Updated October 22, 2019
In a previous blog, we announced that Skype for Business will soon be replaced by Microsoft Teams. We talked about the history behind the replacement, described the benefits of Teams for current Skype users, and discussed why it’s the ultimate hub for teamwork.
We now know that Skype for Business is officially going away in June of 2021. What we didn’t get into in the previous blog is the architecture of Microsoft Teams and how to best approach your migration. To ensure a seamless transition, it’s best to start preparing for your upgrade well in advance.
Microsoft understands that businesses thrive on organization, so they developed a hierarchy to the structure of Teams. The top level of this hierarchy are “Teams” which can get a little confusing since it’s titled the same as the platform itself. If you’re considering migrating to MS Teams, it’s helpful to know a bit about the architecture of how it’s set up.
Microsoft Teams is transforming the call and meeting experience to go beyond traditional unified communications, resulting in enhanced workplace productivity. In order to compete with sophisticated collaboration tools such as Slack, as of August 2018, Microsoft has upgraded Teams to be a complete meeting and calling solution equipped to support enterprise level organizations. New Messaging, Meeting, and Calling capabilities have been released throughout the past year, and by the end of 2018, all of Microsoft Teams’ core features will be available for use.
Microsoft Teams Calling capability roadmap. Find the Messaging and Meeting capability roadmaps here.
Interested in learning how Microsoft Teams can benefit your business? Contact us online, or give us a call at (240) 406-9960 to schedule a consultation today.
If your organization is using Skype for Business today, you have a few options on how you can proceed with the migration to Microsoft Teams.
Microsoft’s Skype to Teams migration roadmap
Before introducing Teams across your organization, it’s important to understand how Teams works alongside Skype for Business. Without getting too technical, the biggest takeaway is that there are a lot of options for coexistence and interoperability, and some aren’t available just yet. Proper planning and testing is critical to the success of your upgrade and migration, so make sure to enlist a partner with expertise to ensure a smooth transition.
Interoperability between Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business
If you’re considering upgrading to Microsoft Teams, now is the time to plan your migration. Microsoft has provided a wealth of resources to help you succeed like, How to upgrade from Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams.
However, if your organization doesn’t have the internal IT resources to support this type of migration project or you just need guidance on planning, reach out to us or give us a call today at (240) 406-9960 to set up a time to chat.