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All you Need to Know for effective Microsoft Teams Migration

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Many users plan their migration from Skype to Teams. If you haven’t marked your calendars already, 31st July is the date when Skype for Business is officially retiring.

Migrating data and contacts to the new environment, Microsoft Teams, is a sensitive task. You need to be equipped with all the knowledge for Microsoft Teams migrations and deployment. A Microsoft Teams implementation checklist comes in handy while you are planning to migrate.

Why should I migrate to Teams anyway?

Microsoft Teams extends the capabilities offered by Skype for Business. So, with Microsoft Teams, you are all set to experience file storage, video meetings, chat, voice calling, app integrations and much more under a unified platform. Here are the top 5 things you need to know before you migrate to Teams.

  • MachCloud Operation Teams assistance on Onboarding and Deployment Phases

The operations team is available for any assistance 24×7 to support your needs. The migration must be done in phases and at any point, if you need assistance, MachCloud operations Team is ready to the rescue!

  • Know the size and location of your Team

Microsoft Teams migration largely depends on the size of the company. Size and geographical locations are important topics, especially if you have geographical separated organizations and employees in different timezones

  • Get a solution to Streamline Enterprise Team Operations

Use MachCloud professional team to get down to the nitty-gritty, they will come up with a plan that is best for your organization’s Skype to Microsoft Teams Migration. 

  • Know how to measure the effectiveness

In order to avail the maximum potential from Teams, you must know how effective it is in the organization. Tools like Teams Admin Center, Power BI templates and Call Quality Dashboard are there to help improve operations.

  • Forecast the costs

Teams Migrations require costs both from external and internal. However, In the long run, Teams will help save money for the entire business communication infrastructure. The internal efforts will be the costs of paramount importance and should definitely be on your Microsoft Teams implementation checklist. Another cost is a Microsoft 365 license depending upon the size of the company.

RELATED: SKYPE FOR BUSINESS ONLINE RETIRES | MICROSOFT TEAMS IS THE NEW NORM

MachCloud offers best-in-line Skype to Teams Migration Services

MachCloud is an all-in-one unified business communication platform and provides Professional Services. It streamlines Teams migrations with its Skype to Teams migration services. From pre-migration check to on-boarding, MachCloud experts provide assistance on every phase of Teams Migration. The entire process is smooth and streamlined based on fixed-price project offering.

So, head up your organization’s entire business communication with the most modern tools with MachCloud. 

Skype for Business Online Retires | Microsoft Teams is the new norm

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If you haven’t noticed already, Skype for Business Online is retiring this month.

Businesses that took interest in Skype for Business Online and unified business communications services are well aware of the fact that Microsoft announced this retirement two years ago. The new platform is Microsoft Teams which is equipped with much more. Since the announcement took place, a large number of training and workshops have been conducted by Microsoft and other providers on how to do the migrations and how to tackle the transition phase from Skype for Business Online to Teams.

For those of you who haven’t yet decided to make the shift, it is high time you should decide it once and for all. MachCloud is offering Assisted upgrades to Teams with its Microsoft-assisted Upgrades to Teams Program. It will begin from August 2021 and will be beneficial to those organizations that haven’t yet made the transition. They will then be able to use Skype for Business Online for a smooth Unified business communication experience until their upgrade is done.

MachCloud-assisted Upgrades to Teams

The organizations opting for this upgrade will be provided the assistance based on the type of skype for business online program they are using. The duration of the program will depend upon the volume of users and the nature of the initial deployment. They are based on two categories:

  • Skype for Business Online-only: For these kinds of users, they’ll be placed in Teams Only mode. The program will apply a TeamsUpgradeOverridePolicy to the entire tenant.
  • Skype for Business Online users in the hybrid environment: These users will also be switched to Teams only mode if they aren’t already.

What would be included in the Migrations?

In order to carry out the migrations, you need to consider many technical aspects. To be sure to migrate in a proactive approach to avoid any data loss during migrations, it is advised to perform a Pre-migration check. MachCloud performs such a Pre-migration check which results in a project plan for seamless migration while ensuring a fully transparent migration with fixed price execution and planning.

