Video: Microsoft Teams’ tricks should make Slack nervous
At Ignite in September, Microsoft officials pronounced to design a roadmap in early Oct surveying a timeline for migrating Skype for Business users to a Microsoft Teams group-chat service. On Oct. 24, Microsoft supposing a initial few equipment on that roadmap.
A discerning summation of what’s happening: Microsoft skeleton eventually (we don’t know when) to get a Skype for Business users to quit totally over to a Teams service. This won’t be a extreme move. In fact, Microsoft is introducing a new chronicle of a on-premises Skype for Business Server in a latter half of 2018.
Here’s what we know, timing-wise, as of today:
Messaging: Microsoft will addition a persistent, private, and organisation discuss capabilities already in Teams with additional capabilities by a finish of a second calendar entertain of 2018. These entrance facilities will embody shade pity during discuss and association between companies.
(A semi-related aside: If you’re wondering when Microsoft skeleton to supplement the second square of a Guest entrance to Teams — going over a stream Azure Active Directory requirement and instead signing adult around a Microsoft Account — officials won’t say. we asked again yesterday and got a no comment. In September, Microsoft execs pronounced to design this MSA Guest entrance to arrive “in a subsequent few weeks.”)
Meetings: Teams already offers shade sharing, assembly chats prisoner in a channel after a assembly and a preview of audio conferencing. Microsoft skeleton to supplement assembly room support with Skype Room Systems and cloud video interoperability, permitting third-party assembly room inclination to bond to Team meetings by a finish of a second calendar entertain of 2018.
Calling: Teams already has a series of job capabilities. More are entrance by a finish of a second calendar entertain of 2018, including a ability to use existent telco voice lines to activate job services in Office 365.
I asked Microsoft when some of a modernized job features, like Cloud PBX (known from now on as “Phone System”), PSTN Conferencing (now called “Audio Conferencing”), and PSTN Calling (now dubbed “Calling Plan”) would come to Teams, PSTN Conferencing is now in preview and Calling Plan is entrance by a finish of Q4 2017. These kinds of facilities are pivotal components of a high-end Office 365 E5 plan.
“We inspire all business who have not nonetheless finished so to start regulating Teams today, possibly mount alone or corresponding with Skype for Business,” contend Microsoft officials. This TechNet post has lots of support on formulation for and regulating Teams.
Microsoft’s new ‘Slack competitor’ has softened dramatically given a preview, and new facilities are nearing regularly. Where it shines is threaded chat, easy video meetings and glorious formation with other Office 365 tools.