How to roll out Microsoft Teams

Start here

Whether you're a small business or a multi-national, the place to start for rolling out Teams is Get started. It walks you through a small-scale Teams rollout, which may be all you need if you're a small business, or if you're rolling out Teams quickly as your first Microsoft 365 or Office 365 workload to support remote workers. If you're a larger organization, use Get started to pilot Teams with a small group of early adopters so you can learn about Teams and start planning your org-wide deployment.

We recommend rolling out Teams in stages, workload by workload, as your organization is ready. You don't have to wait until you've completed one step before you move to the next. Some orgs may want to roll out all Teams features at once, while others may prefer a phased approach. Here are the Teams workloads, in the order we recommend rolling them out:

Adoption hub: Throughout your Teams rollout, be sure to take advantage of these resources to help drive Teams adoption.

Diagram illustrating Teams deployment pathways

If you're starting from Skype for Business, on-premises, or hybrid deployments

If you're coming to Teams from Skype for Business (online or on premises), or if you need a hybrid configuration, you still want to follow the recommended path above for rolling out Teams, but first you need to do some extra planning. Start by reviewing the guidance in the table below that applies to your organization's profile.

Your organization's profile Guidance
Migration arrow symbol I'm currently using Skype for Business Online, and I'm ready to move to Teams. Go to Upgrade to Teams.
Hybrid symbol My organization is running Skype for Business Server, and I want to roll out Teams. For a full-scale Teams rollout, first you need to configure hybrid connectivity between your on-premises environment and Microsoft 365. Start by reading Plan hybrid connectivity between Skype for Business Server and Microsoft 365 or Office 365.

You should also review Upgrade to Teams.
On premises symbol I don't have Skype for Business Server, but I do have an on-premises PSTN solution. I want to roll out Teams, but I want to keep my on-premises PSTN solution. Roll out Teams following the recommended path above.

Then read Plan Direct Routing to learn about using Phone System Direct Routing to hook up your on-premises PSTN solution with Teams.