Skype and Teams share a lot of the same features and capabilities that you are probably leveraging today. Below are just some of the major features that both applications share:

  • Instant Messaging
  • Presence
  • File Sharing
  • Group chat
  • Make and receive calls
  • Integration with Outlook calendar
  • Share Skype for Business server as backend (online)

Differences

It is important to first note that Teams is currently only available via Office 365.  However, Teams is also going to provide you with a lot of new features and capabilities that will be beneficial for today’s teams:

  • Integration to Twitter
  • SharePoint integration
  • Use of PowerPoint, Word and Yammer within Teams

Microsoft Teams will enable real-time communication between team members and will leverage a SharePoint site for document repository, Skype for Business for audio and video, integration with Twitter feeds and various applications such as Word, PowerPoint, and a wide range of Adobe products. It retains a Persistent Chat feel to conversations.

Microsoft is adding more and more features to the Teams app with the intention to make it the go-to application for collaboration. With the built-in ability to integrate with different apps and full integration with Office 365, Teams is leading the way to empower companies with the ability to have their diverse and expansive workforce able to fully collaborate.

If you have an Office 365 subscription and would like to test drive Teams please contact us at info@peters.com.  We will be happy to help you implement Teams to run in tandem with your existing Skype for Business online environment and plan for its full implementation in the future.