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4 June 2019

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4 Reasons to Use Microsoft Teams With the Atlantech Online Hosted PBX

Business Phone Service by Tom Collins

Microsoft raised eyebrows when it unveiled it would be shutting down Skype for Business in favor of a new Microsoft 365 integrated system called Microsoft Teams.

If you were like many, the potential of having the power of Microsoft interacting with your PBX got you excited. It teased you with the promise of increased productivity and a more effective team.

The good news is that now, Microsoft Teams Calling can interact with the Atlantech Online Hosted PBX service, making it the phone system of choice.

How Microsoft Teams Calling Features Can Work with Atlantech Online Hosted PBX

Microsoft Teams Calling focuses on compatibility with Office 365. In doing so they have integrated all of the Office 365  tools that many organization needed.

Teams is very valuable for small offices without complex phone system requirements. If your business relies on call centers, ACD Groups, advanced calling vectors, or some of the benefits of a flexible PBX that is fully featured and functional, Teams can be used as a Super Soft Phone for users while you still leverage the more complex requirements with our Hosted PBX service. Here are four ways that you can use Microsoft Teams Calling while using Atlantech Online's business phone service.

1. Microsoft Teams Leverages Common Features

To start, Microsoft Teams can pull together all your Office 365 apps into one place. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneDrive can all be accessed from within Teams. The system has no call recording, so you don't have the option to archive information shared during conferences and other important conversations. 

Add to that, the ability to chat, conference, video conference and make/take phone calls and you have a full featured collaboration tool. No wonder Teams is surpassing Zoom and Webex with number of users!

Both enterprise businesses and smaller entities rely on call and contact centers. If Microsoft Teams Calling is your go-to system, you'll need to leverage other resources to manage your call routing. That's why using the Atlantech Online Hosted PBX service is a good choice because you can get all those things while your users are also using Teams.

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2. Microsoft Teams Requires Office 365

One of the great features of PBX is that you can use any phone you choose. But more and more, we're seeing our customer using softphones and mobile devices with an app or even turning the mobile phone into a direct endpoint on our Hosted PBX service.

This means, you'll need a Office 365 (now Microsoft 365) license. Then you have your Hosted PBX seat with Atlantech Online and you're good to go. We don't sell O365 so make sure you have that first. You'll also need a type of O365 license that gives you Teams and the ability to make phone calls.

3. Microsoft Customer Service is Hands-Off

PBX requires top-notch customer service. If your system fails or requires assistance, you want to get it back up fast, and without wasting time searching for your own solution.

Well, Microsoft takes a hands-off approach to customer service with Office 365 and continues the same tactic with Teams. The company has an extensive information database but prefers users to manage with a self-service approach, rather than Microsoft committing resources to help.

That's why it is ideal to use Teams with our Hosted PBX service as we can help you get it setup easily and then providing ongoing support when the need arises.

4. Save Time and Money

Pricing for Microsoft Teams and calling with Microsoft directly can get confusing. Teams requires the Office 365 licensing and if you're doing Direct Routing with MS, you may need SBCs and gateway servers along with connectivity directly into Azure.

Using Teams as a softphone on our hosted PBX platform will cost a lot less than that and save you lots of time. We had one customer that tried to direct routing into MS themselves and it took them over 9 months to even get in position to do some testing. We turn up Teams users on our Hosted PBX platform within one week.

Hosted PBX Combined with MS Teams

The ongoing global pandemic has accelerated the rate at which companies are adopting Microsoft Teams Calling. Give us a call today and we can help you get setup and using Teams for calling. While you're at it, check out our guide, 10 Questions to Ask Before You Buy Phone Service.





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About the author:

Tom Collins (Twitter, LinkedIn) - is the Director of Enterprise Sales & Marketing for Atlantech Online. He has over 20 years of professional experience in the Internet Service Provider industry and is known for translating technology into positive results for business. A native of Washington, DC, a graduate from University of Maryland (degrees in Government & Politics and Secondary Education), Tom is also a five-time Ironman finisher.