Are you already familiar with Microsoft Teams? I hope so. Teams is an impressiv communication and collaboration platform enabling your workforce to cope with different kind of workloads within a single pane of glass. P2P chat, team chat, presence, audio calling, video calling, app sharing, meetings, (third-party) app integration, (soon) PSTN telephony, bot integration … just to name a few features. Pretty amazing, isn’t it!?! Let’s have a quick look including the latest updates on Teams features:
Microsoft Teams full tutorial with recent updates
I have been using Microsoft Teams since released. To me, it helps reduce mails, structure projects and its belonging communication and collaboration workloads. It really eases the work I have to deal with as a virtual project team member. It allows me to stay more easily in touch with project members and keep track of all the relevant information I need to complete projects successfully.
To start with Microsoft Teams: analyse your business requirements, create personas, create site profiles, assess features to cover these requirements with teams, calculate costs (business case), check feasibility, check gaps, check migration paths, always keep your users in mind (change management for user adoption & training) …
Teams can be seen as one enabling platform for a modern and digital workplace. One part within the complete enterprise and IT architecture landscape. One part to evolve the company towards a digital enterprise.
For more information on Microsoft Teams you can visit www.SuccessWithTeams.com.
Microsoft’s Ignite 2017 in Orlando took place and some very interesting announcements were made. This post sums up some contents and highlights regarding Skype for Business and Teams which were mentioned in one of the sessions (see link/video at the bottom). All contents might be subject to change and only provide a high level overview and summary.
Skype for Business Server (SFBS) 2019
No Standard Edition Server(UPDATE: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Skype-for-Business-IT-Pro/Skype-for-Business-2019-Standard-Edition-Server-Back/td-p/153886)
- No Director Role
- No Inplace Upgrade (Side-by-Side-only)
- No more silverlight CSCP anymore
- No persistent chat with SFBS 2019
- Probably no SBA but backwards compatbility might be provided
Skype for Business Server (SFBS) 2019 Migrationpaths
- Server 2013 -> Server 2019
- Server 2015 -> Server 2019
- Minimum OS: Windows Server 2016
- Minimum SQL: SQL Server 2016
Current State –> Migration Proposal towards Teams
- No onpremise Lync/SFB server –> Go for a TEAMs pilot (IMP, Meetings, Voice)
- Onpremise SFB server without Enterprise Voice –> Go for TEAMs pilot in coexistence with SFB, migrate to TEAMs over time
- Onpremise SFB server with Enterprise Voice –> Assess current capabilities incl. third-party integrations, service contracts etc., go for TEAMs pilot in coexistence with SFB, evaluate migration feasability to TEAMs or SFB Server 2019
SFBS 2019, SFB Online and Teams Hybrid
- Office 365 Tenant required
- Office 365 Tenant/Cloud (admin) permissions required
- Hybrid aware Office 365 portal
- Call Analytics and Retention in one portal for all useres
- Voicemail Services provided via Cloud Backend for SFB Server 2019
- Auto Attendant provided via Cloud Backend for SFB Server 2019
- Call Queues provided via Cloud Backend for SFB Server 2019
- One experience for all users
- Modern Auth (in Public Preview for SFB Server) –> AAD
Meeting Migration Service
- Scheduled Meeting Update Service
- Replaces Meeting Migration Tool
- Supports moving user from SFBS to SFBO
- Supports Exchange Online or Exchange Server 2016 User Mailboxes
- Bring your own trunk
- No CCE
Skype for Business Server (SFBS) 2019 Response Groups News?
- No news/no new features regarding on premise response group/s
High Availability – Windows Fabric
- New Fabric
- EE 1 – 16 Frontends (not 2!)
- EE 2 does not work –> Quorum problem! Not usable
Future Roadmap Microsoft UC?
More details might be provided on the October 2017 Roadmap of TEAMs.
Source of the above information
To stay up to speed do not forget to check out http://skypepreview.com for new (preview) features and functions on SFB/Teams as well as the other links listed in my previous posts here on this blog.
Yesterday on Ignite, Microsoft announced two important milestones regarding UC:
- First of all, Skype for Business will become Teams over time.
- Second, Skype for Business Server vNext is planned for Q4 2018.
It was very nice to see how smooth the migration can be done (SFB2Teams) and especially how the voice features (enterprise voice features from SFB) will be part of Teams.
The migration seems to be primarily “app-based”, i.e. you decide on O365 how to transition / migrate (side by side, side by side with notify, teams-only) and the client app is “switched” including contacts etc. A coexistence of clients seems to be possible, too, but of course not with the “persistence”. The most impressive and futuristc part regarding teams were options to integrate holo lens / mixed reality into team conversations…
Microsoft released the preview of new service based on Office 365, called Teams. Take a look around, the web is already stuffed with loads of information about the new collaborative team service. Below I’ve put together some links pointing to contents about Microsoft Teams worth reading plus the official intro videos from Microsoft.
Microsoft Teams Intro
Microsoft Teams: Step-by-Step intro and overview
Microsoft Team Link Dossier
What you should read and know about it: