Good news. The feature, Unified Presence (aka same presence as Skype for business) is rolling out.
The feature update has started rolling out to customers.
PLEASE NOTE: Not everyone will receive the update at the same time.
You can read more about the March releases on the Teams Blog – https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Microsoft-Teams-Blog/What-s-new-in-Microsoft-Teams-April-update/ba-p/179801
Thank you very much for all your feedback.
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Julian Knight commented
Thanks for the update Warren. Will it (or is it) possible to switch the default app for Skype for Business links?
Currently, our users create meetings with SfB links in them but this always fires up SfB client of course meaning that the link can't be used in Teams.
Thanks for the update! Looking forward to being able to use Teams full-time.
Sergio Nesbitt commented
Also need to have the ability to use Teams only and the presence icons show in Outlook without having Skype for Business open.
Jesse C commented
Does this mean Teams presence will show up in Outlook 2016?
Travis Terrell commented
Will this fix the problem where Teams switches users' status to Away as soon as window focus is lost? That is a showstopper and keeping my business of 2,000 from switching from Skype for Business to Teams.
You are putting all this work into a feature that customers do not care about. As many others have stated in this thread, the issue here is that the status flips to Away even when users are active in other applications on the computer. This is the problem worth solving. Even a simple workaround like being able to set the amount of time before flipping to Away would help, but I don't mean to further confuse the request.
John Wilder commented
I agree with Andreas (below) - Unified Presence shows as launched but it's not operating for me. I also don't see it mentioned in either the Jan 10 or Jan 17 release notes (https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Release-notes-for-Microsoft-Teams-d7092a6d-c896-424c-b362-a472d5f105de?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US)
Is there any place to see which version it launched in?
Tom Reyes commented
Totally needed. If Teams becomes the default collaboration tool, then it needs to absorb the essential Outlook features
Justyn Davidson commented
"Unified Presence" between the two clients is not the genesis of this issue. Making Teams presence work the same as S4B is the issue. My team does not have Skype, nor will they ever have it, but we do have Teams. Zero value in making the two clients work together if Teams will not work correctly on its own. I think the MS business analysts are lost on this issue and the critical importance it has. We have been on Teams since the summer but can't use it to accurately identify if a teammate is online. Sad.
The application isn't worth its weight in bytes if the basic elements of communication and collaboration are broken. You're really missing the mark.
The following is now under launched in the roadmap but clearly this is not completed yet as my S4B and Teams clients do not have the same status at all:
Microsoft Teams - Unified Presence
This is one of the SfB messaging capabilities coming to Teams that supports unified presence between Teams and Skype for Business.
Jon DeGroot commented
Agree with everyone below. Teams needs to show me available based on my activity on the computer not within Teams. I'm not interested if a user recently messaged someone in teams. I'm interested if they are at their computer and will respond.
Exactly. "Unified presence" isn't really what this issue is about. It's about making Teams presence actually useful/helpful in the real world. If I'm working at my computer, my presence should be set to Available unless I change it... just like SfB. Make presence work well. That's it. That's what we've been asking for for almost 1 year now.
This would help sooooo much
I agree. There has been multiple times I have been on PTO and since most people use chat based communications in my environment they dont even email.
If integration between Outlook cannot be done (which wouldnt make sense if it couldnt be done). At least add an option in teams to put PTO next to your name or some sort of presence option.
The main issue isn't being addressed. Teams needs to auto-update the presence based upon whether you are active on the computer, just like SFB did. If someone hasn't moved their mouse in 10 minutes it should go to idle status etc.
Jason Crabtree commented
I'm going to pile on with the recent comments since the last admin response has me scared that the core issue isn't being addressed. The main app-breaking issue is that the status should reflect if the user is active on the machine, not in the app.
This is HIGH PRIORITY for our company and if it takes too long to implement, we will need to change IM software.
When someone sends you a message to SfB client, can it be automatically forwarded into Teams too? - Save having to clients running on your Desktop/Mobile Device
DI MARIO Nadine commented
Hello, great news. Could you please confirm when this will be implemented ? We are Nov 29 and unfortunately no link between status in SfB and Teams. Thanks for your help.
skype for business shows wrong logout days when it is only 24hrs. (it show offline for 52days , 95 days once logout for the day.)
This bug has to be corrected.