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Teams Quick Start Guide

Check if you have Teams

Teams is being automatically installed on all university owned Windows devices, and is part of the standard Windows 10 build for new or rebuilt devices.

If you have Windows 10, you may already have the Microsoft Teams application installed. To check, look in your Apps list:

Press the Start (Windows key ⊞), then find Microsoft Corporation on the list; click on that and if you see Microsoft Teams then you have it installed.

The screenshot below shows what you should see in your Start menu if you have Teams.

Don't have Teams? how to get it

If you don't have Teams you can download the Windows desktop app from here:

Alternatively, you can use the web version, which is the same as the desktop version. Log in with your university email address and password:

Mac user? You can download the desktop app for Mac here (OS X 10.10+) or use the web version.

Linux user? You will need to use the web version as there isn't a Teams app for Linux (yet).

Smartphone or mobile user? You can download the Android or iOS client from your Store (search for Microsoft Teams). The app requires at least Android 4.4 or IOS 10.0. It is not available for Windows phones. Log in with your university email address and password.

Sign In

Once Teams has downloaded and installed, you will prompted to sign in.

To sign in, put in your university email address at the Teams prompt. As you have used a university email address, Teams will take you to the University log in page where your email address will be prefilled, so complete the log in with your university password.

The screenshots below show the log in process.

Teams navigation

This is a link to an interactive demo (5 minutes) which will take you round the main features of Teams: Microsoft Teams demo

We have also produced some guides for you:

Link to the PowerPoint presentation "Teams UI Intro".

Link to Powerpoint Reference Guide

Find a Team

Here are some University of Reading Teams to get you started.

Both of these are areas where you can ask questions and find out more about Teams.

This link will show you how to find a Team and request to join it: Find and Join a Team

If you need to order a new Team, please do this by logging a call with the IT Service Desk (link in Need Help?): Place a request - Office 365 Teams - Request a new Team.

Note: You don't need to be signed up to a Team or channel to be able to chat, make calls or have meetings with people.

Start using Teams

Now you have Teams, here are a few things to try straight away. The links will take you to "How To" the Microsoft website.

Note internal calls only until full migration in Spring 2020.

Existing Skype for Business user? Skype for Business will be going by the end of 2019, so now is the time to start using Teams instead for the chats and calls which you make with SfB.


Setting up Teams