As rumored, Microsoft is officially going to be replacing Skype for Business with Microsoft Teams. The company today confirmed at its Ignite conference that Skype for Business will be killed in favor of Microsoft Teams. The company is already allowing Office 365 users to upgrade Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams.
If you are worried about some of the Skype for Business features that are missing from Microsoft Teams, don’t fret — yet. Microsoft will soon be introducing an improved set of calling and meeting features for Microsoft Teams which support inbound and outbound calls to PSTN numbers, hold, call transfer and voicemail. The company is also launching audio conferencing support as a preview today. For those still not interested in moving to Microsoft Teams, the company will release Skype for Business Service in the second half of 2018:
In the coming months, we will begin adding calling features in Teams—including inbound and outbound calls to PSTN numbers, hold, call transfer, and voicemail. We are also introducing new enhancements to Teams meetings, including audio conferencing (available in preview today)—enabling participants to join a Teams meeting by dialing a telephone number—and interoperability between Teams and Skype for Business, including universal presence, and messaging and calling interoperability.
It isn’t clear when exactly Microsoft will completely replace Skype for Business with Microsoft Teams, but that probably won’t happen until the upgraded calling features arrive on Teams.