Microsoft releases roadmap for ‘Skype for Business’ capabilities coming to ‘Microsoft Teams’

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Microsoft, at its Ignite event last month, had revealed a new vision for intelligent communications, which involved Microsoft Teams taking the center stage in Office 365. Microsoft has finally released the roadmap to make it the primary tool for collaboration and communication in Office 365 with integrated Skype for Business capabilities. The roadmap will help users plan their onboarding to Microsoft Teams.

Microsoft had launched Skype for Business in April 2015 which replaced Lync, and now Microsoft Teams which was launched in March this year is likely to replace Skype for Business.

Below are the Skype for Business features that will be available on Microsoft Teams.


Teams already offers persistent, private and group chat capabilities. Microsoft expects to add new features like screen sharing during chat and federation between companies, by end of Q2 2018.


The existing meeting features in Teams are screen sharing, meeting chats captured in channel after meeting, and preview of audio conferencing. Microsoft plans to add meeting room support with Skype Room Systems, and cloud video interoperability capabilities. Users will be able to record and store a meeting in Teams, and can search the meeting for key terms.


Microsoft is expecting to add existing telco voice line for activation of calling services in Office 365 by end of Q2 2018.

Also read: New Cloud Service Map from Microsoft compares all services of Azure and AWS

Microsoft has simplified the naming of its premium communication offerings, with ‘PSTN Conferencing’ now called ‘Audio Conferencing’, ‘Cloud PBX’ now called ‘Phone System’, and ‘PSTN Calling’ now called ‘Calling Plan’.

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