About Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is a service that combines several parts of Office 365 into one package.  The main interface is a community chat window.  Other apps include an attached document repository and group mailbox.  Microsoft Teams can be used from a web browser, or from an app on your computer or mobile device. This service is available to any active faculty, staff or student.  Outside guests can also be added to existing Teams.

Creating a Team

At the bottom of the Team list there is a Join or create a team button.  Click that button and follow the instructions to create a Team.  Review the naming conventions (below) for advice on naming your team.  We recommend adding a description to be able to identify what your Team is for.  Depending on your Team's purpose, you may want to include some document tabs that cover some basic information; for example, “Community Guidelines”, “Usage”, or “Etiquette Guidelines”.

Naming Conventions

We have two naming restrictions: all teams must start with “Team-“, and we maintain a list of blocked words that you cannot use.  We also have some guidance for naming teams:

  • Name teams specifically, to avoid confusion. 
  • Do not assume a top level name when a sublevel name is more appropriate; for example “Team-advisement” for a departmental advisement group would be a poor choice. 
  • Try to follow a sensible naming pattern (see below for some examples).
Team Naming Conventions
Team use Format Example(s)
Class Team-<class prefix>-<class code/number>-<section>-<semester> Team-MEEG-417-010-2018F
Departmental unit – general Team-<department code>-<unit>


Cross Departmental – general communication


Team-<General Topic>


Cross Departmental – Project specific

Team-<Project Name>

Team-Project-<project name>



Microsoft Documentation:

Microsoft Teams information site: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/education/products/teams/default.aspx

Microsoft landing page for Microsoft Teams technical documention: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/MicrosoftTeams/Microsoft-Teams#pivot=home&panel=home-all

Microsoft get started with Teams landing page: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/MicrosoftTeams/get-started-with-teams-landing-page

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Microsoft Teams is a cloud based chat and collaboration-based platform available to all current University of Delaware faculty, staff, and students through UD's Office365 subscription.