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Microsoft Teams vs Skype for Business: How The New Teams Will Be Different

By Gary Utley on August 16, 2018

Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business have always had some overlap when it comes to functionality. This has prompted some businesses to choose one solution over another. That is changing, however: Skype for Business is coming to Microsoft Teams.

How will that change how you do business? Moving forward, companies are going to see an improvement in their Microsoft Teams feature set. At the same time, companies using Skype for Business are encouraged to transition to Microsoft Teams for a more robust platform.

Basically, it’s no longer a matter of Microsoft Teams vs. Skype for Business, as they are becoming one and the same. Here’s what you need to know.

Microsoft Teams Vs Skype For Business

Skype for Business was designed to primarily support voice calls and video conferencing, though there were some robust chat features as well. Skype for Business was able to offer video conferencing calls that could support up to 250 people. Comparatively, Microsoft Teams was designed as an all-around collaborative platform, offering chat, voice, and calling features. Skype for Business could be seen as a more niche tool, while Microsoft Teams was a completely collaborative environment.

Though Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business does differ, there is some significant overlap. Both Skype for Business and Microsoft Teams involve team chats, direct messaging, and voice calling. Though Microsoft Teams originally didn’t have the calling capacity that Skype did, it still had both voice chat and video calling functionality. 

Thus, it does make sense that Microsoft would want to combine the products. Microsoft has been moving in this direction for some time. In the past, Microsoft Teams had already incorporated some functionality from Skype. This new Skype for Business integration is simply going to bring more of Skype's functionality into the Microsoft Teams platform.

What the New Teams Will Look Like

Eventually, it's likely that Microsoft Teams will add most (if not all) of the functionality that Skype for Business currently has.

Not every feature of Skype for Business will be rolled out at once. These new additions are likely going to be included version by version. Companies that rely upon some of the more advanced features of Skype for Business may want to wait until all of their features have been rolled out to the new platform. Ideally, Microsoft Teams will be able to provide an organization with all the features they need.

Meanwhile, Microsoft Teams is also going to be adding functionality from other collaborative tools and looking to improve upon their existing features. 

Skype vs. Teams: No Need to Choose

When it comes to Microsoft Teams vs Skype for Business, organizations are no longer required to choose between the two. Instead, Microsoft Teams will ultimately encompass the functions of Skype for Business, in a single collaborative platform. In reality, this makes it much easier for businesses to invest in and manage their collaborative software solutions.

When Microsoft Teams is used with the advanced features of Microsoft Office 365, a complete collaboration environment can be created. Companies will no longer need to use Skype for Business or other specialized applications. 

Are you interested in learning more about Microsoft Teams? Contact Red River today to transition from Skype for Business to the new Microsoft Teams.

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