Microsoft Teams and Skype: What Are They?
Microsoft Teams was introduced as the ultimate tool for workplace communication. It combines the power of video-conferencing and online chatting into one unique platform, and has consistently made collaboration in the workplace easy and fun. With a wide array of unique features (i.e. note-taking applications), it’s no wonder why so many have been drawn in to this new division of the Microsoft Office 365 home portal.
But Skype has always kept its place in the business world. The original video-conferencing tool, Skype is regularly used by companies and agencies everywhere, and some argue it can never be replaced. It, too, offers online chatting features, and can cover any type of conversation from priority staff meetings to face-to-face chats.
A Few Similarities
So, which is better? Let’s start out by examining some of the basics. Microsoft Teams and Skype both possess features like instant messaging, voice calls, video calls, and group meeting capabilities.1 Both offer clients the power to schedule calls, and both are accessible through mobile devices.
What Does Teams Have That Skype Doesn’t?
But Microsoft Teams has a few things Skype doesn’t. For example, Teams offers a threaded chat feature, allowing users and speakers to form close-knit groups.2 This knocks out any confusion and enables users to know right where they stand regarding work projects.
It also provides users with an easy and clear way to discuss specific topics without interrupting the main flow of conversation. In today’s modern work environment, it’s common to see multiple topics and tasks being tackled at once, so it’s nice to have a feature that “clears the air” for employees now and again.
The software behind Teams is also a little simpler, granting users access to things like Planner, SharePoint, OneNote, and Office 365. In the long run, one might automatically assume that Teams is the stronger of the two, and can pave the way for flexibility and efficiency in the workplace.
Skype – Still Going Strong
But it would be wrong to say that Skype is lagging, and the tool embodies many elements that are practically non-existent through Teams. Skype users, for instance, have the option of broadcasting their meetings and reaching out to multiple audiences. Teams, on the other hand, is like a television without a VCR – once the event is over, there’s no going back.
Skype also features other cool aspects like PSTN calling and conferencing, meeting room systems and video interoperability, so users can collaborate regardless of the software they’re working on. It also uses a “two-way opt-in” feature, giving you the power to accept contacts and invitations before beginning a conversation.3 Skype prevents strangers from ever entering your personal bubble.
Give Us a Call
Both are designed to make your work schedule a bit easier, and while we can’t vouch for which is better, Microsoft 365 does give you direct access to both Teams and Skype for Business in one convenient package. As a Microsoft Office reseller, Finchloom provides you with the training you’ll need to master each platform.Our goal is to get your small business to the top and build your knowledge of Microsoft 365 applications so you always have an edge on your competition. We boast the tools and expertise needed to get you going, so contact us at 844-346-2456 or by email at email@example.com.