
  • The most notable difference between the two is the chat feature in Teams. This orients Teams as the communicative side of the pairing, and the best option for continual commutations between members.