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All NHS staff will be able to use Microsoft Teams for free so they can quickly communicate with colleagues during the Coranavirus outbreak.

Key workers will be able to use instant messaging and audio and video calls to share advice and updates on their patients, wherever they are.

Ian Phoenix, Director of Technology at NHS Digital, said: “Technology is key to supporting patients who are self-isolating and makes sure they have the information they need and access to medical support and advice. For doctors and NHS staff this means that working remotely becomes much easier and more practical.”

NHS Digital is rolling Teams out all NHSmail users between March 16 and March 20.

NHS organisations that are not using the NHSmail system will also be given free access to Teams if they apply directly to Microsoft. They will also have access to NHS Digital’s NHSmail support site to help them roll-out Teams.

The NHS has said Teams will be protected and monitored within its Secure Boundary – the security solution run by the healthcare provider that offers protection against security threats.

Cindy Rose, Chief Executive of Microsoft UK, said: “Microsoft is fully committed to assisting the NHS at this incredibly challenging time. The use of Microsoft Teams will ensure the hardworking doctors, nurses and support staff across all NHS organisations have the collaboration tools they need to carry out their vital work. We are hugely appreciative of their ongoing efforts to tackle COVID-19 and will continue to provide support however best we can.”

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Come on, using Microsoft products is the very last thing they need right now.
MildmanneredCalvin14/04/2020 11:11

Never used Microsoft teams don't have a clue what this platform is all …Never used Microsoft teams don't have a clue what this platform is all about.


Microsoft answer to slack.

I've used it for work for a while now. It works (unlike Skype)
We use teams, did so before COVID-19 hit. Had a conference call with over 200 people the other day. Zero lag, zero sound issues. Worth noting the freebie version for the NHS doesn't allow you the full feature set of teams, but it's still good for groups who are now WFH. And it's not Zoom, which NHS staff are not meant to use for security reasons.
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Come on, using Microsoft products is the very last thing they need right now.
Universities can also use it, just a heads up. For lecturer contact face-to-face.
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Never used Microsoft teams don't have a clue what this platform is all about.
MildmanneredCalvin14/04/2020 11:11

Never used Microsoft teams don't have a clue what this platform is all …Never used Microsoft teams don't have a clue what this platform is all about.


Microsoft answer to slack.

I've used it for work for a while now. It works (unlike Skype)
honeybags22514/04/2020 10:53

Come on, using Microsoft products is the very last thing they need right …Come on, using Microsoft products is the very last thing they need right now.


Surgery's use these now rather than all get together in one room. Great way to communicate to all in small to medium size team. Heat from me.
Dillz_14/04/2020 11:00

Universities can also use it, just a heads up. For lecturer contact …Universities can also use it, just a heads up. For lecturer contact face-to-face.


But that's not free, although its not that expensive if you compare to commercial prices. Broadly the university has to pay for the staff to grant free access for students.
plunet14/04/2020 11:15

But that's not free, although its not that expensive if you compare to …But that's not free, although its not that expensive if you compare to commercial prices. Broadly the university has to pay for the staff to grant free access for students.


You're right about not free, but just saying they can use it rather than an additional fee if they don't know they can use it.

People getting scholarships or paid PhD's or NHS funded courses too, so I guess not everyone pays.
If its more secure and better for privacy than Zoom then that's a benefit.
You really need to check with your employer about this. Its not safe on your own device. Health boards have different rules in place which supercede what has been put out.
Using it for work from home. Pretty good Tbh...
We use it in my team and it is quite useful the only glitch is you cannot respond to individual messages
Also just check with IG rules tried to upload the freebie and offers list for NHS staff it took 24 hrs and I downloaded it from an NHS site ! So I guess they are doing very stringent checks about what is uploaded(y)
honeybags22514/04/2020 10:53

Come on, using Microsoft products is the very last thing they need right …Come on, using Microsoft products is the very last thing they need right now.


