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Migrating from Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams isn’t just a mere replacement for Skype for Business, it’s a different, more powerful beast.

Ready or not, Skype for Business will be out of commission on July 31, 2021. That means you have to migrate whether you like it or not.

But don’t worry — it’s easier than you think!

Here’s why:

As a way to ease your migration to Microsoft Teams, there are modes where you can use both apps for collaboration like:

  • Skype for Business with Teams Collaboration

  • Skype for Business with Teams Collaboration and Meetings (Meetings First)

Both modes allow you to continue using Skype for Business while slowly introducing Microsoft Teams features and capabilities to your organization.

On the usability side — there’s nothing to worry about when migrating to Teams.

Basically, Skype for Business is a powerful communications tool. But Microsoft Teams is more than that.

Microsoft positions Teams as an “app hub” — a tool where organizations can communicate, collaborate, and work together.

In addition to the usual communications tool like calling, instant messaging, meetings, etc., Microsoft Teams have features made for collaboration like:

  • Apps integration

  • Administrative workflows and shifts

  • Task management

  • And others

If you’re worried about device readiness — software and hardware — in migrating to Microsoft Teams, rest assured that Teams is as flexible as Skype for Business.

Microsoft Teams has an app for Windows, Android, and Apple devices. Microsoft even made it easier by providing a form where you can enter your phone number or email address where they will send the mobile app link.

If you currently have devices in conference rooms or even a phone system within your business, Microsoft’s Office 365 has a phone system you can use with Microsoft Teams.

Because of the inevitable retirement of Skype for Business, you really must migrate to Microsoft Teams. Fortunately, Microsoft is making it easy.


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