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Microsoft Teams is coming to Government Community Cloud

Federal workers will soon be able to collaborate securely with Microsoft Teams in the company's Office 365 Government Community Cloud.  The software-as-a-service solution creates a chat-based workspace where employees can share information from Office 365 apps.

Through the integration of tools such SharePoint Online, OneDrive, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote, Microsoft Teams gives employees the ability to share files and conduct high-quality video meetings through the application.

Microsoft Teams meets the requirements of the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program’s Moderate level, Criminal Justice Information Services, IRS 1075 and HIPAA.

The company will start rolling out the Microsoft Teams service on July 17. The company said it is also working to bring Microsoft Teams to GCC High and Defense Department Office 365 environments.

Some federal agencies are already using collaboration platforms, with the General Services Administration, NASA and the Department of State all using Slack.

In April, GSA released a request for information asking for vendors who could build an enterprise wide collaboration platform that extended the capabilities of Slack.

About the Author

Sara Friedman is a reporter/producer for GCN, covering cloud, cybersecurity and a wide range of other public-sector IT topics.

Before joining GCN, Friedman was a reporter for Gambling Compliance, where she covered state issues related to casinos, lotteries and fantasy sports. She has also written for Communications Daily and Washington Internet Daily on state telecom and cloud computing. Friedman is a graduate of Ithaca College, where she studied journalism, politics and international communications.

Friedman can be contacted at sfriedman@gcn.com or follow her on Twitter @SaraEFriedman.

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