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Microsoft Teams - Teams and Channels

This page contains an overview of the difference between Teams and Channels.

A team is a group of people gathered to get something big done in your organization. Sometimes it’s your whole organization. Teams are made up of channels, which are the conversations you have with your teammates. Each channel is dedicated to a specific topic, department or project. 

Screenshot of a Microsoft Team with the various channels listed beneath

For example, the NDSU IT Division Example team has General, Classroom Technology Example, Enterprise Computing and Infrastructure Example, IT Help Desk Example and a couple more channels. All the conversations, meetings, files and apps in the IT Help Desk Example channel have to do with the Help Desk, and everything in this channel is visible to everyone on the NDSU IT Division Example team.

To learn how to create a Team, visit Microsoft Teams - Create a Team

Team Owners vs Members

  • Owners - Team owners manage settings for the team such as adding and removing members and changing team setting. There can be multiple owners in a team.
  • Members - Members are the people in the team. They talk with other team members in conversations. They can view and usually upload and change files. They also do the usual sorts of collaboration that the team owners have permitted.


For an in-depth look at how Teams and Channels can be used, check out this recording of an NDUS Microsoft Teams training session: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAXbrO9GWHU&feature=youtu.be

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Keywords:team, channel, group, members, groups, microsoftteams   Doc ID:108575
Owner:NDSU Help Desk .Group:IT Knowledge Base
Created:2021-01-25 14:28 CDTUpdated:2021-09-13 14:28 CDT
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