Files experience in Microsoft Teams

Building first-class file interaction and collaboration experiences for Microsoft 365

Role & Impact

  • Managing a design team that builds file experiences for Microsoft Teams
  • My team focuses on file discovery, sharing, viewing, and collaboration experiences in Microsoft Teams on desktop
  • Bringing a research-first approach (qual & quant) to understand user needs and using data to define product priorities and roadmap
  • Working in close partnership with other Microsoft 365 teams such as OneDrive, Outlook, Microsoft Office, and Windows

My work at Microsoft

Currently, I manage a team of designers that focusses on building file experiences in Microsoft Teams, consumer & enterprise versions of Microsoft Lists, and features that impact Microsoft 365.

I work in close partnership with Leadership, Product Management, Engineering, Research, and other stakeholders across the globe to define product strategy, create roadmaps, and to deliver high-quality products by building a culture of design excellence and better craft.

In the past, I have designed OneDrive for Windows and mobile devices, and modernized the SharePoint Metadata Admin Center (part of Microsoft Syntex), besides several features for Microsoft 365. A lot of this was foundational work for my team in India.

Beyond my core work, I lead several key University Recruitment initiatives and the Design Internship program for the Design Studio, that have a direct impact on the culture at Microsoft India.

Video: Examples of files experiences in Microsoft Teams

Files experiences in Teams

Microsoft Teams has hundreds of millions of active users, who use files on a daily basis. User jobs for these files include, but are not limited to, sharing files (from desktop and cloud), viewing files in Teams, re-sharing files, and discovering the files shared.

My team owns the entire lifecycle of a file in the Teams ecosystem. We work on streamlining and optimizing the file consumption and file sharing experiences, in collaboration with Leadership, Product Management, and Engineering teams.

As file experiences in Microsoft span across several products such as OneDrive, Office, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint, Windows, and various mobile apps, I work in tandem with partners across the globe to design consistent and coherent experiences for users.

⏳   This is ongoing product work and I can share more details on demand.