Microsoft Teams and Skype Consumer Interop

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Please advise as there has been promises and no news.

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i am sure i can speak for a lot of people trying to adopt teams, this feature will be a deal breaker.

I adopted fully to teams when i read that this feature was upcoming and now Microsoft has reneged.

How can you claim feature parity with SFB when this is not implemented?

How can i or others limit use of Skype Personal when no alternative exists?

I don't think my SFB and teams are linked. Is that up to my admin?
Depends what you mean by linked. But yes your admin has control over interop/upgrade settings for your tenant.
I agree with Paul and AFAIK I believe the three main states will be Skype Only, Islands and Teams only going forward

I too am interested if there are any official word from Microsoft on the ineterop between Consumer Skype accounts and Microsoft Teams. All of my tenant is currently on Islands mode for now but I've made the jump over to Teams Only so I can start documenting any issues before transitioning users to Teams only but the first hurdle is how do we as a company communicate with Consumer Skype users going forward? Skype for business was slow to adopt the interop between consumer and S4B but eventually we were able to communicate. 

 

One other issue that I have came across is that we would like Private channels which has been on the uservoice for sometime, I really hope they don't pull the plug on this either.

 

It's very hard to be an early adopter of the MS technologies only for them to pull the plug on things.

 

 

I don't think they will pull Private channels, they have been saying they are about to release information about them so hopefully soon.

As for Skype Consumer Microsoft current stance is it's not happening. unless they get an abundance of pushback I don't see this changing. There is a user voice for it, I figure the more votes the merrier, but it was declined by Microsoft and removed from the roadmap not long ago.

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

@Chris Webb Thanks for the prompt reply. I do hope they keep the Private Channel momentum.

 

Out of interest is there any way at all that we can have a Meeting with anonymous users/guest users that allows for video? Not really looked into the whole meeting thing on the web with Teams and wondered if that was a way to keep communications going with Consumer users?

Yes, with a few clicks of the mouse. I prefer doing it via Outlook, add Teams meeting, then send the link or you can copy and paste into IM. They can join VIA web, and get Audio / Video via chrome / edge anonymously. The issue thou, they cannot chat still I don't believe if anonymous. if they authenticate at all via Microsoft Account or Work / EDU Account they can join and chat fine (long as under 250 limit) .

I had tried the meeting thing from Chrome but it tells me the Video option is not supported in the browser. Appears to work in Edge though but no everyone will have Edge.

Ahh, yeah I thought chrome was still missing something it's video. It'll work at some point, but it's been in progress for over a year i want to say. But yes Edge works, with Edge moving to Chromium they have to support it soon :)

I've installed the new skype (v8) consumer version, noone is online anymore, outlook contacts can't be chosen. Why does MS pay billions of dollars and then kill the product?

They haven’t killed Skype consumer. You have an issue in your end or there is a service issue but there are no announced plans to get ride if Skype consumer.
It looks like MA is reconsidering an integration mechanism. The UserVoice is reopened now. Crossing fingers:)