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So long Skype for Business – Welcome Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is one step closer to completely replacing Skype for Business with all SfB call and meeting features already added to it. Quarter 2 in 2018 has seen meeting broadcasts, cloud recording, scheduling Teams meetings in Outlook and other remaining SfB features getting integrated into Teams.

Above Microsoft Mechanics video from Microsoft Teams blog.

From now on, there’s basically no more need to deploy and use Skype for Business, with one exception: Although Teams also allows guests to be invited to Teams meetings, it still does not allow completely anonymous attendance. An email is required for an invitation to be sent and a guest to join a Teams meeting, whereas users can join a Skype meeting simply by downloading a small Skype Meetings web plugin and joining the meeting anonymously as guest. Also the Lync UWP app, still available on Microsoft Store allows an anonymous join to a Skype Meeting. At TenForums.com we are for instance using this option in our frequent TF Live webcasts, allowing members and guests to join completely anonymous without any whatsoever accounts, be it an email or forums user account.

Having said the above about anonymous join still missing from Teams meetings, in every other aspect Microsoft Teams has made Skype for Business obsolete. In our small Win10.guru team we have already completely switched to Teams. It allows us to work together on any documents, sharing any content, video meetings and calls. I am even editing Win10.guru in Teams and in fact at the moment writing this post in Teams:

Win10.guru in Microsoft Teams. Click to open enlarged in a new tab.

All Skype for Business calling, messaging and meeting features can now be found in Microsoft Teams, both teams at Microsoft working on schedule as shown in official roadmaps. Here’s the Microsoft Teams Meetings Roadmap and as you can see, there’s nothing left to be integrated:

Microsoft Teams Meetings Roadmap. Click to open enlarged in a new tab.

See complete roadmaps PDF: Skype for Business to Teams Capabilities Roadmap

Whatever the size of your organization, if you haven’t switched over to Microsoft Teams already, do it now. To help you to introduce Teams on your organization, download the excellent Microsoft Teams Customer Success Kit from Microsoft.


Author: Kari Finn

A former Windows Insider MVP, Kari started in computing in the mid 80’s writing code for VAX / VMS systems. Since then, he’s worked in a variety of IT positions. He specializes in Windows image capture, customization, repair and deployment as well as Hyper-V virtualization. Kari is a proud Team Member at number #1 Windows site TenForums.com.

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