What is Microsoft Teams?
Officially, Microsoft Teams is a hub for team collaboration in Office 365 that integrates the people, content, and tools your team needs to be more engaged and effective. Unofficially, this is Microsoft throwing more productivity tools to keep you locked in an Office 365 subscription.
My company is not using Microsoft Teams, why should I care?
You should care about Microsoft Teams because this is your future productivity platform. Your company might not be using Microsoft Teams now, but your CFO/CTO will be lured to increase productivity while cutting cost:
- if your company is already paying for Microsoft Office 365 and other Microsoft productivity tools like Lync, Skype for Business, and some Microsoft Project Server products, it’s just a matter of time until your CFO/CTO will realize that the company can get more features (using Teams) while only paying for an Office 365 subscription
- if your company is already paying for Microsoft Office 365 and some supplemental productivity tools like Slack, Zoom and some Atlassian products, it’s just a matter of time until your CFO/CTO will realize that the company can get more features (using Teams) from Office 365 while saving the cost from buying supplemental productivity tools
- if your company is paying for Google G Suite and some supplemental productivity tools like Slack, Zoom and some Atlassian products, it’s just a matter of time until your CFO/CTO (unless we are talking about true Microsoft haters) will realize that the company can get more features in a Microsoft Office 365 subscription while saving cost significantly. Comparable Enterprise Microsoft Office 365 E3 plan is already $5 (per user/month) cheaper than top of the line Google G Suite Enterprise plan, but if your add Teams capabilities, neighbor’s grass becomes the greenest ever.
What I am trying to say is, if you are not using Microsoft Teams right now, get ready to the idea that you will use it in the near future. Despite the fact that Microsoft Teams looks like a whole new attempt to breath new life into struggling Skype for Business product, Teams is much more than that. Microsoft Teams features and usability might not be on par yet with the competition, but continuous development and heavy bundling with Office 365 subscription will make it lethal to the competition.
I read the other day that Microsoft Teams impressive growth after just 2 years is caused by corporate executives shoving Office 365 down the throat of employees, meaning it’s a forced adoption and doesn’t really represent a true use. While that might be the case to some degree, it’s hard to argue that Microsoft Office 365 subscription provides the best bang for a buck and Microsoft Teams bundling is making it truly irresistible. Still not sure? Let’s unearth what services Microsoft Teams is hiding.
Microsoft Teams services vs. most popular competition:
- Chat – think of Slack with $10+ per user/month savings (Slack Direct Messages = Microsoft Teams Chat, Slack Channels = Microsoft Teams Teams, Slack Workspaces = doesn’t exists in Microsoft Teams)
- Files / Wiki – think of Google Drive and Atlassian Confluence combo with $10+ per user/month savings
- Planner – think of Atlassian Jira (minus all the capabilities, so it resembles a unappealing Free Trello 0.5) with $10+ per user/month savings
- Calls/Meeting – think of Zoom (minus the ability to record locally) with $15+ per user/month savings
- OneNote – think of EverNote with $10+ per user/month savings
What you witnessed above is savings of at least $50 per user/month. The sceptics might say that Microsoft Teams services are still not fully comparable (which is true), but those services still provide about 60% of the competitor product feature set at no additional cost. It’s hard to resist, right? Sooner or later, you would have to team up with Teams, it’s unavoidable, just learn how to deal with it! 🙂
My personal experience is limited to Slack, Zoom, and Teams (I am on Teams now). I barely used Atlassian Confluence and Jira products. I never used EverNote.