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Campus Leaders: Consider Microsoft Teams for collaboration by non-teaching employees

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Information Technology Services has some helpful information if you are trying to decide whether to use Teams or Zoom for collaboration and communication while your employees are offsite.

Microsoft Teams is the recommended approach if storing, sharing and collaborating on documents with WVU colleagues is a priority. Teams lets you schedule or join online meetings for up to 250 people, including student workers, using the web or desktop and mobile applications.

To join an online meeting, attendees will need access to speakers and a microphone. These are built into many laptops, but you can also connect external speakers or headset to your computer. Go to your app store and install the Microsoft Teams application to use Teams on your smartphone.

Please note that an additional Microsoft 365 Audio Conferencing License is required if you need meeting participants to be able to dial in using only a phone number. However, only the person scheduling the meeting needs to have this license. These can be added to an individual account by request, but ITS currently has a limited number of these licenses.

For meetings with external parties, Zoom is a good option for real-time video conferencing, online meetings and collaboration, and it is now available to all WVU faculty, staff and students at Resources on how to use Zoom are available online. Just log in with your WVU credentials and authenticate through single sign-on, as you do with other services.