Microsoft recently announced that Skype for Business will be retired in July 2021. This continues Microsoft’s development and push of its Teams tool. Microsoft Teams focuses on being a collaboration hub for business teams by offering chat, video conferencing, and documentation into a single point. While it’s nice to have “one tool to rule them all,” there tends to be a tradeoff when tools try to do lots of things.
Sure, a Swiss Army knife can open cans and whittle wood, but it doesn’t really do them well. And as a small business owner, you need to make informed decisions about your technology toolset. Sometimes it’s cost effective to use a wide-ranging tool like Teams while other times it’s better to pay for a specialized one.
With that being said, NextPoint IT thought we’d provide a few video conferencing options for SMB’s to explore while you consider how to manage this transition:
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What do we recommend?
At the end of the day, NextPoint IT would recommend seeing how Microsoft Teams plays out. Microsoft has been on point these days with a strong focus on current business needs and trends. Their CEO Satya Nadella has done an excellent job instilling a growth and innovative culture at Microsoft, and it’s showing up in its products.
Plus, Teams is included in all Office 365 subscriptions. Why pay extra for a slightly better tool when you’re already paying for a good one? NextPoint IT will continue to keep an eye on how this transition goes, but we’d recommend seeing how Microsoft integrates Skype into Teams.
NextPoint IT offers a complimentary consultation and assessment for small businesses in the Indianapolis, Fishers, Carmel, or Westfield, Indiana area. And we'd love to discuss how to improve your technology toolset!
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