Microsoft Teams Offers Alternative To Zoom Conferencing
Many are dealing with limitations to their on-premise phone systems as they max out how many lines/trunks/conference lines are available. As workers scramble to set up shop at home, there is a higher demand on the phone server, office internet bandwidth, and total available phone lines and conference lines. If you are maxed out on conference lines and are on Office 365, look at the Office 365 Audio Conferencing Plan to solve this problem.
Why Microsoft Teams Audio Conferencing?
With the influx of remote workers due to COVID-19, Zoom Conferencing has experienced security breaches including Zoom accounts being sold on hacker forums and Zoombombing. Governments and schools around the world are avoiding Zoom altogether due to security concerns. Microsoft Teams Audio Conferencing offers built-in security, including a variety of privacy and security controls to allow you to manage who participates in your meetings and who has access to meeting information.
In Teams, Microsoft encrypts data in transit and at rest, storing your data in our secure network of datacenters and using Secure Real-time Transport Protocol (SRTP) for video, audio, and desktop sharing.
Microsoft Teams Audio Conferencing FAQ’s
Teams Conferencing is directly integrated into Office 365, and security is built-in. You probably have a few questions. We have answers:
- What is the setup time?
- Accellis can set up and assign Teams Conferencing in less than one hour.
- How many attendees can attend a Teams conference?
- Users can host conferences with up to 250 attendees.
- Can attendees call into a conference using a phone line?
- A host and their clients can call into a conference using a computer, mobile or landline.
- What typed of conferencing does Teams offer?
- Teams offer audio conferencing, video conferencing, and desktop screen sharing.
- Are conference recordings available?
- All recordings are available at no extra charge with the option to turn on automatic captioning/subtitles.
- Can I change the background when on video chatting?
- You can blur your background (and soon add background images) when video chatting.
- Do users get their own phone line?
- Users get a domestic phone number which is automatically inserted in their meeting invite; send an invite and you are ready to go.
- Is there a limit on call minutes?
- Teams offer unlimited domestic calling minutes on these plans with no overages.
- What happens if a client was not initially invited?
- You can even dial-out from Teams to join your client in if they aren’t calling in or weren’t initially invited.
- This feature is for free for 60 minutes, and it’s just $0.013/min after that Accellis can block this feature if requested).
- What if attendees joining from outside the U.S.?
- If attendees join from outside the country, they are billed, not you.
- Can a Teams license be shared?
- Licenses cannot be shared; they must be assigned to each user.
- All users share the same call-in number but have separate conference IDs, so you don’t have to worry about bumping into each other
Save Money With Teams
Businesses are looking to cut costs during this pandemic. If a business is already on an Office 365 plan, Audio Conferencing can be added for just $4/user/mo compared to the $10/user/mo with Zoom. A business must be on one of the below Office 365 plans below to add Teams Audio Conferencing.
- Office 365 Business Premium
- Office 365 E1
- Office 365 E3
- Office 365 E5
Office 365 E1,E3, and E5 are different types of Enterprise plans that allow you to create, share, and collaborate from anywhere on any device with a cloud-based suite of productivity apps and services.
What if Our Business is Using Office 365 Business Essentials?
If a business is utilizing more cost-efficient plans like Office 365 Business Essentials, Business, F1, it is required to add a plan called Phone System for $8/user/mo. The total cost will be $12/user/mo total to add Teams Conferencing.
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