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Microsoft Teams & Skype for Business Roadmap

Only a few weeks have passed since Microsoft unveiled its new plans during the Microsoft Ignite in Orlando to integrate Skype for Business into Microsoft Teams. With this, Microsoft is paving the way to transition from Unified Communications to Intelligent Communications (IC) by making Microsoft Teams THE “hub for teamwork” within Office 365 and the core communications client for Office 365 customers. According to Microsoft, this facet of the modern workplace is being built on a new, modern Skype infrastructure for enterprise-grade voice and video communications.

Microsoft Announces Roadmap for Skype for Business Capabilities Coming to Microsoft Teams

Following their first announcement, Microsoft recently released the official roadmap with more detail about the new Teams capabilities in Office 365 that will be replacing the current Skype for Business over time. A specific breakdown of the coming messaging, meeting and calling capabilities can be found here in the "Capabilities Roadmap", provided by Microsoft.

Improvements for Messaging, Meetings & Calling by Q2-2018

Microsoft has placed a great emphasis on allowing enterprises to carefully plan their transition to Teams and be able to decide in due time how best to proceed. For this reason, it will be possible to run Teams and Skype for Business concurrently. But what new capabilities can customers really expect from new Teams hub? Let`s take a look at the details!

Messaging – To date, Teams already offers rich instant messaging capabilities (e.g. persistent chat, 1:1 chats and group conversations). We expect to see additional messaging capabilities (incl. screen sharing during chat and federation between companies) to be added by the end of Q2-2018.

Meetings – A variety of collaborative meeting capabilities are already available in Teams (e.g. screen sharing, meeting chats shared in the channel afterwards, preview of audio conferencing). New features, such as meeting room support with Skype Room Systems will be added by Q2-2018 as well. Also, cloud video interoperability capabilities will enable third party meeting room devices to easily connect to Teams meetings.

Calling – Before the end of this year, Microsoft plans to deliver voicemail for Teams. By the end of Q2-2018, customers will be able to use their existing enterprise voice line to activate calling services in Office 365. By bringing Skype for Business to Teams, 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.

The product roadmap for Microsoft Teams was released via the Microsoft Technical Community (original blog post here). A link to the roadmap can be found here and reflects Microsoft's current expectations about Skype for Business capabilities coming to Teams. Note that dates and individual features may change and should not be relied upon in making purchasing decisions.

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