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.
If Im not wrong, you can enable your skype for business as a public one, so people from the normal Skype can chat with you. This could also be the reason why this is declined, as if they add skype for business, skype contacts (after enabling in company setting) are enabled too
Why was this declined? We want to reduce the number of collaboration and communications tools. Right now we use Skype for B, Skype, Slack and recently Teams. Teams seemed to be the perfect solution but without possibility to chat with Skype contacts the switch becomes hard to sell to our organisation .
I agree with the others here this seems like it could be a very valuable feature in the same vein as the most upvoted idea of all (external contacts).
So it should not be dismissed out of hand. One would think that as Skype now has a web client this could serve to bridge the gap between the two platforms, simplifying integration.
Chad Ellington commented
Why was this declined? Anything that is declined should require a reason be posted.
Why was this declined? I dont feel such a feature from people and companies who pay for it should be denied especially when we are the ones who use it everyday.
I get the purpose of not letting regular skype users not being able to use Teams, however, since Teams is a paid subscription, I think we should be able to import our regular skype contact list, and be able to chat with whomever from Teams. Seems kinda blah to have to switch back and forth between the 2 platforms.
Joshua Go commented
Most of the DEVs / Tech use the Teams, but we have a lot of users outside of technology that use only Skype. If Teams can video chat with Skype users, that would be fantastic as it would then require me to have less apps (i.e. Only Teams installed would be preferred)
Came here to suggest this. It would allow us to cut down to a single tool: Teams. Right now Skype functions as my "desk phone" and I have to keep it around for that. But if i could leverage that through Teams, well, it would be incredible.