All About Microsoft 365 Collaboration Tools
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All About Microsoft 365 Collaboration Tools

CIOReview | Thursday, August 26, 2021

Fremont, CA: Outlook Groups, Yammer, and Microsoft Teams are three communication and collaboration tools in Microsoft 365 that offer essentially similar solutions for the same issue. They do, however, have slight distinctions that define them from one another. These are:

Outlook Groups

Every member of an Outlook Group gets their own inbox, calendar, project planner, journal, and paper library. Third-party applications like Twitter, Trello, and Mailchimp can also be linked so that messages are sent directly to your shared inbox.

Since all related messages and information are sent to one location, Outlook Groups is perfect if most of your communications are conducted via email. Furthermore, HR and sales divisions that connect with third parties would benefit significantly from its email capabilities.

However, email overload is a significant disadvantage in Outlook Groups. Users can become frustrated by the number of emails they have to go through each day because all messages and alerts are sent to one inbox.

Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams, a chat-based collaboration network akin to Slack, integrates with Skype for Business, allowing you to email, call, video chat, and share files with coworkers. You can also operate on shared files without leaving the app, thanks to its seamless integrations with other Microsoft 365 programs.

Microsoft Teams, unlike Groups, were designed for more advanced teamwork, making it ideal for completing projects with tight deadlines or other activities that need immediate input.


Yammer integrates well with Microsoft 365 applications such as Outlook and OneDrive. Also, Yammer is a professional social media tool designed to promote open collaboration and break down team barriers.

Important files and updates can be shared with the entire organization via Yammer, which functions similarly to an office bulletin board. Users can also follow and comment on the most shared posts in their feeds.

Yammer also incorporates design elements and features from social media apps such as Facebook, making it a standard option among businesses with millennial employees.