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.
This topic will be closed out as completed since the vast majority of the S4B convergence has already released to the public.
If you have any specific requests, please open a new topic or vote for an existing topic that more specifically targets your wish.
The team is aware of the issue of using Teams will force you from using S4B.
I’ve opened a topic specifically for that based on the feedback below – vote for support of this request at https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/555103/suggestions/35124451
As for notification issues and being able to view multiple conversations, there are topics for allowing different types of notifications – http://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/555103/suggestions/16925461 and a topic for multi-window for chats and more – https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/555103/suggestions/16926739
The ability to send audio or video messages can be voted for at – https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/555103/suggestions/32372014
Thank you for all the feedback and suggestions.
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Paul Youngberg commented
We did it! Horray Team(s)!
Andy Saleen commented
Thanks Suphatra, Josh Blalock, and the MS Teams' "team!" This is really exciting!
Randy Chapman commented
I would love to be able to use Teams as an interface for Skype for Business Server (on-premises) when in a hybrid setup.
Skype for Business was an embarrassment to the Skype Trademark
not sure this will happen since Skype for business is dead ;) https://www.petri.com/goodbye-skype-business-hello-teams
Martin Newell commented
It either needs to completely replace skype for business or be completely separate, as it is having both running just makes them both unusable.
Joe C commented
I signed up for user testing and this is a feature I would be ecstatic to be involved with. Our organization moved to Skype from multiple messaging services and have now been introducing Teams and from a lot of non-technical users they are still very confused as to why we have both tools active. Having the full Skype integration in Teams would make things much more straight forward for our organization.
Completely agree! This is a game changer for teams. It takes the product from yet another offering to be the center of my MS world. I was skeptical at first about Teams but with this feature it would really pull together a compelling suite of offerings.
Chris Tolmie commented
I have Teams; Yammer and Skype for Business apps running on my laptop. Oh, and OneDrive for all my stuff; Edge to access SharePoint and One Note for all my notes. I am confused as to how to organise myself. And then there is Delve . . They are all good, but why make them separate? I have files pinned on Yammer, but they are held separately from files in SherePoint. I can video on Skype or Teams, but not make calls from Teams . .
please let us make and receive PSTN calls
I highly recommend they take this very seriously, because it's really unfortunate for people's first experiences with this product to be frustrating and glitchy. I don't know why Microsoft didn't think ahead about how this would impact the user.
Cairo Cavalcante commented
This needs implementation, would revolutionize Teams!
Havenn Murray commented
Is there any update on this? This should 100% without a doubt at least be in planned phase.
Under Review for 4 months. Update?
Need status updates based on calendar
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.