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The Difference between Skype for Business and Microsoft Teams

  1. Persistent chat 
    Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business both enable real-time chat. However, in Skype for Business, once a chat was closed or the working day was over, the chat was lost. Chat logs were kept in Outlook or Exchange, but the conversation ended when the chat was deemed over or timed out. While Microsoft Teams introduces persistent chat. MicrosoftTeams image 1

    Like in the screenshot above, the chat history is presented in a familiar style to Skype for Business. However, unlike when you log into Skype for Business the morning, the chat will remain from the previous day, week, or month. This applies to both one to one messaging and team messaging.

  2. Team Messaging 
    Teams can be set up on a per department basis, per project, per customer or any basis desired. Below is an example of multiple users chatting within a set team. You can see a “conversation” is occurring within the “General” group of the O365 Deployment “team”. MicrosoftTeams image 2

    Users can share messages, files, emojis, GIFs, and stickers with other members of the specified team. Within the team, users can also start a team meeting by hitting the Meet Now button. When you hit Meet Now, the screen will launch a pre-meeting screen like the one below.  MicrosoftTeams image 3

  3. Meetings
    Many meeting features will be like Skype for Business, making Teams adoption simple and intuitive. The interface changes from blue to purple and a meeting is now hosted within the pane that contains all your team and one to one chat. Below is a quick video showing a real-time meeting, triggered from within a team. 
    New features to start utilizing include in Microsoft Teams include: 
  • Background blur (now made available in Skype) 
  • Customized backgrounds 
  • Whiteboard masking — this means when someone is physically drawing on a whiteboard, their body won’t be in the way 
  • Live captions 
  • Live events with access available to users outside of Microsoft Teams 
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