Microsoft Teams now ready to replace Skype for Business, Microsoft says
The year-long process of bringing Teams up to feature parity with Skype for Business is now complete.
Late last year (opens in new tab), Microsoft revealed that it planned to make Microsoft Teams its primary communications platform for businesses, supplanting Skype for Business over time. However, before that could be done, Microsoft had to make sure Teams was up to snuff with all of the existing features that Skype for Business users take advantage of.
Today, the company announced that process is complete (opens in new tab), and Teams is ready for business, so to speak.
Microsoft brought attention to a number of new features that it has brought to Teams in recent weeks, including unified presence, cloud-based meeting recording, direct routing, and many more. "Today, more than 200,000 organizations are using Teams, including nearly 70% of enterprise customers who use Skype for Business Online. We encourage your organization to join them and move to Teams today," Microsoft says.
For the time being, companies won't be forced from Skype for Business to Teams, but Microsoft is encouraging teams to make the move now. To ease the transition, the company has release self-serve guidance (opens in new tab) for upgrading to Teams, along with upgrade tools (opens in new tab) in the Microsoft Teams & Skype for Business Admin Center, which are expected to be rolled out to all Office 365 customers over the coming weeks and months. Further, Microsoft says it will offer automated upgrades to Teams for organizations that don't have the IT resources available to manage things themselves.
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That will take a bit more upgrading from MS and they have incentive to drag their feet on it because they want to force their Enterprise customers into Office365 subscriptions and away from Full Office 2016 and Exchange and Lync/Skpye for Business systems on-Premise.
MS seems to do the same as other messaging services, just add more and more on to it and make it worse than it was.
With Skype I just want to use it to speak to people, maybe send the odd file and that is it. Skype for consumers will be around for as long as people keep using it, but that is getting less as people change to other services.