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Are Teams calls/meetings with users using (plain) Skype possible

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GuyNiko18
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Is it currently possible to have an audio/video call from within Teams to a user only having a Skype (not skype for business)?

With Skype for business this was possible if I'm not mistaken (if in the backend all the necessary was done).

And on a similar note, how do you plan a meeting with people without Teams or skype (for example customers/suppliers), can they join via a webbased client (with a URL in the meeting invite)?

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and at the current time, there is no capability to communication between Teams and Skype (consumer).
Not currently - and the following uservoice to be able to call Skype consumer users was declined by Microsoft

https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/555103-public/suggestions/16958347-skype-integration-con...

In terms of a meeting or Skype your can either add people as guests to Teams

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/MicrosoftTeams/guest-access

Or as Rob said, you can create Teams meetings and send to the users, where they will join via phone.

Hope that helps answer your questions:

Best, Chris
Actually you don't have to add the people as guests to Teams, assuming you literally just want to have a meeting with them (rather than collaborate with them in the wider sense of Teams) - they can join using the web client including audio.

They could of course join via phone, but that would assume your tenant has audio conferencing enabled.
Thanks @Rob Ellis.

You are absolutely correct - you don't. From the question above they mentioned customers and suppliers so I would say that both options are applicable here. In my experience, particularly with vendors and suppliers, this tends to be more guest orientated whereas with customers this is more calls and AC orientated.

Best, Chris

Regarding joining meetings, your attendees can join using

 

1. Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge, no plugins etc needed, it will use the browser. Chrome won;t send their video just yet but they can talk and see the screens you share etc.

2. Install the Team client but don;t log in, it then works as a kind of like a plugin, jsut opening when they click the link to join a meeting, a good solution for people with other browser and on devices like macs.

 

As others noted, if you have the audio conferencing licensing they can just dial in.

Thank you all for the helpful feedback.

As I see it, Teams is still a work in progress and what is not yet possible might be in the future.

I just hope that the full set of capabilities of Skype for business will be integrated into Teams.

Actually, the uservoice for Skype consumer and Teams just got updated :)

It's now being re-evaluated

 

https://microsoftteams.uservoice.com/forums/555103-public/suggestions/16958347-skype-integration-con...

 

/ Adam

@GuyNiko18 if you sign up and vote for the UserVoice that @adam deltinger posted above it will give you an update of status changes so you can be notified of progress going forward.

I am happy to see a re-evaluation of this uservoice because I think its important in scenarios such as HR and Recruitment.

Best, Chris
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