Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams brings together people, conversation, and content, enabling more efficient productivity and collaboration – especially in a flexible first work environment. 

Teams seamlessly combines chat, video/voice, calendar, file sharing, and many other features into one application. Use Teams to share and collaborate with colleagues on Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneDrive files – or conduct video calls. 

U-M ITS also offers Microsoft Teams to all faculty, staff, and students; however, this campus service is not HIPAA compliant and cannot be used to store or share sensitive data. Users are unable to migrate content or workflows created in the campus service to the Michigan Medicine service. 

How do I access Microsoft Teams?

  • CoreImage computers: The application will appear in your Start menu. If it is missing, follow these instructions.

  • Web Browser: You can also access Teams via any web browser on any device by going to Sign in with your @med email address and UMICH password. A VPN connection is not required. 

  • Mobile Devices: Download the Teams mobile app from the iOS Apple Store or Google Play Store. You will need Microsoft Intune installed on your device in order to use the mobile app. 

How can I create a new “team” in Microsoft Teams?

In Microsoft Teams, teams are groups of people brought together for work, projects, or common interests. At Michigan Medicine, teams must also be active directory groups. If you are the owner of an active directory group, you can use the group management tool to turn it into a team. For a new group, submit an active directory request

How is Microsoft Teams different from Slack or Zoom?

Collaboration and communication tools like Teams, Slack, and Zoom are key to any flexible first workplace. While you can use any of these tools to chat, call, or videoconference, Teams integrates with the full Microsoft 365 suite, including your email, calendar, and Office applications, allowing you to quickly see a colleague’s availability or collaborate in real-time on a PowerPoint file – all within one application! 

Can I store sensitive data in Microsoft Teams?

The Michigan Medicine instance of Microsoft 365, including Teams, was designed for high data sensitivity, including Protected Health Information (PHI). 

Where can I learn more about using Microsoft Teams?

HITS also periodically offers virtual instructor-led training courses (search ‘M365’ in MLearning to see available courses). Additional course dates are added monthly, so check back periodically. If courses are full, please utilize the excellent resources listed above.