Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams provides a chat-centered work space to bring conversations, project files and collaborative tools into a single interface for instant access to everything a work group needs. Log in:

Features include:
  • Teams. Create a work or project team and add other users. NOTE: Users are added individually to a Team site.
  • Channels. Focused chat conversations. Channels are open to all team members.
  • Private Chats. Private conversations between two or more team members.
  • File space. Securely store and edit files.
  • Tabs. Customize for each channel. Store and edit files, create a staff notebook to keep meeting minutes, track conversations or add other apps, like Planner, to the team space.
  • Social Media. Use likes, @mentions and replies.

Desktop and Mobile App Downloads

For a more seamless experience, download the Teams app for your computer or mobile device. Microsoft makes this easy through links and prompts in the Office 365 Teams Web interface or the Teams download page.

  1. Log in to
  2. From the app launcher icon, choose Teams.
  3. Click the link in the download prompt at the top of the page. There is also a download link on the left and from your profile.

The Teams mobile app is available through the app store for your mobile device.


Tutorials and Handouts

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Access Teams through the Office 365 web portal: Click the app launcher icon and choose Teams.

  2. Download the desktop or mobile app:

At the bottom of the Team/Channel list (on the left of the screen), click the Add Team link.

Currently, there is not a limit to the number of teams a user can create.

Click the Create Team link, choose the team type, add the name and description. Private (only you can add members) is the default setting, but the drop-down menu allows you to make the team public, if you like. Most teams are private.

A Team is a collection of people, conversations, files and tools. A Channel is one or more discussion topics within a Team.

All members have access to all channels within a Team.

Yes! Beginning March 2018, you can add a non-ECU collaborator to your team as a guest through an external email account like Gmail or

A guest account is appropriate for research partners, vendors or consultants. Those without a Microsoft account are prompted to set up the free account and then have full access to chats, files, notebooks, etc.

Guests are subject to the same compliance and auditing protection as Office 365 team members. To learn more about

You can share files, folders and tools within your Team. All Team members have access to all content within the Team space, including all Channels.

A Note on Sharing

As with any technology or method used to share files, consider the information shared and with whom it should be shared. If you share content using a link via OneDrive with View Access, recipients are able to download and save your shared content. Documents can also be copied and saved through a screenshot. So, think before you share!

No. All Team members have access to any file, conversation and tab within a Team.

No. To move a file, first select the file, then the new location to move or copy the file.

You can also work with Teams files from OneDrive on the web.

When moving or copying files to a OneDrive folder within Teams, you can move up to 20 files at a time.

You can also work with the files from within the OneDrive web space.

Currently, you can only remove your own messages.

Teams files are stored in a OneDrive folder. OneDrive for Business is approved for storage of non-sensitive ECU files and FERPA data pertaining to student/instructor collaboration. Any other sensitive information should always be stored in a secure Piratedrive folder.

See this easy-to-read grid for the proper storage and transmission of sensitive data.

Only a Team's Owner can add and remove members and assign permissions. The original Owner can assign the role of Owner or Member to team members.

If the Team Owner leaves ECU, the team remains. It is recommended that the Owner assign another member owner privileges before the exit date. However, if the team has no owner, a member can request to be added as the owner to take over this role.

An owner clicks the ellipsis beside the team name to access the menu. The Manage Team option allows the owner to change the role of other members.


You can sync Teams folders the same way you sync other shared folders.

Yes, the team still exists, and members still have access to all information. However, team members cannot add new members or remove existing members.

It is recommended that an Owner assign a member as the new owner before leaving. If this does not happen, a group member can request to be made the team's Owner.

After graduation, you will no longer have access to Teams or your Team OneDrive cloud storage folder/s. 

If you need to keep the files stored in your Teams File space (Team OneDrive storage), copy those files over to your student OneDrive cloud storage folder, which ports over to the alumni system along with your email.

No. Once you leave ECU, your PirateID is deactivated, and you can no longer access your Team interface.

Therefore, before your exit date, copy any documents over to a personal space.