Microsoft Teams

New Teams Desktop Client

Between March 10 and March 21, we are installing a new version of Microsoft Teams on all ODU-managed computers. The new Teams interface looks nearly identical, with some minor feature changes and subtle improvements.

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Microsoft Teams is a collaboration platform that combines persistent chat, file collaboration, instant messaging, and meetings in a single platform. Teams is part of ODU's Office 365 and is available to all faculty, staff, and students.

You can access Microsoft Teams through the desktop client on your University-managed computer, using a mobile app (iOS and Android), or on the web at


Chat & Meetings

You can start a chat with an individual or a group, turn your chat into a voice or video call, even share your screen and meet. Chat history is retained for one year.



Make, receive, forward and transfer calls on your university workstation or mobile device. You can make and receive calls using a teams phone number (this requires a Telecom work order to activate).


Team Collaboration

A team is a group of people gathered to get something big done in your organization. Microsoft Teams is a place for teams to work together, share files and organize your work.

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

Certain team names (like "Human Resources") have been reserved for official use. If you try to create a team and receive a message that "the name can't contain...," submit this form to request your team.


Course Collaboration

Instructors can use the Course Collaboration Tool to set up class teams for their courses. Class teams are automatically configured and shared with the students registered for that course.


Getting started

  • Go to and log in with your ODU email address and MIDAS password.
  • Click on the Teams app.

From the Course Collaboration Tool

When faculty use ODU's Course Collaboration Tool to set up Zoom meetings, Microsoft Teams or shared Google Drives for their courses, students enrolled in those courses can access the collaboration tools from within the myODU portal or from within the course in Blackboard.


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