There Is No M"I"crosoft In Teams

THERE IS NO M”i”CROSOFT IN TEAMS

On a recent updated Microsoft decided to force Microsoft Teams onto the whole world.

They included a small note on their monthly channel release notes page that said...

Note

  • We often roll out features (and sometimes even fixes) to Monthly over a period of time. If you don’t see something described below right away, you can expect it soon. Learn more

  • Microsoft Teams on existing installations of Office 365 ProPlus - Beginning in early July, updates to Office 365 ProPlus (and Office 365 Business) will include Microsoft Teams. The date when Teams will be added depends on which update channel you're using. Please refer to Deploy Microsoft Teams with Office 365 ProPlus for additional information.

One would think.

Cool, I’m getting some new software to try out.

But this isn’t how it went down.

THE POWER MOVE


First, Microsoft added Teams and then made it start up when you log in.

So now, anyone that has a Microsoft Office 365 with the app subscription to Office gets Microsoft Teams auto-loaded when they log in.

Now Microsoft would want you to think that that’s a good thing.

Repeat after me…

You need Microsoft Teams!

You need Microsoft Teams!

But do you???

Across my client base, I noticed a few things.

Some clients actually started using Microsoft Teams.

They’re using it to replace Skype for Chat.

They’re sharing files.

They’re doing video meetings.

And that’s helping their business and their productivity.

But what about everyone else?

Other clients are confused.

They have no idea what’s going on.

They want it turned off.

They feel violated.

And yeah, they’re a little pissed off.

CLASSIC MICROSOFT


Forcing apps down people's throats is not new for Microsoft.

Remember the Browser Wars???

When Microsoft wanted the whole world to use Microsoft Internet Explorer?

And so they did it again.

Months back they installed Microsoft Teams for you.

Then they started it up for you.

Then, last week they put a shortcut on my desktop.

LET ME BE


While I’m all for new technology, forced updates aren’t fun.

No one likes to be forced to use a product.

Let alone one that’s hard to understand and use.

So yeah…

Microsoft.

Are you listening???

Ease up on the Microsoft Teams.

Yes, it’s a good idea for an app.

But don’t frickin’ force everyone to use it.

I don’t use it.

At least not yet.

I’m still not sure how to use it.

Believe me, I’ve tried.

I don’t need a bloated chat tool.

So until I find a decent use-case for my business Microsoft Teams will remain sidelined.

So please stop turning it on for everyone.

We’ll turn it on when we’re ready.