Considering Skype for Business in O365? Go With Microsoft Teams Instead

If you're considering Microsoft Skype for Business, you may want to reconsider. Though for years Skype has been the go-to platform for chat, voice callings, and meetings within the Microsoft ecosystem, the ecosystem has changed. With new MS Teams integration, Microsoft Skype for Business has become obsolete for all but the most specialized use cases.

Discover the New Microsoft Teams Features

 

 

 

 

 

 

Microsoft Teams has replaced Skype for Business as the new Office 365 Intelligent Communications client. Microsoft Teams is your one stop shop for collaboration, calls and meetings within your modern workplace.

Microsoft has released a complete roadmap in order to help transition your organization from Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams. Teams is fully integrated with Skype for Business features and functionalities to meet all of your chat, meetings and calling requirements.

The ABCs of Microsoft Teams- Apps, Bots and Connectors

 

In previous posts, we’ve shown you how to effectively use Channels within Microsoft Teams, and how to utilize other key features of Teams in order to stay organized.  Today, we’d like to introduce the concept of extensibility as it relates to Microsoft Teams.  Microsoft has always done a great job of opening up their products so that if there is a gap in functionality, you or someone else in the broader community, can fill in  that gap.  Microsoft is able to accomplish this by offering APIs for many of their products and platforms, and also providing “hooks”, which provide a simple messaging and event protocol between applications.  Today, we’d like to introduce you to the ABCs of extending Teams – Apps, Bots, and Connectors. 

Keeping Microsoft Teams Organized

 

Microsoft Teams is a fantastic application for communicating and collaborating with peers.  With Microsoft Teams, you can set up meetings, chat with internal and/or external users, as well as, have audio and/or video calls with these users.  Microsoft Teams is a great place to set up and use workspaces for a particular business entity or use case, such as a internal department collaboration, a project, or some other cross-cutting initiative – making it a true hub for your day-to-day collaboration.  It’s this last aspect – bringing together all of your workspaces into a single hub – that makes knowing how to keep Microsoft Teams organized very important.   

Creating and Using Channels in Microsoft Teams

 

 

With Teams becoming more prevalent in the workplace, users are often wondering how best to structure their Teams and what the implications are for creating Channels.  Channels are a way to organize our Team-based workspace into sections that are topical or via any sort of division that makes sense for that particular Team.  A Team representing a Client may have Channels for different Projects.  A department that organizes their files by Account may have a Channel for each Account Number or Name.  There’s no right or wrong way for how to divide your team.  In this blog post, we’ll show you to go about organizing your Team, and the implications for setting up new Channels. 

Microsoft Teams vs Skype for Business: How The New Teams Will Be Different

Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business have always had some overlap when it comes to functionality. This has prompted some businesses to choose one solution over another. That is changing, however: Skype for Business is coming to Microsoft Teams.

Microsoft Office Teams: Your New, More Collaborative Workspace

 

 

Skype for Business will soon be integrated into Microsoft Office Teams, creating a single collaboration platform. What does that mean for your business? By incorporating Skype for Business’ features, Microsoft Teams can become an even more comprehensive, collaborative environment. A Microsoft Teams upgrade can give your organization everything it needs to facilitate fast, effective communication. 

Microsoft Teams vs Slack: How They Stack Up

In 2013, the cloud-based collaborative tool Slack set its targets on disrupting the enterprise productivity market.  An acronym of "Searchable Log of All Conversation and Knowledge," Slack is an all-in-one cloud-based platform through which employees can quickly communicate and organize. As a freemium product, Slack is used by many small businesses and startups -- but Microsoft Teams is quickly gaining traction as well.

Webex vs Skype - Which Makes Sense for Your Business?

We already know how important web conferencing is to today’s mobile workforce. Two of the best and most popular web conferencing services on the market today are Cisco’s WebEx and Microsoft’s Skype for Business products. Both are cloud-based software products that bring the power of remote conferencing to businesses of all sizes and types. Millions of people all over the globe use both products to stay connected. 

How to Use Skype for Business More Effectively

How to Use Skype for Business More EffectivelyRemote teams come together on Skype for Business. While the tool is effective for running meetings, brainstorming, or other team collaborations, there are a few tricks to optimize the platform. This article will teach you what you need to know about how to use Skype for Business.