What’s the Big Deal about Microsoft Teams?

 

Microsoft Teams.  If your organization uses Microsoft Office 365, you have inevitably been inundated with Teams promotions, hype, and exciting news for many, many months – or even a couple of years.  Teams is growing, that’s a fact.  It’s now overtaken Slack in use, largely as it’s free to Microsoft’s Office 365 clients, and experts predict that throughout 2019, Teams use will double.  And if you are looking only in terms of “Business Chat” solutions, the leader is another Microsoft product: Skype for Business.  More on that one later, though.

Of course, if you know about Teams, it’s much more than just a replacement for Skype.  And even though Microsoft has hinted that Skype will be going away in the coming months or years, in favor of Teams, moving to Teams is more than just adopting another chat application for your business or organization.  Teams has collaborative workspaces (shockingly called “Teams”) that have threads for ongoing group conversations, integrations with Microsoft Planner for project planning, and full integration with Microsoft SharePoint for file storing and file sharing. Then, Teams has chat – almost identical to Skype for Business, but (for now) without the pop-out panel you can easily put on the side of your monitor while working.  The calling and video quality has improved greatly in just the last six months, making it on par with Skype for Business.  And, the integration with Microsoft Outlook is really convenient for meetings, seeing your calendar right within in the app.

Now, this sounds like yet another promotional article about Teams, but those are the reasons Teams has grown so much over the last year (with 91% of the Fortune 100 using it).  And here at Binary Tree, we have gone all aboard the Teams push as well – by the end of August, the entire company will completely move off of Skype.  In truth, most of the company has already shut down Skype for Business.  We want to be ahead of the game for when Skype for Business finally goes away.

So that growth of Teams, along with the transition within organizations from Skype for Business to Teams, is why you are seeing so much about Teams in articles, analyst reports, and practically everything else coming out these days about Office 365.  That’s why Teams is a big deal – it’s “the” collaboration tool for Office 365 organizations.  And one big benefit, is that it’s really cut down on the amount of internal email we have started to see here at Binary Tree.  That alone has made the move to Microsoft Teams worth it.

And, as more and more organizations are making the move to adopting Teams fully, it’s worth knowing that it is more than just hype.  Even organizations that don’t adopt Teams may come across it through mergers, acquisitions, and partnerships.  So what can you do when that happens?  Stay tuned to some big news coming from Binary Tree on this topic.