IMPORTANT: If you use Skype for Business Online, it will stop running July 31, 2021. Microsoft will retire it in favor of Teams.
You will need to migrate your users & data from Skype for Business into Teams.

Read about the migration steps required...then call PlanetMagpie for help migrating!

 

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Teams Deployment, Migrations, Support


Real Support for Teams, from Microsoft-Certified Experts

Connect your teams in the Office applications they use every day. With Microsoft Teams, you have one user interface for every communications tool they need—calling, online meetings, video calls, team collaboration, and chat.

Make calls from your work number using mobile or desktop, no matter where you're working. Built-in encryption, for protecting all users’ communications. Join a meeting from any device. Organize all your workflows, with files included, in one channel. All within Teams.

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Advantages of Microsoft Teams in the Modern Workplace

  • Ultra-reliable platform thanks to Microsoft's worldwide Data Center network
  • Simpler network architecture due to using Microsoft Teams in the cloud
  • All of the communications your team needs, in one place
  • Use the always-on Presence status to see which members of your team are online, at a glance
  • Live, real-person "Tier 3 level" support from PlanetMagpie's engineers
  • Switch from one medium to the next—add video to a chat, turn a chat into a call, forward a call to your mobile, share your desktop, or add notes & files to a discussion
  • Make your business' IT more efficient:
    • No server deployment necessary, which lowers overall operating expenses (OPEX)
    • 100% remote-friendly from anywhere with an Internet connection
    • Keep track of everyone's activity in real time
    • Integrated across the entire Microsoft Office 365 platform
  • PlanetMagpie can deploy Microsoft Teams quickly, via your Office 365 tenant

Tools Within Teams

  • Group and Individual Chat—Create Teams Channels for projects, groups, and private discussions
  • Chat Logs—Everyone retains a log of their conversations, so they can continue collaborating all week, month, or year long
  • Phone Calls—Make calls right from Teams, with cloud-based voicemail, group calls, etc.
  • Video Calls—Take video calls from your desktop, laptop, or mobile device
  • Video Conferencing—Fully integrated video chats. No third-party service needed. Teams Video is more secure than Zoom, too.
  • File Sharing—Share files during any conversation, right in the same window
  • Team Collaboration—Work together in Word, PowerPoint, or Excel in real time

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Questions & Answers About The Microsoft Teams Platform

"Can I use MS Teams in place of my phone system?"
Yes. The Teams app provides full calling capability, like its predecessor Skype for Business.

"Can we use MS Teams to run webinars?"
Again, yes. Teams Meetings offer screen sharing, Q&A, and everything needed to run an engaging webinar.

"Can we manage remote workers using Teams?"
You sure can. Teams was built to bring together team members, no matter where they are.

"Will MS Teams work with my current technology?"
Are you using Office 365? Then yes, it will. 
Did you use Skype for Business? Teams will work with your existing computers & hardware, though it's best to check your phones for Teams compatibility.

"Why should I use Teams over Slack?"
Teams is the best option if your business already uses Microsoft Office. It leverages your current tools, and plugs in to already-established workflows.
Teams is also more versatile than Slack, with hundreds of integrations to make work easier. 
Finally, according to Digital Trends, Teams has the superior web conferencing tools. For bigger teams, this makes Teams the clear choice.

"We use Skype for Business right now. Can we keep using that?"
If you have a Skype for Business Server, then yes, you can continue using it for the next few years. We recommend regular maintenance & security updates (which we're happy to provide).

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Why Use PlanetMagpie For Your MS Teams Deployment & Support?

As a cloud service, Teams has a faster setup process with fewer hardware requirements than Skype for Business Server. However, every cloud service needs deployment, management, and security.

That's where PlanetMagpie's "real support from real experts" comes in. We take care of all the Teams deployment/migration work for you:

  • Teams Setup
  • User Migration
  • Migration from Skype for Business to Teams
  • O365 Configuration
  • Backups of Teams Data
  • Cybersecurity Protection

Still on Skype for Business Server? PlanetMagpie will continue to support Skype for Business customers for the foreseeable future. Contact us to arrange a support contract.

PlanetMagpie: Teams Experts Homed in California and Texas, Serving the United States

Our team of certified Microsoft engineers is ready to move your company onto Teams. In 2006, we supported Microsoft’s first VoIP product called Office Communications Server (OCS).   Over the next 15 years we deployed and supported its full technology journey from OCS, to Lync, to Skype for Business, and now Teams.  We know this product inside and out.

Plus, as a long-time Microsoft Partner, we’ve earned access to Microsoft support resources and expertise other firms can’t get.

Ready to try Teams out for yourself? Request a demo from PlanetMagpie via the Contact Us form. Or call us at 510-344-1180 (California) / 817-806-3524 (Texas).