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Teams, Channels, Membership, Roles, and Settings



team is a group of people, content, and tools surrounding different projects and outcomes within an organization.

  • Teams can be created to be private to only invited users.
  • Teams can also be created to be public and open and anyone within the organization can join (up to 10,000 members).


Teams are made up of 
channels, which are the conversations you have with your teammates. Each channel is dedicated to a specific conversation, whether it be a topic, department, or project.

  • Team channels are places where everyone on the team can openly have conversations. Channels are open to all members of a team, unless you limit them by using private channels. Files that you share in a channel (on the Files tab) are stored in SharePoint.
  • Channels are most valuable when extended with apps that include tabs, connectors, and bots that increase their value to the members of the team. To learn more, see Apps, bots, & connectors in Teams.



While channel conversations are public, chats are just between you and someone else (or a group of people). Think of them like instant messages in Skype for Business or other messaging apps.



Team Roles

There are two main roles in Microsoft Teams: a team owner, the person who controls the team, and team members, the people who they invite to join their team. Team owners can make any member of their team a co-owner when they invite them to the team or at any point after they’ve joined the team. Having multiple team owners enables you to share the responsibilities of managing settings and membership, including invitations. UTD recommends at least two owners on every Team.


Team Settings

Team owners can manage team-wide settings directly in Microsoft Teams. Settings include the ability to add a team picture, set permissions across team members for creating channels, adding tabs and connectors, @mentioning the entire team or channel, and the usage of GIFs, stickers, and memes.


Additional Information

For more information on Teams channels, settings, roles and membership please see this webpage from Microsoft.

Communication and Collaboration > Microsoft Teams
Article 794 | Last Reviewed 9/8/2020 8:12 AM