Transition from Slack to Microsoft Teams

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In the previous blog How Microsoft Teams overtook Slack in one year, we talked about the numbers that witness the official overtaking of Microsoft Teams on Slack. This new trend of using Microsoft Teams instead of Slack seems to involve many companies around the world. But this fact also brings some questions to us. What happens if an organization that used Slack wants now to follow the new trend and migrate to Microsoft Teams? That’s why this blog is focused on what you can expect from migrating from Slack to Microsoft Teams.

Why should you consider migrating from Slack?

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  • The first point is that if you are using Office 365 package in your organization, there is no need to pay double or limit your work by using Slack. Indeed, you may already know that Microsoft Teams is completely free in all its functionalities. So, if you already have Microsoft Teams, why don’t you just start using it, instead of relying on some other external apps? Microsoft Teams has similar features that Slack offers and even more for your collaborative digital environment! 
  • Microsoft Teams files are stored in related SharePoint and One Drive sites. This means only one repository: better search and document versioning (no more duplicates!).
  • Unified user experience using Microsoft Teams in the Office 365 ecosystem. Moreover, Teams provides a deeper document management experience (think about the support for document versioning and co-authoring).
  • Your information in Teams is protected by the best Microsoft services (thanks to the Azure Information Protection and Office 365 Data Loss Prevention). You can even trace and analyze in complete details activities or content.
  • Microsoft Teams is available in a larger number of languages and it offers also Inline translation. This makes it perfect for international companies with global operations.

Migration experience from Slack to Microsoft Teams

The migration from Slack to Microsoft Teams regards three topics in particular: private and open channels, chats and files. Even though the “machine” works in the same way, following the same basic principles, some small things are different.

  • Channels and Teams: In Slack, you used channels to have conversations with other members. Public channels were open to the entire team, while private channels allow a group of teammates to discuss and share information privately. You used direct messages to send a message to a team member directly. In Microsoft Teams the conversation part works the same way. You will have teams (Slack’s channels), a group of members with different channels (subgroups). In public teams, anyone from the organization can join the group.  There are also private teams in which only the team owners can invite another team member. Microsoft Teams has the same functionality of Slack for private and secure messages (the direct messaging option of Slack), to send to the team member directly. This 1:1 functionality is called Chat.
  • Files: Slack supports drag, drop and share files and Microsoft Teams as well. During migration, all files will be uploaded to the SharePoint document library with authorship information. Slack only supports OneDrive from the Microsoft suite (even though Slack supports all the Google Drive features), while in Teams you have all kinds of integrations with the other Microsoft apps. 
  • Apps: Both Slack and Teams have the API integrations. The only difference is that Slack does not provide any facility to use Microsoft Apps.

By clicking on the picture below, you will get an overview of what will change visually for you, using Microsoft Teams instead of Slack. 

Now, the main question stays: “How do I migrate all my files from Slack to Microsoft Teams?” 

Well, this is quite a complex question. First of all, a migration from Slack to Teams is not an easy thing to do. The best option we can advise you to consider is to rely on third-party software that will take care of the migration. In general, the process is not easy. First of all, you need to re-create your existing Slack channel structures in Microsoft Teams or alternatively, create complete new teams and channels in Teams. After that, all your Slack messages will be archived into HTML files and stored in Teams. Finally,  you need to copy Slack file attachments into Teams. All these tasks should be managed by experts if you want to migrate in a safe way.

Leaving apart the very technical side of a Slack migration to Microsoft Teams, the main aim of this blog is to focus the attention on the WHY, the motivation and the reasons why you should migrate to Microsoft Teams. The main advice is that, if you are using Office 365 within your organization, there is no point in relying on external tools, when you have everything you need already (and you are already paying for it). Use your strategic digital platform to facilitate the most important aspect: team collaboration and knowledge sharing. The best strategy is always to have your users live and breath in your strategic platform, like Office 365. 

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