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We have been testing Microsoft Teams over the past couple of months as a replacement for Skype for Business that we currently use at Leap IT and thought we would share our thoughts with you.

Firstly, some of the facts about Microsoft Teams, if you already have a Microsoft Office 365 subscription then Teams is absolutely free however don’t worry if you are not yet using Microsoft Office 365 you can still get a very effective “free” version of Teams.  In a nut shell Teams is Microsoft’s latest tool for team communications, think of WhatsApp, Skype, DropBox and Messenger rolled into one and you are half way there.  Could this finally be a viable alternative to email? Maybe.

“Microsoft Teams is WhatsApp, Skype, Messenger and DropBox rolled into one…….and it’s also FREE”

Leap IT using Microsoft Teams

A really cool feature is the ability to attach files directly into the message for your co-workers to see, with Skype you had to download the file however in Teams you can open the attachment and edit it directly in Teams.  You can also have several people editing the file at the same time and see updates in real-time

Teams is also great for video conferencing either with colleagues or externally with customers and suppliers.  You can also share your desktop during the call and collaborate together on documents in real-time.

Video Conference in Teams

“Schedule video calls and share your desktop with all participants”

Unlike Skype, which requires you to have a Skype account in order to join the party, with Microsoft Teams you can invite external users and suppliers into the “Team” by sending them a unique code.  What’s more Teams doesn’t require any software to be installed on the user’s PC as it can run completely in a browser.

Desktop software is available to download onto your laptop or PC here and full mobile versions of Microsoft Teams is also available in the App Store for iPhones and Google Play for Android devices.

Microsoft Teams Mobile App

Video conference calls, Instant Messaging, file editing and sharing all work perfectly via the mobile app for iOS and Android.  You can also add-in existing Sharepoint Teamsites into Microsoft Teams to access files and content stored in Sharepoint.

In short we absolutely love Microsoft Teams, it has all the best features of WhatsApp, Skype, Messenger and DropBox that everyone loves working with rolled into one.  We have now rolled this out to everyone at Leap IT as our main collaboration tool throughout the business with great success.

In short Teams is a very powerful tool for any business that gets on-board with it and with over 150+ API’s it probably already connects with the applications you are currently using.

“Teams is a very powerful tool for any business that gets on-board with it”

If you’d like any further information or help with your IT Systems feel free to get in touch at Hello@LeapIT.co.uk or alternatively why not give us a call on 0121 296 5545.

For over 17 years, Leap IT has been working with more than 200 businesses throughout the West Midlands and across the UK. We work closely with you to really understand what your business needs so that we can make sure you always receive the best advice and achieve the best value. With a breadth of solutions spanning IT SupportCommunicationsCloud Computing, and Print, we see that your IT is completely covered from end to end. We ensure that your IT works exactly as it should, all of the time.  This way, you can be free to focus on your business and use technology to help you progress rather than worrying about it holding you back. Nor should you settle for less.  It’s what drives us on to be more responsive, more innovative, and more switched-on than your typical IT partner.  We’re here to take your business’ IT to where it needs to be.