SKYPE FOR BUSINESS - IS GOING AWAY
While Skype for Business is an active and available tool, Microsoft has already transitioned it to the End of Life program: set to conclude on April 1st, 2020. Microsoft has put a strong emphasis on Microsoft Teams as the default communications app for Office 365. In fact, to kick off 2019: they successfully migrated 180,000 internal employees and vendors from Skype for Business to Teams.
WHAT IS MICROSOFT TEAMS?
Have you heard about Microsoft Teams? If your answer is YES and/or you want to learn more, then you’ve come to the right place. Teams is Microsoft’s flagship collaboration product and one of the best options available on the market when it comes to working with peers.
WHAT CAN MICROSOFT TEAMS DO FOR YOUR ORGANIZATION?
Microsoft Teams acts as a hub for teamwork that enables people to work together by combining text-based chat, voice/video meetings, calendars, file storage capabilities and 3rd party apps all in one. In order to get ahead of the crowd and prepare for the inevitable industry shift to Teams, you’ll want to mark it on your to-do list this year. Here at Pivotal, we’re recommending that people jump straight in. In many ways, Microsoft Teams is the big brother to Skype for Business: both have instant messaging, virtual meetings and video conferencing, so what is all the hype about?
Let's review Microsoft Team's top features:
Instant messaging with persistent chat history
IS THAT ALL THAT TEAMS CAN OFFER?
Not at all! Microsoft is open to feedback and is very interested in what you have to say about its collaboration tool. Drop by the Microsoft Teams User Feedback forum to contribute to the cause. Improvements to Teams are coming, in fact here are some updates to look forward to later this year:
Secure Private Channels Coming Soon!
THAT'S GREAT, WHERE CAN I GET TEAMS?
Sign up for free TODAY! Keep in mind, while Microsoft offers a free version of Teams that provides plenty of functionality for chat-based collaboration, you may want to consider purchasing a license for Teams. The licensed version of Teams offers additional capabilities in the categories of security, compliance, administration and support: which all play important roles in managing groups of users. Microsoft Teams should be your first choice for a chat-based collaboration product.
HOW CAN PIVOTAL HELP YOU?Pivotal Consulting offers detailed migration, adoption and governance strategies that work for organizations of any size. Our team of experts can help you migrate from Skype for Business and help you better understand the value proposition of Microsoft Teams and how it can work for you. Contact Us to start your journey with Microsoft Teams today!
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