It’s finally happening: after announcing Skype for Business will get replaced by Microsoft Teams nearly a year ago, Microsoft is delivering on its promise today. Redmond announced that the company has completed its roadmap for bringing Skype for Business features into Teams.
Companies that still use Skype for Business will be eventually moved to Microsoft Teams, but your company can move to Microsoft Teams right away. It’s not clear when exactly Microsoft will require Skype for Business users to completely move to Teams, though it is letting companies use both Teams and Skype side by side for now, so that’s pretty helpful if you still aren’t quite satisfied with the Teams experience. Microsoft has delivered a bunch of different features for Teams to reach feature parity with Skype for Business over the past few months, and you can find the full roadmap for the transition here.
Most notably, though, the company has added a ton of calling-related features, including support for Skype Room Systems, cloud-based meeting recording, forwarding calls to groups, etc. Additionally, there’s been multiple improvements to the chat experience itself, including support for unified presence, federated chat, and in-line translation support.
Microsoft Teams already has more than 200,000 organizations, and a lot more organizations should now be moving to the service now that it has feature parity with Skype for Business. Teams has picked up a lot of momentum recently, mainly thanks to the new free version of the service as well as a bunch of new intelligent features. It is yet to overtake Slack when it comes to the “cool” factor, though — and for enterprise customers, that probably is not too big of a deal.