Microsoft Teams VS Skype for Business
Marlon Davids Wednesday, July 3, 2019
When it comes to collaboration tools, I would think that there is nobody in a better position than Microsoft to take a true unified communications to the next level.
In 2011 Microsoft acquired Skype, which at the time was their largest acquisition, for a whopping $8.5 billion (£5.2bn) in 2011. Microsoft already had Lync Server 2010, which was the corporate flagship for Unified Communications platform as the decade began.
However, having seen deployments of Lync server in the enterprise, it didn’t have a great reputation as a sleek Unified Communications (UC) platform.
By Microsoft acquiring Skype, you could see that this could be a change to the landscape as Microsoft could now position itself as a Unified Communications leader for the business market whilst at the time and more importantly gain access to the Skype consumer market.
Since the acquisition, Microsoft has been integrating Lync and Skype and calling it Skype for business. Although Skype for business is a leader and in itself is a great product it always seemed to lack that unified rich UC that made it simple for everyone to easily communicate.
However, this has now changed as Microsoft Teams has made a bold statement in moving away from the Skype for Business branding and integrating everything we know and love about Skype into the Microsoft Teams brand.
This has meant that Microsoft’s initial plan of looking to acquire Slack was shelved as Bill Gates felt Microsoft should focus on improving Skype for Business instead and Microsoft continued to develop and build Teams which was released 12 months later as a rival to Slack.
Microsoft Teams was initially released in 2017 and is essentially a communications client that can be installed on any device to allow you to achieve instant connectivity. This ease to use tool with wide connectivity enables users to easily collaborate with their colleagues.
But it doesn’t stop there… Teams can also be an extremely powerful telephony system and if deployed in the correct manner can revolutionise corporate connectivity and dare I say make it fun and easy to collaborate and communicate with colleagues.
Communication and collaboration continues to be a serious problem for some companies and communication is seen as a key driver for delivering better results and increasing happiness across organisations.
Microsoft Teams now brings everything together into one simple intuitive application and gives your business the benefits of:
Comprehensive Phone System
No longer being tied to a desk phone or VOIP client – Microsoft Teams turns Office 365 into a fully blown PBX system to replace your legacy PBX, whilst enabling with a rich set of features directly delivered from Office 365 and tightly integrating into the company’s cloud productivity experience.
- Calling identity
- Phone numbers from Microsoft
- Dial plans
- Call queues
- Auto attendants
Pair to Pair Private Chat
Teams allows you to quickly strike up a private conservation with a selected group before sharing ideas with wider groups and channels. Having this ability massively reduces email noise and allows you and smaller selected private groups to get things done quickly and easily. You can share idea’s files and collaborate to maximise chat effectiveness across your business.
Group Chat and Work as Team
Teams quickly enables collaboration between departments by allowing individuals within the same team or group to communicate through chat groups, calls and even share files from a single location. Departments can now collaborate like never before with simple intuitive teams chats that seamlessly integrate into your business’s operational workflow.
Audio Video Conferencing
Quickly and easily get face to face with your colleagues with feature rich video chat. Enable your business with the ability to have online video meetings to get things done faster and with more efficiency. Microsoft Teams offer full HD video from any device that has the team’s client installed.
File Level Collaboration
Now you can easily collaborate on files with your colleagues allowing multiple authors to collaborate on one document simultaneously. Changes to documents can audited and tracked to allow insight into who file level changes.
Teams make it easy for you to share data with external companies in a safe a secure manner by allowing for easy sharing of files with external companies and you can even allow external users to your organisation to collaborate on files in a safe and secure manner.
Seamless OneDrive for Business Integration
OneDrive for Business integrates seamlessly into Microsoft Teams with ability to leverage SharePoint site collections to keep your business data in a structure that can scale with the business by seamlessly integrating into your business.
Ability to add External Applications
There’s a variety of fantastic applications that integrate directly into Teams. Some of our favourites are Trello, Asana and Microsoft’s very own Planner.By using these external application Teams can become even more powerful and brings the power of these external applications right into the teams client further enhancing the rich power of Teams.
This blog should give you a little more of an understanding of the differences between Skype for Business and Microsoft Teams.As you can see Teams is a lot more than Skype for Business but has all of the Skype functionality built into a single unified application.At Qubic we see Teams as a massive leap forward in Unified Communications and we are pleased to be innovating and offering value to our customers with our Teams implementation services.Please feel free to get in touch with the MS Teams specialists to understand how we can help your business benefit from Teams.
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