17 Apr 2019

Microsoft Teams is set to replace Skype for Business Online, but its capability far outweighs that of its predecessor. Microsoft Teams keeps the Skype for Business functionality for free video and voice calls, and instant messaging, but adds so much more.

The expectations of technology today are far removed from the expectations in the recent past. The advent of portable smart devices, where you can seamlessly communicate with your friends and the world, where you can access a wealth of information, create documents, check your bank balance, pay bills, play games…the list goes on! All this can be done from one device, at the click of a button (and very quickly indeed depending on your ISP). 

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This new technology means that we have become used to the quick and convenient way that we now organise our lives.  Microsoft Teams brings a new way to take the convenience we enjoy in our online lives into the office.

Imagine an app that brought together all your business’ communicative requirements.

Microsoft’s answer to unified communication is just one application that combines instant messaging, video meetings and file storage with application integration. There are currently over 170 applications with the ability to integrate with Teams. And this list is growing, which means that the possibilities of what it can do now, and the potential of what it will be able to do in the future, are endless.  It is a productivity tool for the future, designed to streamline collaboration and communication within the office.

If the possibility that Microsoft Teams could even replace your business’ telephony system seems a bit far-fetched, then you might be mistaken. SoConnect recently implemented Microsoft Teams with related Office 365 call plan applications to deliver a telephony solution to a multinational company, of over 200 employees.  This solution meant that the company no longer had to rely on hardware and telephony subscriptions to make calls. All communication became integrated, with even freelance staff able to use mobile devices to make and receive calls across the platform.

This is just one of the many ways that Microsoft Teams can have a positive impact on your business.

Below we summarise the main benefits of using Microsoft Teams:

Fully Customisable

Create spaces for collaboration between your team members, add the apps that work for your business and environment. Tailor notifications so no one misses important activity and information. Also, the wealth of add-ons and apps available for integration, as mentioned above, gives a wide range of possibilities that can make your Teams truly unique to your business.

Streamline your communications

With all of your Teams related communication in one place, you can eliminate the need for several messaging apps, such as Outlook, IM and WhatsApp. When you consider moving your entire phone system to operate through Microsoft Teams, it becomes a streamlined communications tool on an entirely new level, saving your company time and money in the process!

Communicate more freely

An abundance of email messages can make employees reluctant to send continuous updates. With Microsoft Teams you don’t have to worry about overflowing with people’s inboxes, information can be posted and found within the application, and tailored to be only available to those who require it.

Increase visibility and transparency

By setting up company wide team sites, you can post relevant information and announcements to the team as a whole. This allows your employees to be up-to-speed with company information and communication without sifting through endless email trails. For more specific information sharing you can also easily view and join ongoing meetings in your channel.

Easily access group chats and chat history

When using Skype for Business, you have to switch between Outlook and Skype for Business to access your chat history. Using Microsoft Teams, you have your group chats and chat history all in one place.

Our knowledgeable consultants can guide you through the process making it easy to upgrade from Skype for Business Online to Microsoft Teams, to ultimately save your business time, effort and money.

We would recommend registering your interest with SoConnect today! 

You can get in touch with us on 0333 240 1824 or email us at sales@soconnect.co.uk.

To find out more about Microsoft Teams call us on 0333 240 1824 or email us at sales@soconnect.co.uk