Ever since the world went into lockdown, businesses, employees and students stuck at home have been relying on internet-based video calling platforms.
Does the term ”Teams” ring any bells? Microsoft has taken full advantage of the home working phase when it first surfaced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and, now more than ever, businesses are realising the benefits of Microsoft Teams for remote working and collaboration in general.
In case you didn’t know already, Teams has amassed over 75 million users; more than doubling their client size since 2019. Since the turn of the year, Microsoft has implemented crucial updates to their collaborative portfolio to keep them one step ahead of the likes of Zoom and Slack.
If you haven’t discovered Teams yet, there have been some important updates coming up that make it very appealing for organisations and businesses alike; like being able to have 250 participants in a single call, and view up to 49 participants video feeds on screen at any one time. The 7-by-7 layout for having up to 49 participant’s webcams on one screen is set to be trialled throughout June/July, with an autumn roll-out looking likely.
Teams or Zoom, what’s best of organisations and SMBs?
It seems as though more organisations are hitting a bit of a brick wall with Zoom, mainly due to the lack of integration with other key aspects of work. Microsoft Teams allows direct integration with the Microsoft 365 suite, and most recently, expanded the number of users in one organisation to 10,000.
With the 10,000-user capacity and the 49-user video view, it’s easy to see why Teams is also an essential tool for schools and larger organisations. Being able to give students and employees a way to access meetings and files remotely, in-line with their emails, is vital.
Microsoft Teams appears to have hit the nail on the head with their offering. The M365 suite and Teams in a single package is a deal you’ll struggle to find anywhere else. Perhaps Slack could have a good go, but it doesn’t have the levels of flexibility and integration that can work with all sizes of organisations.
Compare this to Teams, and you’ll see that most schools and businesses already use the Outlook email client, and a good majority probably utilise the M365 suite for their paid plans. Simply having the ability to integrate file sharing, video calling and instant messaging with the 365 suite makes Teams the real winner of the remote collaboration era.
Teams Live Events
If you want to host webinars, town hall meetings or larger events, Teams has a solution. Live Events on Teams allows your organisation to broadcast content to up to 10,000 attendees. You can broadcast video or content from your desktop such as presentations, invite up to 10 presenters and switch between different content.
There is also a Q&A function for audience engagement. We have successfully used Teams Live Events to host webinars and broadcast content to people outside our organisation.
Teams Business Voice
For a fully unified collaborative platform, Teams Business Voice provides a cloud-based telephony solution. To learn more about this option, read our recent blog post here >
The paid version of Teams is surprisingly affordable and is a great option for any school, organisation or SMB that want a unified solution while managing remote working (and remote lessons) either in the short or long term.
Are you interested Microsoft Teams? Talk to us today to understand how Teams can work for your organisation and start reaping the benefits!