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.
I’m sure you’ve heard the news by now: Teams and Skype for Business will converge into one. Here’s the official blog post: https://blogs.office.com/en-us/2017/09/25/a-new-vision-for-intelligent-communications-in-office-365/
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Please have the option to create Contact groups similar to Skype with some of the same features when you right click on the Group Name
Jason Mayde commented
It would be great to have the full suite of Skype emojis in MS Teams. As our users transition to Teams, it's a great way to keep things familiar.
The only reason I have SFB open is to make and receive PSTN calls, If you integrate that I am good to go with using Teams for everything.
Joseph Fountain commented
they should just unify the two threads, they could still mark them inside to show some were skype and some were teams, but really the users don't care and shouldn't need to be bothered with that info
Joseph Fountain commented
I agree, we don't need more apps at work, we need less and more streamlined apps, teams seems so close to right, but for now skype just has more functionality, particularly screen sharing without voice/video, screen control and conversation history in outlook (makes it searchable). Skype is also smaller so if you are chatting it doesn't take up your whole screen where teams seems to be an app you work in exclusively
Could we add all the Skype function into Team, so I don't need to open 2 applications at same time? I do like Team more.
Skype has it's advantage like easy to find people to chat, and desktop sharing, etc. I hope you can combine them into one app.
With time spent and the launch here our users are getting the Skype-like features. I'm pleasantly surprised to find technology averse dept and location managers using voice, video and screen sharing with Teams.
Justin Mason commented
I have used Skype for business for a few years now, and share screens back and forth all day long. being able to share screen outside of a meeting like skype for business is very important to me.
please add this option.
I'm concerned that this will be confusing regardless of the implementation. Notification sync'ing between the two has potential, but conversation history? S4B has no concept of a channel, so what channel in Teams is the S4B history going to sync with? A private Teams chat with all members of the S4B chat? And visa-versa?
Too many apps with overlap now...maybe S4B should be retired. :-)
Arden Shackelford commented
I agree with most of the comments here. User Adoption is slowed because of multiple apps for different things! I love Teams and want to use it heavily. Please look very closely at this and do what you can to integrate the two. Don't make "just another cool thing".
Thomas S commented
Sync of conversation history and notifications between S4B and Teams are essential! But let Users decide which tool they will use.... not all people need that big Teams UI/Functions.
I'm going to second Andy Mercer.
Agreed, but not above "Chat". It should replace "Chat". Look at how Facebook Messenger web app does it. There is just one list of people. Default sort is by Recent. Then throw in the ability to sort other ways, and the ability to toggle on and off the people you've never chatted with
Andy Mercer commented
Agreed, but not above "Chat". It should replace "Chat". Look at how Facebook Messenger web app does it. There is just one list of people. Default sort is by Recent. Then throw in the ability to sort other ways, and the ability to toggle on and off the people you've never chatted with.
Joey Bowles commented
Any new development in Teams Meetings / communication, needs a Skype Biz counterpart. This will be very confusing for users if they can only do certain items in certain locations. This is one of the huge reasons Yammer hasn't taken off at my company. The yammer presence is different than SfB. The Yammer chat is separate form the SfB chat. I know Yammer was an acquisition, but Teams is built form the ground up.
Yes Please. The faster you do the faster we can start making it happen in large scale internally. It is a hazzle to let user understand the differens between the two types of skype, or even 3 if the count also goes together with the Skype consumer.
So yes please.
This is a great idea. I'd like to be able to add a distribution list to the chat section so I can dynamically add new users and remove old ones from active directory.
Micah Rairdon commented
I've been explaining Teams as "Finally Microsoft's myriad of tools in one user friendly user interface." Making the Skype integration full would be one of the last pieces of the puzzle on this.
Josh Blalock commented
Great news, Suphatra! I will definitely sign up and offer any feedback and help that I can!
I agree with Jamie O365 is beginning to get very complicated with multiple methods for doing the same function. Training is tough
Jamie Thomson commented
I want to respectfully disagree with Eric who said: "There are many times when people will want Skype and not Teams and vice versa. Nothing wrong with options."
My opinon is ... there *is* something wrong with having options. In fact this is the achilles heel of O365 today, there are too many ways of doing the same thing. Erik says "There are many times when people will want Skype and not Teams and vice versa", but doesn't offer any such example.
Consolidation is what users want in my experience.