Complete Skype for Business Integration into Teams
Honestly, this is a tall order due to the fact that Teams was not launched this way in the first place, but my real world experience, and feedback from the field, is that having Skype-for-Business-like functions in Teams (chat/Presence/etc) be separate from Skype for Business itself is not only confusing for many users, but inhibits adoption. Users want to consolidate the number of apps they use, not increase it. I personally find this to be true.
Teams is an incredible tool with so much potential, but living and breathing in Skype for Business, like so many of us do, Teams isn't a completely organic feel due to the disparity of chat identities. If I could go into Teams, manage my projects/files/OneNote, engage in Chats, see and join my meetings, engage in Audio/Video calls (I can do all this now), AND THEN also place and receive all my PSTN calls, Teams would be my new permanent application for doing all this, and email would start to fade into the background.
This is the direction I truly hope to see things go. Teams' potential is incredible, but realizing its full potential, in my humble opinion, relies on complete Skype for Business integration.
More good news on this front! This week we shared our official roadmap for convergence: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Microsoft-Teams-Blog/Roadmap-for-Skype-for-Business-capabilities-coming-to-Microsoft/ba-p/119636
And here’s the PPT deck of the roadmap in case the GIFY makes you dizzy:
Tweet me at @skprufo if you have any questions and I’ll see what I can dig up for you.
Juan Rios commented
Team Channel should be a Chat group at Skype (that way you can follow Team coms in both worlds)
Chris Owens commented
Absolutely. Add the meetings tab and then have the ability to integrate into the Skype mobile app to kick off a meeting. That would be great.
Jim-Barry Behar commented
Allow use of Skype for Business PSTN Conferencing inbound calling and call recording within Teams
Arden Shackelford commented
I've commented before about this but I wanted to come back and reiterate that getting this integrated will greatly assist in user adoption across businesses.
This should be put on a very high priority. It isn't fun to support both products with so much overlap, and neither work awesomely. Different teams only use Skype...Others only use Teams. Please completely integrate to avoid all the fuss and confusion. Then polish the heck out of it, and iron out all the major bugs.
When I create a calendar event I have the option to add a Skype Meeting. I would like an option to add a MS Team meeting.
I completely agree and if this doesn't happen your just going to breed more confusion and seriously damage the credibility and reliability of this app and users are just going to move on to other solutions like Slack and simply not care. Get this together sooner rather than later otherwise its going to fall on its face.
Bernd Friedmann commented
The functionality is there. Just initiate a call through teams and it will give you a share menu on the bottom. works for video and just audio too.
Jorge Braga commented
Skype For Business is a very useful tool. For me it is a glorified phone with vídeo, whiteboard and other features.
One of the main features for me is it that allows recording of the meeting (planned for teams as well).
But sometimes you just want to call someone (not in a team) in a enhanced meeting. S4B is great for that. You should integrate Teams and S4B.
This concept has promise. I've only been playing around with Teams for a couple weeks, but if it had dial in capabilities for meetings I could look at this being rolled out company wide and replacing some other existing UC tools and saving money.
My top requests for Skype for Business being integrated more thoroughly with Teams are:
1. Contact List + Grouping features
2. Conversation History saved into the same folder in Outlook
3. Add Present option to the bottom of personal chat conversations, as it appears in Skype for Business
Yes please! This is the main thing keeping us tied to Skype for Business and preventing the full leap to Teams. We'd love to consolidate our apps instead of just specialize them.
Get the top 10 requested changes done and get rid of Skype for Biz altogether. How about that?
Connor Slack commented
I prefer having them separate. I find the Teams UI and functionality to be much better & easier to use than the interface for skype & our users feel similarly. We've actively avoided using skype for team chat thus far because it's so messy.
How I break this down is:
If you want a more video-conferencing centric chat application, use skype
If you want an O365 integrated and managed alternative to Slack or Hipchat, use Teams.
Please do not merge the two.
Shawn Keene commented
If someone else in my company tries to send me an IM using Skype for Business, it shows me as offline. But I am online in TEAMS. Why can't they reach me using Skype business? I have the "Chat with Skype Business" option turned on in TEAMS.
Joseph Thornley commented
When should I turn first to Skype for Business? When should I use Teams? The overlap between the functionality is confusing and causes my team members to use both less than they would if they were better integrated.
Same for Outlook and Outlook groups, one app for collaboration, why having different apps, it's a confusion not a différenciation, at the end the user will decide whether to use the extra feature or not.
On the desktop app, I'm able to message users who are on Skype for Business but not Teams. It would be great to have this functionality for the Teams mobile app, too.
Basically if someone is speaking to me from Skype for Business and tries to invite me to a group chat in Skype for Business that should work without issue. I shouldn't have to close MS Teams and reopen Skype for Business just for this use case.
Matthew Holt commented
If this comes in phases, presence in teams would be at the top of my list.