ALSO READ: WORK FROM HOME SIMPLIFIED WITH MICROSOFT TEAMS AND MACHCLOUD

Final Thoughts on Teams Migrations

It’s important to note that services that were a part of Skype for Business Online will not be supported once it retires. Following is a list of such services:

  • Skype for Business Online Cloud Connector Edition (CCE) 
  • Third-party audio conferencing providers (ACP) 
  • Hybrid voice configurations
  • Skype Meeting Broadcast

MachCloud – The one window for your unified business communications needs

MachCloud is a Unified business communication platform and offers Voice for Teams where your customers can experience Secure encrypted inbound and outbound calling. The platform is equipped with a fully automated self-service portal to make the business communication operations hassle-free. 

Planning to migrate your projects from Skype to Microsoft Teams? Let our experts help with the Smooth Teams migration experience with 24×7 support!

The killer feature of Microsoft Teams for Business

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Microsoft Teams Meeting Feature

It’s a whole lot of Microsoft Teams features that have made it popular amongst businesses in the past couple of years. Especially, during the pandemic, there has been a drastic rise in the number of users opting for online collaborative tools to keep the flow of work intact.

Microsoft Teams Meeting Features prove fruitful in the Digital Workspace

If there’s one thing Microsoft has focused on Teams, its collaboration. Microsoft Teams collaboration tools are very effective tools for communication while working remotely. Microsoft Teams Meetings Features also provide a rich experience of holding online meetings. Teams are a hub for teamwork and have been carefully engineered with the needs of project teams in mind.

Related: Digital Office: The future workplace is already here

Teams can serve as a full-fledged business phone system

Teams provide business connectivity with a full-fledge and robust cloud-based PBX system, even with your current system. The setup has been streamlined and Microsoft Teams can be used exactly the way a normal business phone works. It is equipped with features like integrated dial pad, call forwarding and simultaneous ringing, call holding and retrieving, call history, call answering and initiating (by name and number, voicemail, and most importantly emergency calling. All of these Microsoft Teams features can be utilized via any Teams supported device like work laptop or tablet or even your personal smartphone.

How to setup telephony in Teams for your business?

To be able to utilize Microsoft Teams features, you need to have Office 365 up and running at your end. To make, receive and transfer calls, there are two options in Teams:

  • Phone System and Calling Plans:

In this approach, Microsoft provides phone numbers to the company users of Teams along with the PSTN service. This option however is not available in most European countries.

  • Use Direct Routing:

In Direct Routing, companies can use their existing PBX and PSTN connection including Calling Plans for Teams Telephony.

Related: How MachCloud Solution for Microsoft Teams facilitates businesses with Teams Direct Routing

MachCloud – The all-in-one business telephony provider

MachCloud provides as a Telecom Operator a complete and robust telephony platform for digital business communications. The modern-day communication portal provides businesses with all the modern tools needed for a collaborative environment within the company amongst employees and customers. Equipped with top-notch infrastructure, MachCloud has got solutions for businesses like MachCloud® and others such as MachCloud Solution for Microsoft Teams® to provide Teams related features including Calling in Teams, Direct Routing, etc.

Equip your business with MachCloud today for effective business communication and get on board with a state-of-the-art business communication platform.

7 Facts Microsoft doesn’t want you to know about Calling in Teams

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When you want to make calls to phone numbers from Teams, you need a Provider that connects Teams to the Telephony network. In various countries, Microsoft offers Calling Plans as an add-on to your user license. The alternative is using Microsoft Direct Routing to connect Teams to the Telephony network.

These 7 Facts tell you why you shouldn’t use Microsoft Calling Plans for calling in Teams

teams telephony comparison

MachCloud – the all-in-one communication platform for business

MachCloud is a born-in-the-cloud certified European Telephony Operator and Network provider with solutions like Calling in Teams, Cloud PBX, Direct Routing in Teams, and many others. The pricing and plans of MachCloud are easy on the company budget. MachCloud offers crystal clear voice and high availability of services to companies. 

Get on board with MachCloud to make use of top-notch infrastructure and take your company’s business communication to the next level.

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