They’ve just realised that zoom has smashed the market so now trying to gain market share. Disgrace these companies still trying to come out on top to rip people off and control things.
fzurro14/04/2020 11:13

Microsoft answer to slack.I've used it for work for a while now. It works …Microsoft answer to slack.I've used it for work for a while now. It works (unlike Skype)


Gotta say, I prefer Slack. Much easier to switch between different slack workspaces than it is for teams
It is Slack meets Zoom


Works well for business and social video calling and screen sharing for presentations or pub quizzes.
We use teams, did so before COVID-19 hit. Had a conference call with over 200 people the other day. Zero lag, zero sound issues. Worth noting the freebie version for the NHS doesn't allow you the full feature set of teams, but it's still good for groups who are now WFH. And it's not Zoom, which NHS staff are not meant to use for security reasons.
bigpappa14/04/2020 11:18

If its more secure and better for privacy than Zoom then that's a benefit.


It's owned by Microsoft so you lose privacy in that aspect, but unlike zoom you won't have random people joining your calls.
We use Teams at my school, it's very good and MS support is brilliant, especially as it's free for education. For a systems administrator, there is a huge amount that can be configured and you need to use Powershell to get certain things done. Policy changes can take a full 24 hours which can be annoying but overall, it's good.
Free from work that use ms office.
It's terrible. Feedback, cut outs, lost sound and vision...
I know Zoom is getting slated at the moment, but it's far better than this.
Also, isn't it ALWAYS free?
Their in-house IT department surely has this already for their staff? As part of their Office 365 licenses. Well I hope so
Alliswell114/04/2020 11:44

We use it in my team and it is quite useful the only glitch is you cannot …We use it in my team and it is quite useful the only glitch is you cannot respond to individual messagesAlso just check with IG rules tried to upload the freebie and offers list for NHS staff it took 24 hrs and I downloaded it from an NHS site ! So I guess they are doing very stringent checks about what is uploaded(y)


You can on mobile. Just hold down on the message until the options come up, then select 'Reply'. Not an option on desktop or web though.
SonsOfPitches14/04/2020 21:13

Their in-house IT department surely has this already for their staff? As …Their in-house IT department surely has this already for their staff? As part of their Office 365 licenses. Well I hope so


Each trust does it's own thing. Everything varies a lot across the NHS and public sector as a whole. My council are only now introducing Teams.
Phil_Blake14/04/2020 18:50

It's terrible. Feedback, cut outs, lost sound and vision...I know Zoom is …It's terrible. Feedback, cut outs, lost sound and vision...I know Zoom is getting slated at the moment, but it's far better than this.Also, isn't it ALWAYS free?


Not for me or the various teams we have using it. I've used it with groups of 50 and it's been perfect audio and video. Much depends on each users bandwidth, so perhaps in your experience that's the issue rather than Teams itself...
I personally prefer Google's G Suite better, I don't like MS Teams because it has this weird interface which is difficult to use and get a hold of (as a student at a school using MS Teams), and it's just lacking what Google has. Yes, it has more admin options, but people are just used to Google and other things - Microsoft is just trying to copy off the competition like Apple copies off most Android features every 1 - 2 years.

Each trust does do their own thing - however it is done via NHS.net Office 365 (the whole NHS wide email system), but it is still available to all; but still, with Coronavirus, I feel that they won't have time for this - what's wrong with formal correspondence in a public sector health organisation, or talking to people on a service that no one will use? Many people within the NHS might not necessarily be computer-savvy and this is the last thing they need. Who will set these things up? Who will do this? Instead of treating patients or checking the patient system when someone needs help, will you go on Microsoft Teams, write something to the treating doctor and wait for someone to get back to you eventually? What about handovers - will you trust Microsoft to handle such sensitive data? Conferencing via personal phones, call recording and video calling in a hospital? I don't know....

We'll see how this ends. We need to save the NHS not bring it down even more.
Microsoft contains virus anyway
We have it at work, but grossly under-utilised at present.
I am a little confused, I can see the Microsoft Teams app folder includes WebEx and Zoom, lol
OperateOnMe26/04/2020 10:41

I am a little confused, I can see the Microsoft Teams app folder includes …I am a little confused, I can see the Microsoft Teams app folder includes WebEx and Zoom, lol


They are probably plugins
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