During the Ignite conference that took place last month, Microsoft unveiled a variety of new developments and upgrades. One of the latest developments that particularly caught the attention of users was the phasing out of Skype for Business. Microsoft confirmed that they were fully committed their new collaboration platform, Microsoft Teams which will eventually replace Skype for Business.
Upgrades for Teams
According to Microsoft, communication features such as call routing, HD video conferencing, voicemail, speech-to-text,ability to call phone numbers and traditional landlines will gradually be added to Teams to complete the phasing out process. On their part, Microsoft will boost the functionality of their servers to ensure that hitch free communications between team members.
Why the Development?
Microsoft has continually made an effort to improve the Skype infrastructure so that users can enjoy clearer, faster, and more stable voice and video communications. However, Microsoft applications are disorganized making it difficult for users enjoy its features to the fullest. For example, you will need to open the Skype for Business app and Group Calendar separately if you want to schedule events during a video conference.
With Teams, you can enjoy the features of Skype for Business which are incorporated with other Office 365 applications like Dynamics 365, SharePoint, Outlook and Groups, all in one window.
What will become of on-premises Skype for Business?
While it true that Microsoft is working towards replacing Skype for Business in Office 365 with Teams, the tech giant is not making plans yet to phase out on-premises versions of the VoIP software. Instead, they are looking at launching a new Skype for Business on-premises server in 2018 which will also provide medical IT support.
Will Your VoIP devices remain useful?
Microsoft intends to make the transition process less stressful for users. That is why VoIP devices used by Skype such as microphones, webcams, and desktop handsets are compatible with the new Microsoft Teams. In fact, communication devices created by third-party manufacturers like Logitech and Lenovo work with the platform.
How do you migrate?
You can easily migrate using the Office 365 administrator portal. The “side by side with notify” option allows employees to familiarize themselves with Microsoft Teams. With this feature, you can run both Teams and Skype for Business to train employees on how to utilize the features of Teams and also notify them when the features of telephony are available in Teams.
Until Microsoft issues a deadline for migration, users can choose to move all contacts from their Skype directory to the list of the new platform. This will allow for a quick and easy migration.
There is nothing to be worried about when it comes to migrating to Microsoft Teams as it provides medical IT support. You can still enjoy all the features of Skype for Business that you love on this new platform. The migration process is hassle free, so get your employees acquainted with Teams if they use Office 365.