Upgrading from Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams

Upgrading from Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams released to Office 365 business clients

Microsoft Teams, reportedly the fastest growing app from Microsoft, has been around for nearly two years now. It is known as the hub for teamwork in Office 365 providing call, chat, videos and meetings, Microsoft Teams is the integration of a number of Microsoft Office programs, including OneDrive for Business, SharePoint, and OneNote. It is replacing Skype for Business. It is sometimes referred to as a simplified SharePoint.

Microsoft Teams allows you to manage your organisations’ communications through:

  • Share and collaborate on files.
  • Messaging including persistent 1:1 private and group chat.
  • Provide voice and video calling.
  • It also closely integrates with other programs, including Outlook, Planner and third-party products.

Microsoft Teams

If you are currently using Skype for Business, you will receive a message that “Your upgrade to Teams is scheduled” to Microsoft Teams. Generally, you receive a few weeks’ notice. If you have been using Skype for Business as part of a standalone subscription or as part of Office 365 Business Essentials, Business Premium, Enterprise E1 or Enterprise E3 subscription, you will receive the message in the coming months.

We strongly encourage beginning preparations to move to Teams as soon as possible by:

  • having Microsoft Teams installed on your computers and devices (as after the upgrade, Skype for Business no longer will operate)
  • provide your staff training on how to use Teams.

If you are in need of assistance to undertake this upgrade, or are not already using Teams and would like some training, CyberGuru can provide help with this as well. Please contact us for more information.

Microsoft Teams released to Office 365 business clients

Microsoft Teams released to Office 365 business clients

Microsoft Teams released to Office 365 business clients

This week Microsoft announced a new feature for Office 365 business clients called Microsoft Teams. Allowing users to be more self-sufficient, Microsoft Teams makes it easy for businesses to improve collaboration between employees using a chat-based workplace.

In releasing the Teams app, Microsoft has aimed to create digital workspace built on four core promises: chat for today’s teams, a hub for teamwork, customization options and security teams trust.

With Microsoft Teams having been in preview since November, early feedback is positive, particularly the way it integrates with other Office 365 apps. It would appear Slack and HipChat have some serious competition.

Microsoft Teams is included as part of your Microsoft Office 365 subscription and can be found in the app launcher. This is enabled automatically unless your Office 365 administrator has disabled this feature.

Microsoft Teams
Screenshot of Microsoft Teams

If you would like further information or training in Microsoft Teams, please contact us today.