Making the Transition to Teams

July 26, 2018 Jim Banach

Over the last year, Microsoft Teams has been on a meteoric path within the Office 365 ecosystem, both in terms of the number of organizations using the service–over 200,000 organizations in 181 different countries–and the continual release of new features to the platform.

This includes the most recent announcements this week, such as background blur in videos, in-line message translation and cloud meeting recording, powered by Microsoft Stream. Along with this, Microsoft has continued its pursuit to bring a world-class telephony suite to Office 365, alongside its already expansive collaboration platform.

Throughout this time, Microsoft has continued to develop and maintain complementary cloud collaboration solutions in Skype for Business Online and Microsoft Teams. As the feature set of Teams has expanded, the feature gap of the core features, including telephony, has closed and Microsoft has announced feature-parity with Skype for Business Online.

With the achievement of that important milestone, many groups that may have been putting Teams on the sideline will be in a position to re-evaluate. It is important to know that feature parity is not the same as functional parity. Microsoft has made different design decisions and on how to approach certain features (such as guest access, federation and external meetings, to name a few) to foster that more collaborative cloud-first nature that, frankly, were not possible in a world before Teams. It continues to be important that as part of a transition to Teams, organizations take a look at how their groups are using tools today as in almost all scenarios. Teams is not a 1:1 replacement, but instead an enhanced change in the way users operate.

The rapid rate of advancement in the Teams platform further solidifies the statement and impression that Microsoft is all in on Teams, and that will be their driving focus for communications and collaboration in the Microsoft Cloud. Naturally, this may create some confusion with groups that were planning for, or are in the midst of, their deployments of Skype for Business Online. Understanding what is different, what is the same and how to successfully navigate this transition will be a key priority for many groups in the near future.

Microsoft Teams is a tool that changes the way people work and collaborate; as such, it requires not just a solid technology adoption approach, but also making sure that your employees are provided with the right resources and education to make sure they get the most out of this transformational tool. As a born-in-the-cloud collaboration tool, Microsoft Teams will continue to evolve in providing a best-in-class experience. New Signature has been focused on Microsoft Teams and Office 365 cloud-based communications since their release, and understands what it takes to make sure that we help customers take advantage Teams the right way at the right time.

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