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How we built the G Suite version of Microsoft Teams for Office 365

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Microsoft Teams was released in October 2016. We develop products for G Suite, so on the surface it would seem that we have nothing in common with the Microsoft product. As we read the articles describing it, though, we got very excited. We realized that WizyRoom, the application we had released just the month before, was the G Suite version of Microsoft Teams.

 

We saw this as a validation of our own idea. Microsoft had seen that there was a missing layer on top of the Microsoft Office Suite. Independently, we had perceived the same lack in G Suite.

 

Our realization came out of our own experience working as a global team in Wizy.io.

We are a small IT company spread worldwide, across five continents. Spread globally, we develop products that increase the productivity of G Suite users.

 

To do that, we used to employ a variety of a management tools to organize our work. Half of the development team was on Asana, and the other half was on Jira. We used Hipchat to communicate around specific topics. Google spreadsheets were employed to monitor tasks. Google Groups in “collaborative inbox” mode were what we turned to for tickets management. And, of course, a lot of Gmail

 

G Suite is great at offering a collaborative layer, with the ability to work together in Google Docs, Hangouts, shared calendars, and the like. However, as productivity sellers, we were acutely aware of missing features essential to heightened collaboration.

 

We started thinking about a custom platform for internal usage. We wanted to be able to not just to communicate around a specific topic, but also to automatically organize into predefined containers the company’s information flow. To communicate well or get things done, we need to get the right information at the right time. And we need to get that information quickly and in its context.

 

Based on this simple idea — that context overview is necessary to take effective action — we created an efficient tool. WizyRoom is easy to use and has great integration with Google. Context is made more important if we think about the near future. People in their daily work will be getting more automatic assistance from intelligent chatbots.

 

Of course the market is currently led by Slack. And there is also Workplace from Facebook. The Achilles heel of these great  tools is that they are independent. They are not integrated to any office suite. Stripped to the basics, they are just powerful communication tools.

 

Microsoft Teams and Wizyroom are in another category. Both were built to be digital workplaces. That means that a team can work almost completely inside them, while using the office applications they normally employ. Microsoft Teams and Wizyroom allow not just communication, but also the organization of company data flow produced by the team.

 

Every organization is concerned about efficiency and productivity. The main questions they ask are, “Where my employees are working, and with which tools?” We believe that keeping them in the office suites is the key.
In order to provide the best service to our market of Gapps users, you can bet that we are closely following the output of Microsoft’s brilliant brainstorm.

Apol MassebieauHow we built the G Suite version of Microsoft Teams for Office 365
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How to chat with your team on the go

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With WizyRoom, you can have conversations with your team whenever and wherever you need do. The mobile app makes it possible to chat as you go.

Download the Android app from Google Play here. Or you can go to WizyRoom, and click on your avatar in the upper right corner. From the drop-down menu, choose Download Android App.

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Once your have installed and opened the app in your mobile device, you’ll need to sign in with your Google account.

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That done, your WizyRoom account will appear. As with the web app, orange dots let you know which chat rooms have new activity.

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Click on a room to see what’s happening. Begin typing to start a conversation with members of the room.

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If you’re wondering about an application for iPhones, it’s coming soon!

In the meanwhile, if you aren’t using it yet, get WizyRoom here.

Laurent-Casual-croppedFrom 2006 to 2012, Wizy.io CEO Laurent Gasser headed Revevol, a consultancy in Paris that he co-founded and built to become one of the most important Google Apps resellers in the world. He moved on to head the startup Collabspot, a Gmail extensions. In 2015, he founded Wizy.io from teams from the two companies. 

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How to use WizyRoom inside Gmail

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Did you know that you can keep up with your team in WizyRoom as you work inside Gmail? Yes! You can, at the same time, have conversations with your colleagues on chat, and with your clients and suppliers on email.

You just have to install the WizyRoom extension from the Chrome webstore. Once installed, you will see the WizyRoom icon in the top right corner of your Chrome browser. Refresh your browser,  and you are ready to start using WizyRoom inside Gmail.

Click the WizyRoom icon. From the drop-down menu, choose Toggle Sidebar.

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The WizyRoom sidebar will open, and you will see all your chat rooms.

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Click on the room you want to be in. You will see the chat thread going on inside. Begin typing to participate in the conversation.

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Click on the Tasks tab to see what needs to be done. Check off the jobs you’ve accomplished. Assign new tasks to colleagues.

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The Drive tab will contain the list of all files that have been shared inside the chat room. Click on any one of them to open the file in another tab of your Chrome browser.

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Work with your team as you email away. Get WizyRoom here.

Laurent-Casual-croppedFrom 2006 to 2012, Wizy.io CEO Laurent Gasser headed Revevol, a consultancy in Paris that he co-founded and built to become one of the most important Google Apps resellers in the world. He moved on to head the startup Collabspot, a Gmail extensions. In 2015, he founded Wizy.io from teams from the two companies. 

Laurent GasserHow to use WizyRoom inside Gmail
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