Microsoft announced March 13 that its chat and collaboration application, Microsoft Teams, is now available for high-security and Department of Defense environments.
“Microsoft Teams — the hub for teamwork in Microsoft 365 — is a chat-based workspace that enables teams to be more productive by bringing together chats, meetings, calls, files and apps into a single place,” Catherine Boeger, general manager of Microsoft 365 Commercial GTM, wrote in a blog post on the new capability.
“It provides integrated access to Office 365 apps and services, including SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business, Word, Excel and PowerPoint, improving collaboration in the context of your team by providing central file sharing, co-authoring, and more in one place.”
Agencies have increasingly been looking for cloud-based collaboration solutions, with the Pentagon aiming to offer a likely $8 billion, 10-year contract to a cloud vendor sometime this year for its Defense Enterprise Office Solution.
The announcement comes alongside new government availability of the Microsoft Power Platform in March 2019 and Dynamics 365 Customer Engagement in April 2019.
“Once agencies have the infrastructure for harnessing data, they also need a layer atop that data that enables them to get insights easily. Microsoft Power Platform for Government is a system that will allow them to take three key actions on data: analyze, act and automate,” wrote Toni Townes-Whitley, president of U.S. Regulated Industries at Microsoft, in a blog post.
“We are also offering Dynamics 365 Government Customer Engagement for [Government Community Cloud] High. This means agencies can now access customer service, contact centers, correspondence management, grants management, task management, mission planning and even more purpose-built cloud applications than they were able to previously.”
According to Townes-Whitley, the new offerings help to support the Trump administration’s Cloud Smart initiative, which encourages moving to the cloud and taking advantage of the new capabilities that it offers.