Microsoft Teams

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The Journey to Microsoft Teams


Skype was founded in 2003 by Niklas Zennström, and Janus Friis, with the help from developers; Ahti Heinla, Priit Kasesalu, and Jaan Tallinn. The first public beta version was released on August 29th 2003.


2005 saw a boom in social and consumer technologies. On September 12th 2005, eBay agreed to acquire Skype Technologies US$2.5 billion in up-front cash.


Meanwhile the Microsoft team released Office Communicator in 2007, which was later rebranded as Lync in 2010.


On May 10th 2011, Microsoft acquired Skype, for a whopping US$8.5 billion. The acquisition was completed a few months later on October 13th 2011.


On September 22nd, 2015, Skype for Business 2016 was released alongside Office 2016. On October 27th, 2016, the Skype for Business for Mac client was released.


On September 25th, 2017, Microsoft announced that Skype for Business would be discontinued in favour of Microsoft Teams.


Changing Social was founded by Steve Crompton a former Microsoft & Yammer Customer Success Manager to help organisations adopt Microsoft technologies.


On the 30th July, 2019, Microsoft announced that the Skype for Business end of life date – July 31st 2021.


Today organisations around the world are deciding how best to move to Microsoft Teams wondering whether or not to move to Island Mode or Teams only and wondering how they manage they minimise the disruption for their colleagues…

The pandemic of Covid-19 sends increases daily active users from 30,000,000 to 50,000,000 within months.


Microsoft Teams isn’t a like for like Skype for Business replacement. It’s fundamentally a different way of working. Visiting our client Clifton Coffee they have now connected Microsoft Teams to the Roastery to improve supply chain communications to their operations and front line colleagues.

We have new tools for new ways of working, not new tools for old ways of working.

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