Microsoft Teams

by Volker Weber

Today, at an event in New York City, we announced Microsoft Teams—the new chat-based workspace in Office 365. Microsoft Teams is an entirely new experience that brings together people, conversations and content—along with the tools that teams need—so they can easily collaborate to achieve more. It’s naturally integrated with the familiar Office applications and is built from the ground up on the Office 365 global, secure cloud. Starting today, Microsoft Teams is available in preview in 181 countries and in 18 languages to commercial customers with Office 365 Enterprise or Business plans, with general availability expected in the first quarter of 2017.

And this is how Microsoft kills. They are just adding it to their existing plans Business Essentials, Business Premium, and Enterprise E1, E3, (E4) and E5.

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Bruce Elgort, 2016-11-02

Bruce - anyone who admins Office365 isn't phased by that process at all. It's what they do all the time as new stuff becomes available.

John Head, 2016-11-02


I wasn't speaking to those people.

Bruce Elgort, 2016-11-02

More> links to the Microsoft Teams blog post, has a video. Which has a bit by Accenture, who are so happy with functionality they left behind when they migrated from Domino/Sametime. Seem like a waste, and makes me suspicious of the sanity of Accenture as a company. It's like being asked to trust a doctor that lets his own children grow up on sugary fizzy drinks and chips about dietery advice and healthy living. Just feels wrong.

Lars Berntrop-Bos, 2016-11-03

Lars I don't follow your point. I love the Domino stack but those customers that have left are using the MS stack much more successfully than they ever did for the Sametime stuff in particular. We no longer struggle to share screens with customers in meetings, it has just become "standard" to do so. So in that sense at least their experience is better.

Domino still has strengths in terms of app development but the integrated nature of Office 365 is very compelling for everyday use cases and the level of energy / investment around the MS offerings from Office 365 through to Azure does seem to be increasing at a pace.

sean cull, 2016-11-03

@Sean - And have you noticed that with each new feature and capability your licence fees have stayed the same?

Ian Bradbury, 2016-11-03

@Ian that part I am not sure about. It is the customers licencing.

It would be nice if that were the case and would be a big improvement on SharePoint where extra licences were needed to make all the bells and whistles work.

sean cull, 2016-11-03

Microsoft is in need of slightly better skilled paper hangers for their video session rooms ;-)

Thomas Odorfer, 2016-11-04

The real question is whether this will take clients away from Slack. Slack allows companies to have a collaboration space with vendors and customers. Microsoft has this on their roadmap, but Teams is currently limited to internal use. If a company chose Slack because they needed a platform that includes vendors and customers, they won't migrate to Teams.

Jay Marme, 2016-11-16

Agreed, Jay!

Volker Weber, 2016-11-16

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