Skype integration (Consumer Federation)
It would be nice to integrate public Skype (not Skype for Business) into Teams. I am able to chat with Skype for business users within my organization but when working with external clients I still have to go back to public Skype. If I could even just simply chat and call with Skype users as well that would allow me to use Teams as my sole communication platform.
Please check “Teams/Skype Consumer chat and calling interop” on the public roadmap at microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters.. for updates.
IT seems to be Q1 CY2020 again. --> Last Modified: 1/17/2020
Louis Law commented
if Microsoft not able to communicate Skype consumer or Skype for Business, what is the point using Teams to island myself only for internal communication and not able to communicate with my customers all over the world
Joshua Mitchell commented
Delayed again...disappointing. Now it's Q2 2020. C'mon Microsoft, you're killing me!
Ronald van der Meer commented
For those who are complaining and fail to read roadmaps.
Devon Wyatt commented
Please fix this. Skype for Business was so much easier than teams that way. Now here we are and I want to make a video call and have to figure out how to reload the "free" version of skype to not mess anything up. Very frustrating.
Phil Lively commented
This seems as if Microsoft is trying to force people to use Microsoft Teams.
But in the real World it is forcing companies who have adopted teams to dictate to customers how they should use their information technology.
I do not want to tell my clients they have to go use the free version of MS Chat if they want to do business with me.
Michael Wells commented
Its slipping Q2 2020
This is so bad! How am I supposed to keep in touch with our external contacts now.
MS have forced smaller companies to give up Skype for business. This really harms our business!
How can you turn off skype for business before you have a functioning Teams?
We are forced to use external chats, who know maybe we will stick to that when MS is not listening what the users wants!
Norwegian translator commented
The same with me. As a translator I work with agencies across the world, and so far none of my clients use S4B. Litterally all of them use public Skype. If I demand them to switch over to S4B I will loose them. This means I will have to use public Skype, and as the only one in my organization I have absolutely no use of Teams what so ever. Will I be forced to start using Facebook Messenger instead? That would be a shame since I love Teams and all the abilities I have there.
This should be a no brainer. Does Microsoft not want us to use their products to communicate? When I am at home and need to communicate with others at work, this is necessary.
Sergio Verissimo commented
Since the migration to Microsoft Teams, HR department are always complaining with IT department because they can't do interviews with candidates that uses personal skype accounts.
Thank you for skype integration develop.
This is an absolutely REQUIRED feature. We have been using Skype for Business to talk with clients who are using normal Skype, if this ability is stripped from Teams, then this will thrash much of the usefulness of Teams for us.
Manuel Leitner commented
Is there a realease date for the feature?
Our company is looking to get a proper communications setup,
but without this feature Teams is utterly useless.
Tim Moore commented
Oddly I had managed to add external personal Skype users to my Teams account in the past and they're in my contacts list, but on adding any new ones using their skype email ID, it says it can't find them and then offers search externally but clicking on that just dismisses the option and does nothing. I'm the owner/admin of the 365 account, external options enabled and set to Island mode.
I have other SfB contacts in Teams, though I'm still unsure if I can just use Teams without needing SfB. The description says "Chats and calls can land in either client, so users must always run both clients.". I don't want SfB really, just Teams and communicate with everyone.
I'd go Teams Only mode, but...
"Users who are upgraded to Teams Only cannot communicate with users who are using Skype for Consumer."
Alexis Espinosa. commented
How is this topic going?
Jared Pickerell - Troy Public Schools commented
@Alex, so glad to so MS working on this!!!! THANK YOU!!!!!
Not able to federate with Skype consumer was a no-go for moving to Teams and just made NO sense.
BUT, a big potential issue that I see when looking at the M365 roadmap for this. The roadmap item says that it will "Enable Teams and Skype for Consumers users to chat and make VoIP calls to each other". It says nothing about video (HUGE!!!!) or screen sharing (big, but secondary to no video). Is this intentional or is MS starting with chat/VoIP calls and then adding video (and screen sharing) later?
A couple of other questions:
1. Will this consumer federation include group (more than two Teams, Skype (consumer), S4B users) capability?
2. Will you please remember to allow the federation with Skype (consumer) users who's email address is NOT a Microsoft domain. An example of this is a Skype user with the Microsoft Account of email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Microsoft Teams - Teams/Skype Consumer chat and calling interop
Enable Teams and Skype for Consumers users to chat and make VoIP calls to each other
Looking forward to this. Since O365 forced the change to Teams, we are left only able to communicate to internal colleagues, but not our customers who give us business.
This is coming in Q1 2020, finally!
Should we already put a request in to add screen share in 3 years?
Vishal Govind Dewane commented
What is the TAT for this super required feature. From last almost 2 years this is not done. Is a priority not attached to this.