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Microsoft Teams is quickly becoming the most popular collaboration tool for organizations using Office 365. However, with the reliance on email, Microsoft Outlook is still the most popular of Microsoft’s business applications as it provides email, contact and calendaring capabilities.
Should Microsoft consider integrating Microsoft Outlook into Microsoft Teams so that users have an all in one collaboration experience or is this counterintuitive for users and Microsoft itself? With Microsoft already retiring Skype and integrating it into Microsoft Teams could Microsoft Outlook be the next to go?
More and more features are being rolled into Microsoft Teams and it is fast becoming an all-in-one collaboration tool for organizations. Microsoft Teams currently includes the following features:
Below are just a few reasons why combining these two tools could be beneficial for the user experience:
Personally, I think that the approach to joining Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Teams might be to offer a slimmed-down version of Outlook’s capabilities in Teams for 80% of the functionality that is most commonly used, while still retaining Outlook for the remaining capabilities.
New workers have less reliance on email, so could this be a chance for Microsoft to put a stake in the ground and help steer organizations into new ways of working? The integration of at least the common features of Microsoft Outlook could be a good idea and this has already started to happen with additional capabilities announced at Ignite 2019.
There might not be a ‘right’ answer and Microsoft might just keep working on a better integration story between both products; allowing users to choose which tool and which working style they want.
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