Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is available to faculty & staff for early access.

  • Support offerings will be limited,
  • Self-help documentation will be under development, 
  • Changes to the service may occur without notice, and
  • For individual file storage needs involving only faculty and staffMicrosoft OneDrive is the recommended solution. 

The official launch date of MS Teams for faculty, staff, and graduate students will be on Monday, October 18, 2021. Visit the Microsoft 365 at SFU Roadmap page for more details.

What is Microsoft Teams?

Microsoft Teams (MS Teams) is a collaboration app that brings together Microsoft 365 services (such as Office and OneDrive) to keep you virtually connected to the SFU community from anywhere at any time.

Key features

  • 1-to-1 chat and group chat.
  • Videoconferencing and screen sharing.
  • Document collaboration.
  • Team file sharing and storage.
  • Virtual community spaces called Teams.

Getting Started with Microsoft Teams

1. Sign up for Microsoft 365 and MFA

Early access of MS Teams is available to all current SFU faculty and staff with a Microsoft 365 account and have enrolled in Multi-Factor Authentication:

  1. Visit the Get Started page for instructions on how to sign up for an SFU Microsoft 365 account.
  2. Visit the Multi-Factor Authentication page to enroll in SFU's MFA.

Who can use MS Teams?


Early access to MS Teams is available to current SFU faculty and staff with a Microsoft 365 account and have enrolled in SFU's Multi-Factor Authentication service.


SFU will explore undergraduate student access to MS Teams for enhanced learning after the initial rollout to faculty, staff and graduate students.


There are no current plans to provide access to SFU alumni, retirees, emeritus and adjunct professors.


2. Access MS Teams

Once your account is ready, you can access MS Teams in the following ways:

  1. MS Teams Web: Visit M365 Portal > Select MS Teams icon
  2. MS Teams Desktop: Launch the software on your desktop

How do I install MS Teams on my Individual-use or university-managed device(s)?


To download Microsoft Teams on your individual-use device, visit Microsoft Team's download page for more information.


If you are an SFU faculty/staff and you hold a university-managed device, Microsoft Teams should be pre-installed on your device. Please contact the IT Service Desk at or 778-782-8888 for any software inquiries/installations.

Users do not need to be a part of an existing team to get access to MS Teams.

Requesting a Team

Requesting a team for the first time? Unsure on how to create a team that matches your needs?
Here is a step-by-step guide to plan and create a team:

Ready to submit an request? Fill out the web form below to request for a team:

Training, Support & How-to Guides

Need help? Please see our collection of FAQs or visit the how-to guides.

For additional assistance, contact the IT Service Desk at or 778-782-8888.

Available to 

Faculty and Staff

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