Microsoft Teams vs Skype for Business


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Microsoft Teams
Microsoft Teams is the chat-based workspace in Office 365 that integrates all the people, content, and tools your team needs to be more engaged and effective. Microsoft Teams free open-source (self-hosted) alternatives are: Mattermost, Rocket.Chat, Zulip
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Skype for Business
Get messaging, audio and video calls, online meetings, and sharing all in one app. Meet with up to 250 people – even if they’re not on Skype for Business. All they need is a phone or Internet connection. See contacts’ online statuses, schedule meetings, and start conversations from Office apps. Skype For Business open-source self-hosted alternatives are Jitsi and Rocket.Chat.
Comparing Microsoft Teams vs Skype for Business is like comparing apples to oranges. Because your business is unique and nobody except you can decide, which is better for your company. But we can add some fun to your research and suggest some new comparison parameters.

Let's start with videos. We think that Skype for Business has better video than Microsoft Teams



Ok, now let's compare the UI. Looks like Skype for Business has more user-friendly interface than Microsoft Teams because it's bigger. At least on our screenshots


To compare the popularity of the solutions we counted how many alternatives people search for each of them on the Internet. And it turns out that Skype for Business is more popular than Microsoft Teams

Now let's look at the recent activities of our competitors:

- Microsoft upgraded Teams for Enterprises (in 2017)
- Microsoft Teams will replace Skype for Business (in 2017)
- Microsoft Teams adds guest access (in 2017)
- Microsoft opened Teams to all Office 365 users (in 2017)
- Microsoft introduced Teams - the main Slack competitor (in 2016)
- Skype for Business is available on Mac (in 2016)
- Microsoft begins rolling out Skype For Business (to replace Lync) (in 2015)
- Microsoft enabled video calling between Skype and Lync users (in 2014)
- Microsoft will rename Lync as Skype for Business (in 2014)
- Microsoft unplugs Skype from Asterisk (in 2011)

Looks like Skype for Business was recently more active than Microsoft Teams (at least in our news). We also found some news, in which Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business meet head to head:

2017 - Microsoft Teams will replace Skype for Business


Microsoft announced that its new groupchat Teams will become its core communications platform for users running Office 365. Until now, Skype for Business was the company’s product for this. According to Ron Markezich, the company’s corporate VP for Office 365, Teams will become the “hero and primary experience for all voice, video and meetings.” Over time, Teams will replace the current Skype for Business client. Microsoft obviously knows that enterprises don’t move fast, so for those who don’t want to do away with their existing PBX systems and calling capabilities to the cloud, it’ll launch a new version of the Skype for Business server in 2018. For those who do make the transition to Teams, Microsoft promises lots of new calling features and meeting enhancements with outbound and inbound calls to and from regular phones, support for voicemail, call holding, call transfers and other standard telephony features.