Instant Messaging & Collaboration
Instant Messaging or IM is the real time exchange of text messages using a software application. Many IM apps today also include collaboration features that allow you to share links, media (video, images, audio) and files, make voice and video calls, conduct voice and video online meetings as will as have presence which is the ability to see if the person you are contacting is available.
MSU has campus-wide licenses for these IM applications.
Cisco Webex Teams* | Microsoft Teams | Skype for Business
*previously known as Spark
Cisco Webex Teams, Microsoft Teams, and Skype for Business all have apps for desktop and mobile devices in addition to being available via the web. Use the links below to download desktop apps on your computers. Mobile apps available through the Apps store, Google play, etc.
Access to the web/online version of apps:
Webex Teams - https://teams.webex.com/signin
Microsoft Teams - https://login.microsoftonline.com/ - Once logged in, click on the Teams tile.
Skype for Business - https://outlook.com/owa.montana.edu - Once logged in Outlook will open. To access Skype, click on the Skype icon located in the top-right corner of the window.
Use the links below to learn more about all of the features mentioned in the chart below.
- Microsoft Teams - Help Center
- Skype for Business - Help Center
- Cisco Webex Teams Collaboration Help Portal
|Message in real time with an individual - one-to-one and/or with a group of individuals.||
|Presence||Ability to see who is currently available on the app.|
(voice & video)
|Make or receive one-on-one or group calls.|
(voice & video)
|Start or join meetings from the app with one or a group of people.|
|Schedule a meeting||Schedule a meeting for the app from inside the app.|
|Schedule a meeting from Outlook||Schedule a meeting for the app from Outlook.|
|File sharing||Share files during a message, meeting or call.
Always refer to the Data Storage Security Grid to ensure that the files you are uploading are appropriate to share/store in Spark & Office 365 Teams. It is recommended that you share via Box or One Drive. See Box Integrations for more info.
|Edit files||Edit a file at the same time.|
|Screen sharing||Share computer screen during a meeting or call|
|Whiteboarding||Create a new whiteboard or open an existing one.||See White Board in a Teams Meeting for details. In preview only.|
|Recording||A meeting or call can be recorded.|
|Integrations w/other apps, tools, services||Has ability to integrate with other apps, tools or services -
See Box Integrations to learn how to integrate Spark and Teams with Box.
|See Power Pack to download bulk task tools for Webex Teams.
See Cisco Webex App Hub - for other available integrations.
|See Apps & Services for details.|
|Other Productivity Features|
|Teams||Teams are collections of people, content, and tools that center around different projects and jobs within an organization. ...team members can have conversations and share files, notes, and more all in one place.|
|Channels||Channels are used to keep a team's conversations organized. Teams can create and dedicate channels for a specific topic, project, etc.|
|Teams||"Teams can be used to organize spaces by placing them under a common theme. Learn how to create a team in Webex Teams.|
"...all your work takes place within spaces where you can send messages, make calls, have video meetings, share files, and whiteboard." Learn more about how you can use Spaces to get work done in Webex Teams.
**refers to Skype for Business