UNC faculty, staff, and students have access to Microsoft Teams as a part of their Office 365 accounts. Microsoft Teams is a way for people at UNC to host conversations and content—along with the tools that teams need—so they can easily collaborate to achieve more. Because it is an Office product, it's integrated with the other familiar Office applications. It is also hosted in the Office 365 global, secure cloud, making it a great way to share more secure information with colleagues.
For UNC employees and students, access is simple.
- Go to https://teams.microsoft.com/
- Login with your UNC email and password.
Schedule a Meeting
Meetings created in Teams will automatically post to your Outlook calendar.
- Check out our Teams Quick Guide to set up your first meeting.
Meetings vs Live Events
Microsoft Teams gives users the option to create either a Meeting or a Live Event. What's the difference?
Teams Meetings are designed for synchronous collaboration. Currently, a Teams Meeting is limited to a total of 250 people on the call. Attendees can share webcam video, create a whiteboard, or share out their desktop. Invitations can be sent to individuals or teams of people. Meetings are best used for smaller, collaborative efforts.
Teams Live Events are designed for presentation style meetings, where most attendees are “view only”. With this version of Teams, up to 10,000 attendees can join the event, but can only participate via text-based Q&A.
The standard Live Event mode allows multiple, virtual presenters who can share audio, webcams and their screens to present content. Teams Live Sessions are best used for one-to-many presentation.
Because Microsoft Teams uses UNC's multi-factor authentication and is a part of our Azure cloud server, Microsoft Teams is UNC's recommendation when collaborating on sensitive data related to UNC employees and students.
Teams - from Microsoft Help
Where bandwidth isn't limited, Teams optimizes media quality, including up to 1080p video resolution, up to 30fps for video and 15fps for content, and high-fidelity audio.
Teams is always conservative on bandwidth utilization and can deliver HD video quality in under 1.2Mbps.
- Peer-to-peer Audio - 30kbps
- Peer-to-peer audio calling and screen sharing - 130 kbps
- Peer-to-peer quality video calling 360p at 30fps - 500 kbps
- Peer-to-peer HD quality video calling with resolution of HD 720p at 30fps - 1.2Mbps
- Peer-to-peer HD quality video calling with resolution of HD 1080p at 30fps - 1.5Mbps
- Group Video calling - 500kbps/1Mbps
- HD Group video calling (540p videos on 1080p screen) - 1Mbps/2Mbps
Microsoft has recently changed the way that Teams Meeting Recordings are stored.
Historically recordings were stored in Microsoft Stream. Moving forward for standard meetings, the recordings will automatically be saved in the OneDrive of the person who recorded the Meeting. The permissions will automatically be set to allow for anyone who attended the meeting will be able to access the recording.
Teams Meetings that are associated with a Teams Channel will be saved to the SharePoint Online site of that Team. All meeting recordings will still be accessible via the Teams chat for that meeting as they are today.
This change will now allow for more flexibility in sharing these recordings, including the ability to share them outside the organization if needed (Stream could not do this). Some functionality that was in Stream, such as meeting transcriptions, has not yet been included in the OneDrive storage location. These features will be added by Microsoft at a later date. If you need audio transcription for your meeting recording, it is recommended that Zoom be used until Microsoft adds the functionality.