Skype for Business Is Being Replaced by Microsoft Teams: Get Ready for the Switch

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Many organisations rely on Skype for Business for a range of different communication purposes. Despite its popularity and ease of use, its end date looms on the horizon. As Microsoft continues to integrate its services, Skype for Business is being replaced by Microsoft Teams. Microsoft itself, as well as many other companies, have already made the transition. The changeover is happening in stages, so individual organisations will be making the switch at different times. If your company hasn’t already upgraded to Microsoft Teams, you should contact Rodin to discuss your options and the best way to move forward.

What Is Microsoft Teams?

Microsoft Teams is the company’s holistic communication platform for workplaces. It rolls file storage, chat, video meetings and other applications into one service, aiming to combine all of the work and communication tools that businesses need in one place. The platform is included as part of your Office 365 service, which many businesses are already subscribed to. This makes it a convenient option for Microsoft users who are looking for a more powerful communication platform. Microsoft Teams builds up on Skype for Business, offering a range of new services to enhance the user experience. Some of the key features of Microsoft Teams include:

  • Collaborative editing
  • Calendar sharing
  • File sharing and storage
  • Voice calls
  • Video conferencing
  • Chat
  • Integration with Microsoft Office and third party applications

Microsoft Teams can be used to form central hubs for group projects, where both messaging and collaborative work can take place in the same window, streamlining workflows and making changes  in real-time. Together, these tools give your employees an intuitive way of collaborating. Microsoft Teams’ integration can help to simplify correspondence and planning, as well as increase workplace productivity. This video outlines what Teams is and how you can benefit from it: 

Some of the integrated Microsoft tools include:

  • Word
  • Excel
  • PowerPoint
  • SharePoint
  • OneNote
  • OneDrive

These offerings are complemented by integration with a wide range of third party tools, such as:

  • Twitter
  • GitHub
  • Facebook Pages
  • Evernote
  • SurveyMonkey
  • Zendesk
  • Trello
  • MailChimp
  • Salesforce
  • Stack Overflow

Microsoft Teams may not be the only platform that offers an integrated work and communication tool, but it is one of the most comprehensive options. On top of this, it was developed with the same security level as Office 365, so it can be safely used in the same situations.

How Can Your Organisation Switch to Microsoft Teams?

If your business is interested in Microsoft Teams, or is currently using Skype for Business, please reach out so we can advise you on your organisation’s best options. It’s important to be proactive in the matter, so that we can help make the changeover as smooth as possible. We make the process seamless by auto-deploying the Microsoft Teams client to users and notify your staff about what is happening and why. We can educate your users on the benefits of the new platform, as well as show them how they can get the most out of it. If you end up leaving the switchover until too late, it may result in interruptions to your organisation’s business processes. This could lead to downtime or a drop in productivity, as your users are forced into a new system before they have received adequate instruction. Rodin’s guidance will help make the transition as easy as possible. With the right assistance, The rollover to Microsoft Teams will be a positive step for your organisation, allowing it to take advantage of the platform’s intuitive and comprehensive collaboration tools.

If you would like assistance with your Skype to Teams migration, please contact RODIN or call us on 1300 138 761.

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