Microsoft Teams

What is Microsoft Teams?

Microsoft Teams is a unified communication and collaboration platform where people including those outside Princeton University, can actively connect and collaborate in real time to get things done. It includes persistent workplace chat, video meetings, file storage (including collaboration on files), and integrations with other Office365 applications.

What Microsoft Teams Offers at Princeton 

Teams offers your group/project the tools needed to be successful and stay organized. 

Collaboration with Guests

Microsoft Teams can also be used to collaborate with guests outside the University. Please see the Guest Access in Microsoft Teams page.

How to Request a Microsoft Teams Site

Request a new Microsoft Teams or SharePoint Online site here.

Compare Microsoft Teams to SharePoint




Audio, Video and Chat-based workspace

Site and content management in an Intranet portal

Designed for Peer-to-peer collaboration

Can be built to support operations based on Organizational structure

Enables group self-governance

Offers forms, workflows, calendars and approval routing

Multiple channels promote focused discussion and content sharing

Enables management of lists and views


Great for:

Great for:

  • Project Groups
  • Cross organization communication, content and activities
  • Ad-hoc teams
  • Departmental news and information
  • Area of expertise groups
  • Employee directory
  • Boards, committees etc.
  • Departmental documents/file storage and search
  • On the go, real-time communication
  • Employee facing processes


  • Process automation via workflows, forms and notifications

Not great for:

Not great for:

  • Department/organization level content management
  • Real-time communication
  • Intranet or division sites
  • Meetings and active collaboration
  • Content/collaboration that is open to everyone
  • Closed-group discussions
  • Platform to provide services department/organization wide
  • Short term projects