Sooner or later, Microsoft Teams will be what you use instead of Skype for Business. For many organizations, though, this process will take some time. Because we here at EventBuilder add functionality to Skype for Business and Skype Meeting Broadcast, we’re often asked what we think about Teams and whether or not the EventBuilder Suite will do for Teams what it does for Skype for Business.
The short answer (updated 15 Feb 2019): Teams is literally where we “live” as an all-virtual company, and we're now supporting Teams with EventBuilder Suite.
Microsoft Teams is a hub for teamwork in Office 365—a chat-based workspace that enhances team productivity by providing a single location that brings together everything they need. Users can communicate through chat, meetings, and calls.
Skype for Business and Teams both allow for communication through chat, voice, and video. Teams, though, is designed as a hub for all of Office 365 (including, for instance, how you’d collaborate on Word or Excel) “to provide a true chat-based hub for teamwork.”
Microsoft recently launched Teams Live Events that provides some standard structure used in traditional webinar environment. As best we know, this is still in "Public Preview" (what used to be called 'beta') and will not be "GA" (general availability) until April 2019. Some examples of features that would support “webinars” are options for Q&A, designating roles such as Organizer, Producer, Presenter and Attendee and the option to create and archive (on-demand) recording.
It is important to note, though, that many users would define a “webinar” as an event that invites participants to register in advance (on a registration page, which is a distinctly different use case than using an internal calendar to ‘RSVP’). Registration and other full-feature access for external users are not currently available.
EventBuilder Suite is now fully integrated with Microsoft Teams. We also continue to work on functionality that is possible in Teams that isn't possible with Skype for Business or Skype Meeting Broadcast.
Here are three principles that you can count on that guide how we think:
For ourselves? We’re an all-virtual company. Yes, we like getting together in person as much as the next organization. But we also see some things that less-frequent users and those addicted to conference rooms miss. Some of our favorites include
Too, visit (if not subscribe to) our blog. We will keep you on top of things like "What is the Attendee user experience (UX) in Teams Live Broadcast?" or "17 quick facts" that we discover along the way.