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Simona Millham
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Microsoft Teams (New Interface) FAQs: Cost, Training, Value

Is taking an entire course on Microsoft Teams really worth it?

Yes, taking a full course on Microsoft Teams is actually worth it – where else are you going to systematically learn the features for maximizing productivity and collaboration? This course respects your time and doesn't waste a minute explaining how to optimize team coordination, file sharing and virtual meetings. For people who use or administer Microsoft Teams, the confidence and skill you'll gain from this short course is absolutely worth it.

Should I be planning on earning a certification if I take this course?

No, this course isn't meant to be certification prep, it's designed to quickly explain what makes the new version of Microsoft Teams different from its previous incarnations and get you up to speed using a tool you use or manage. Also, Microsoft doesn't offer many end user certifications, and the ones they do are usually tied to Office tools like Word or Excel in different versions of Office or Windows.

What's the best way to learn how to use Microsoft Teams?

A course like this is the best way to master Microsoft Teams, because you get a perfect combination of explanation and practical experience. Start with a short video that shows you how each use case and feature of Teams actually works, using real-world scenarios. Then, practice what you learn in a controlled environment – you don't have to experiment with your own computer or your own Teams environment to master all its features.

What are some of the new features in Microsoft Teams?

One of the new features of Microsoft Teams makes it possible to brand your meetings, invitations, pre-join screens and backgrounds with branded colors and imagery. Another new feature lets you drop direct links to private and shared channels, so you can reference other conversations quickly and directly. The entire meeting invitation screen has been updated and optimized. A dedicated camera for whiteboards or printed documents can now help you direct attention.

How much does a Microsoft end user certification cost?

The Microsoft 365 Certified: Fundamentals is a technical certification, but since it's largely related to the characteristics of different Microsoft 365 apps and features, it's a good certification for an end user who contributes to decisions about productivity tools. The Microsoft 365 Certified: Fundamentals exam is MS-900: it's a 45-minute test of cloud concepts, Microsoft 365 apps and services, and pricing, licensing and security, and it costs $99.
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