Microsoft lays out the roadmap for integrating Skype for Business into Teams

Arif Bacchus

Skype for Business being used

As reported at Ignite 2017, Microsoft is making Microsoft Teams the core communication client in Office 365. Today, the company shared a bit more about this plan, specifically laying out a roadmap for integrating Skype for Business into Teams.

To begin, Microsoft is expecting to “deliver additional messaging capabilities in Teams by the end of Q2-2018.” These features include screen sharing during chat sessions and federation between companies.

Next up, Microsoft is planning to deliver additional meeting capabilities in Microsoft Teams by the end of Q2-2018. Planned meeting capabilities include meeting room support with Skype Room Systems, and cloud video interoperability capabilities.

Finally, are some enhanced calling capabilities. From voicemail for Teams and intelligent communications, there is plenty on the roadmap. You can see some of these features below:

  • Later this quarter, we plan to ship voicemail for Teams. By the end of Q2-2018, we will enable you to use your existing telco voice line to activate calling services in Office 365.
  • Beyond bringing existing Skype for Business core capabilities to Teams, we are excited about new intelligent communications coming to Teams. As shown at the Ignite Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business General Session, customers will be able to record a meeting and store it in Teams, have transcription added, and be able to search the meeting for key terms. These features will begin rolling out at the end of Q2-2018.
  • As part of our vision for intelligent communications, we are also taking the opportunity to simplify the naming of our premium communication offerings. PSTN Conferencing will now be known as “Audio Conferencing;” Cloud PBX will now be known as “Phone System;” and PSTN Calling will now be known as “Calling Plan.” We want these names to be more intuitive to both IT and end users as we further integrate communications with collaboration.

More information is available by checking this website. IT professionals can also download the roadmap by clicking here, as it is encouraged for all Microsoft customers to using Teams today.