Last month, Microsoft announced that they are going to replace Skype for Business with Microsoft Teams as their default communication solution for the enterprise. At that time they just announced that several Skype for Business features including inbound and outbound calls to PSTN numbers, hold, call transfer, and voicemail will be coming to Microsoft Teams. To make the transition easier for its enterprise customers, Microsoft today provided a roadmap for Skype for Business features coming to Microsoft Teams. Find the timeline for major features below.
- Messaging – Teams offers rich instant messaging capabilities today, with persistent chat, as well as private 1:1 and group chat. We expect to deliver additional messaging capabilities in Teams by the end of Q2-2018. Features will include screen sharing during chat and federation between companies.
- Meetings – Teams offers collaborative meetings capabilities today, including screen sharing, meeting chats captured in the channel after the meeting, and the preview of audio conferencing. We expect to deliver additional meeting capabilities in Microsoft Teams by the end of Q2-2018. These features include meeting room support with Skype Room Systems, and cloud video interoperability capabilities that allow third party meeting room devices to connect to Teams meetings.
- Calling – Today, Teams offers many calling capabilities. 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.
In addition bringing the above Skype for Business features to Teams, Microsoft is also working on some new experiences for Teams. Users 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 be available by the end of Q2-2018.
You can check out the list of upcoming features on the Office 365 Public Roadmap.