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Microsoft Teams gets Skype for Business interoperability with April update

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In September, Microsoft announced that it was beginning the process of transitioning Skype for Business users to Microsoft Teams. Since then, the company has made strides in enhancing Teams for incoming Skype for Business users, and it's expanding the experience even further with Teams' latest update.

In a post going over the April update (opens in new tab) for Teams, Microsoft revealed that the service is now interoperable with Skype for Business. "As companies upgrade from Skype for Business to Teams, we expect users in some companies to use both apps at the same time," Microsoft says. "To ensure continued productivity, we've added the ability for Teams users to communicate with other users who are using Skype for Business (both online or on-prem)."

Additionally, Skype for Business contacts are now in the process of being imported to Teams, and they'll show up under your contact list. Presence states will also now be synced between services so people will be able to see whether your available or not no matter which service they're using.

Teams is also picking up some smaller additions this month. Three new languages – including Indonesian, Romanian, and Vietnamese – are now supported, and you can now create up to 200 channels per team. Out of office messages can also now be set while you're traveling or on vacation, and guest access and account switching are now available in the iOS and Android apps.

For administrators, Microsoft has rolled out a new Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business admin center. And as announced last week (opens in new tab), retention policies are now available for Teams via the Office 365 security and compliance center.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the Editor in Chief for Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl. Got a hot tip? Send it to daniel.thorp-lancaster@futurenet.com.

13 Comments
  • Great news. I've left both apps running all the time since everybody else still uses S4B but I'm hoping to convince them toward Teams.
  • Given the grievances we've been having with Skype for Business, I look forward to fully replacing it with Teams.
  • Teams is much better and I look forward to converting more colleagues.
  • we just got skype for business at our company. good luck switching them to teams.
  • GroupMe dammit..... Also people hub support??????????????
  • GroupMe dammit..... Also people hub support??????????????
  • GroupMe dammit..... Also people hub support??????????????
  • GroupMe dammit..... Also people hub support??????????????
  • GroupMe dammit..... Also people hub support??????????????
  • GroupMe dammit..... Also people hub support??????????????
  • GroupMe dammit..... Also people hub support??????????????
  • GroupMe dammit..... Also people hub support??????????????
  • Whatabout Teams on premises? Whatabout QoS monitor for Teams? Whatabout bad S4B integration with Skype, and now another Teams? Whatabout... Ou, no, f*ck that.