Please check “Teams/Skype Consumer chat and calling interop” on the public roadmap at microsoft.com/microsoft-365/roadmap?filters.. for updates.
@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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
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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
They had better add consumer Skype federation and better external party (SfB/teams) federation if they want to get people off of SfB. (another topic altogether but they also need a simple/streamlined IM/AV Teams client version as well as going from SfB client too Teams client is way to complicated bloated/complicated for users needed simple IM/AV capabilities)
I do hope that the feature team will reconsider this! How are we supposed to migrate from Skype for Business to Teams when we loose a major feature like this? Not all business/people have Skype for Business (or Office 365/Teams) but many that don't still have consumer Skype accounts. Not gaining Skype (consumer) federation means losing contact with those business contacts (or having to resort to us using Skype for Business/Teams AND a consumer Skype account to communicate.
As stated by the original poster, having Chat as a separate area in the Teams client is not productive for certain use cases. It can be a step backwards from the separate (and simple) Skype for Business interface.
I too understand Microsoft wanting to bring everything under one interface and am not advocating that Microsoft does a way with the current all-encompassing Teams apps. Sometimes you need a separate interface, or at least the ability to bring it out into a separate interface. I'd love to see MS do this and using Teams client for IM/Audio-Video chat makes me want to go back to Skype for Business or some other application every time I use it.
I also created a separate UserVoice request that is similar to this request but might go a step further than what your request is asking for. https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/555103-public/suggestions/38860165-streamlined-im-audio-video-chat-interface
We know many of you are waiting for a Teams client for Linux, and we’re pleased to confirm we’re actively working on it. Stay tuned for more information.
This would be great! Another use-case is in a classroom setting. A teacher can queue up one or more messages to be sent to their class ahead of time.
This is in internal testing. I don’t have exact timing for you, but wanted to let you know it is coming!
Due to a priority shift this request has slipped to the backlog. I hate to bring bad news. I will continue to provide the feature team your feedback and votes.
Hopefully this will move back up in the queue soon.
We know you are patiently waiting for this feature. This feature is being implemented in stages. Fast tenant switching is currently in testing both internally and with early customers. We expect to release to the public in the Fall. I’ll post an update once it’s rolling out.
Full multi-tenant, multi-user support will be added after fast tenant switching.
We acknowledge the customer demand for Private Channels and have been hard at work on it. Private Channels is currently in preview with a select group of customers. We expect to release the feature to the public later this Fall, and will update here when we are starting to roll out to all customers. We appreciate all the feedback you have provided to us on this forum and thank you for your patience.
Item 1 and 2 are Under Review.
Item 3 has been Completed.
I’ll keep you posted as I hear more on this request.
This request has been reviewed and declined by the feature team.
You can continue to up vote this topic as well as leave comments. Depending on the ongoing feedback, there is always a chance a topic will be revisited based on user demand.
Would be great in our school. Some examples:
- A top-level group of students > building/school level group > Class Of 20xx groups
- A top-level group for employees > building/school level > teacher/other groupings groups > etc
I can do this with security groups and distribution lists and it hinders being able to migrate some of these over to Groups.
This work is officially in the plans now. We will update as we have more information for you.
Thanks for following our suggestion to vote this up on SharePoint. It worked! SharePoint has confirmed that they have already started working on this and I’ll be getting an ETA from them after the holidays. -Suphatra
I’m excited to share that I got to use this in our experimental settings the other day. We’ve built it and are testing it internally. I’ll let you know once it moves up in the validation rings!
Clippy is flattered by all the attention but plans to continue his retirement.
This is still being worked upon. I hope to have more details in the next couple months.
Please know the team is actively working on this feature.
Due to prioritization of other work-items this has been moved to the backlog. We will update when it is being actively worked on again.
Thank you so much for your support of the product. This request was particularly helpful and we appreciate your engagement in the surveys, comments and forum to help us design this feature. Please continue to submit ideas!
For this item, we’re making great progress. It has now entered TAP validation with a small group of tenants. Will let you know how that goes!
This request is still queued within our backlog. No new details yet.