This week, Simon Denton and Steven Collier, UK members of the REgarding 365 team discussed a current hot topic about shifting from using Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams. Development has been focused on bringing Microsoft Teams up to feature parity with Skype for Business and it’s true that Teams is much closer to Skype than it was a year ago. Microsoft Teams does make collaboration and communication much easier than when you’re working across multiple platforms and applications.
My apologies to viewers of the video. I spent too long setting the scene with Simon and Steve and we didn’t get to discussion the question/topic of the live stream till 20min. Rookie mistake. But use the jump links below to jump to the different discussion points.
- Comments on Microsoft Teams reportedly “reaching feature parity”
- What features are still missing that might be important to your organisation, delaying the shift?
- Your user-base may be the main reason to delay shifting from Skype to Teams. Plan for user adoption.
- Deciding the point where there are enough features in Microsoft Teams to shift from Skype.
- Consider network infrastructure, optimised for Cloud.
- Consolidating tools for the end user
- What you need to think about when changing external meetings from using Skype to Teams. Working with federated partners, inviting guests to online meetings.
- If you’re using Skype for Business Online, start planning to move to Microsoft Teams now in your own timing. Go through the “lumpy journey” figuring some of the issues out within your own environment.
- Considerations when shifting some of your organisation to Microsoft Teams. What options are there for co-existence with Skype users in your org? What is the experience like for the end-user?
- Simon say’s “Teams is ready, [now] as long as long as you can embrace the journey… there’s going to be some lumps and bumps along the way.” Don’t use Islands mode for too long.