12 Days of Microsoft Teams | Day 10

Increase Efficiency with Tabs

Welcome to Day 10 of PixelMill’s ‘12 Days of Microsoft Teams’ series! If you find yourself spending the work day hunting for the right tool or conversation and you can’t seem to keep everything straight, today’s tip is here to help you create an effective way to put it all in one place. Enjoy!

Microsoft Teams offers a wealth of useful collaboration features, but arguably one of the most complex and promising features is Tabs. Digital workspaces should make our jobs easier, bring about better collaboration and increase efficiency. One of the most common complaints about collaboration and communication tools like portals and chat software programs is having to switch between tools, thwarting true effectiveness, aside from just being downright annoying. Teams tabs to the rescue!
Tabs are an effective and efficient way to access many resources from other sources including, files, stats/metrics, along with other Microsoft O365 and third-party tools like Planner, Power BI, Flow, SharePoint, OneNote, Word, Excel, Calendar, Stream, PowerPoint, PowerApps, Jira, Salesforce, Bots like Polly, Adobe, Hootsuite, GitHub, Trello, SurveyMonkey, Zendesk, and so many more, without ever leaving Teams. Here are the basics:
How to Add a Tab in Microsoft Teams

  1. Select  + on the tab bar in the channel
  2. Select the tab you want
  3. Choose what the tab will point (i.e., if you select OneNote, you’ll choose the specific notebook for that tab)
  4. Give the tab a name
  5. Select Save

Remember that if a website is added to a tab, it must be https for security. To learn more about the technical requirements for a tab visit: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoftteams/platform/concepts/tabs/tabs-requirements
Tab Specific Conversations
Tabs also have their own conversations, making collaborating on specific tab content a breeze. For example, in a MS Word tab, your team can collaborate on a proposal. When the proposal is done and sent off to the client the tab can be removed, and your doc will be archived where you saved it.
SharePoint Framework Provides Rich Integration Capabilities
A big game changer came to us in November. With SharePoint Framework v.1.7, Teams tabs can be displayed in SharePoint and vice versa via SharePoint Framework. As tabs hosted in SharePoint get a similar “full page” experience, we’ll be able to expose all the features of Teams tabs while retaining the context and familiarity of a SharePoint site. To learn more visit:  https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoftteams/platform/concepts/tabs/tabs-in-sharepoint
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