Kaizala and Microsoft Teams

Important

Microsoft Kaizala will retire on August 31, 2023. We recommend moving to Microsoft Teams for continued connection, sharing, and collaboration. After the retirement date, access and support for Kaizala will be discontinued.

In April of 2019, we announced plans to bring Kaizala together with Microsoft Teams. The capabilities of Kaizala complement the robust communication and collaboration capabilities of Teams, the hub for teamwork in Microsoft 365.

Open the door to an entirely new way of doing business with Microsoft Teams. Teams extends the capabilities of Kaizala - bringing together chat, meetings, calling, collaboration, app integration, and file storage into a single interface. Teams helps customers realize more value from their investments and improves the frontline worker’s day-to-day experience.

Teams improves workplace collaboration by helping organizations move from an array of disparate apps to a single, secure hub that brings together what teams need, including chat, meetings, and calling, all with native integration to the Office 365 apps. Currently, organizations worldwide use Teams to collaborate across locations, time zones, and languages.

Microsoft Teams will be replacing Kaizala as the primary communication client in Microsoft 365 for both internal employees and people in your extended networks.

Kaizala Pro capabilities are now available in Teams and include Kaizala actions that are now available as Teams app templates, such as polls, surveys, checklists, quizzes, and training. We've recently released the capability for any Teams users to interact with external users through their phone numbers. View the blog and article to learn more.

Enabling every member of an organization’s network with digital communication and collaboration tools can transform the way work gets done. This overview will help you start your transition from Kaizala to Microsoft Teams today.

Move from Kaizala to Microsoft Teams

This section provides information regarding the migration from Kaizala to Microsoft Teams, for the following entities:

Small and mid-size businesses (SMB) users

SMB users can move from Kaizala to Teams Essentials, a component of Microsoft Teams, by subscribing to Microsoft Teams Essentials.

Teams Essentials is an affordable and professional meeting solution designed with small businesses, such as restaurants, retailers, professional services, in mind. This solution enables communication and collaboration in an easy and reliable way.

Enterprise users

Enterprise users can move from Kaizala to Microsoft Teams for Work by subscribing to Microsoft Teams Built for hybrid work.

Microsoft Teams for Work provides the most productive and secure experience, allowing your teams to work together seamlessly from anywhere and anytime; and to stay in the flow of your work.

Consumers

Consumers can move from Kaizala to the free app, namely Microsoft Teams (free).

Get started with Microsoft Teams (Free), which includes built-in online meetings and audio and video calling, seamless file sharing, and the ability to communicate and collaborate inside and outside your organization.

FAQ

When should my organization move from Kaizala to Teams?

We encourage all Microsoft 365 and Office 365 customers to start using Teams today to take advantage of the rich capabilities that Teams provides. These capabilities include a simple and powerful experience for mobile users in 46 languages and 181 markets. Empower your frontline worker staff with capabilities such as shift management, guest access, and support for custom workflows and apps with Microsoft Flow and PowerApps. For specific Kaizala functionality that isn't yet available in Teams, we'll be posting an updated timeline in the future.

How can I get started with Teams?

Download Teams from the app store, and access training and resources in our help center to get started. You can also join the Teams Tech Community to give feedback, vote on feature requests, and engage with an awesome community.

What can I do to prepare for the transition of Kaizala to Teams?

Start using Teams today for solutions that can empower communication across your organization. Teams isn’t just an upgrade for Kaizala, it’s a powerful tool that opens the door to an entirely new way of doing business. Teams is uniquely positioned for various frontline worker user scenarios, thanks to the introduction of Teams Essentials designed for SMB and the ability to collaborate with external users by entering the phone number or full email address with Teams for personal use.

Will I be able to use Teams to collaborate with customers and partners outside my organization using a phone number?

Yes, with Teams Connect, you can invite any Teams user to chat by entering the full email address or phone number you want to reach and start a one-to-one or group chat with anyone with a Microsoft personal account. No tenant switching is required. A range of controls and tools are provided to the IT admins and Microsoft personal account Teams users, to ensure security. View the support page. For more information, see the blog.

Next Steps

Charting your Kaizala to Teams journey