Stay Connected During Coronavirus Crisis with Microsoft Teams and Zoom

Video conferences are the best we can do in much of the business world where social distancing is the word of the day. See how Microsoft Teams and Zoom are collaborating to make connections easier.  

If there’s one thing that COVID-19 has taught us, it’s that working from home is both a valid principle — and pretty darn tricky if you don’t have the right tools and access. IT departments throughout the world are scrambling to provide staff members with resources from software licenses to security strategies and laptops to help reduce the stress felt by individuals attempting to work from remote locations, often for the first time. While the software and hardware solutions in most areas are sufficient to support remote networking, this was the first truly widespread test of America’s network infrastructure that validated the ability of a large swath of the country to work from home.

One of the critical challenges for professionals is the inability to meet face-to-face with customers, team members, leadership and vendors, but this is where video conferencing has truly shined during the coronavirus crisis. With support from major corporations such as Microsoft 365 that includes Teams connection software and Zoom networking, workers are finding new ways to stay connected throughout the country. While there were still some early challenges working between the various platforms, Microsoft has teamed up with Zoom to create a more seamless interaction between the two top options in the video conferencing industry.

Seamless Connections Between Zoom and Microsoft Teams

In what is quickly becoming the “new normal,” teams across industries need to communicate with each other and with their customers promptly. This often requires that companies using Microsoft Teams and companies using Zoom collaborate, something that was a bit challenging in the past. Fortunately, the leadership between the two organizations got together. It worked through a solution that will allow connections to be more platform-agnostic — smoothing the user experience for individuals at both ends of the connections. With this updated functionality available immediately, users will appreciate being able to confidently and securely connect with coworkers anywhere in the world.

Enabling Microsoft Teams Connections for Zoom Rooms

Essential meeting functionality, including sharing screens and passing the baton to another meeting leader, are often challenging to navigate when you have companies working with different flavors of similar technology. With this updated integration between the Teams and Zoom platform, users will have access to core functionality at the tap of a button, providing one-click access between the Zoom meeting experience and Microsoft Teams Rooms via the Conference Room Connector. This solution enables any traditional SIP or H.323 endpoint to join a Zoom meeting. Plus, Zoom has added quick integrations with many Microsoft Office 365 solutions including Outlook, OneDrive and Skype for Business to ensure full interoperability and tighten security.

Pulling together and deploying a full suite of Microsoft Office 365 services, Microsoft Teams and Zoom can be a challenge, particularly when you’re working under challenging conditions. When your internal IT team needs support and assistance providing a secure and reliable telecommunications infrastructure for remote workers, contact the professionals at 4BIS.COM at (513) 469-7887 or fill out our quick online form to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. We work with organizations of all sizes to ensure you have access to the tools and information needed to stay productive during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.

James Forbis
Written by James Forbis
Posted on: April 17, 2020