Using both Teams & Skype4b today

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With today's clients, if I use only Teams, Skype4b users often see me as offline even while I'm actively working in teams.  When they try to message me, those messages sometimes don't seem to go through at all.  If I message them from teams and they reply, then everything seems to work right, for that conversation at least.   If I am logged into both Teams and Skype4b at the same time, messages from Skype users/client go to my skype client, and messages from Teams users/clients go to my teams client, and presence between the two doesn't seem to be in sync, and it makes for a pretty poor experience.  They definitely don't seem to be sharing everything on the back end like I would expect. 

 

At Ignite, the Teams client was demonstrated as a viable alternative Skype4b client, with presence and messaging being shared between clients.  Unfortunately, that seems to be a future version of Teams which won't be available for some time.  (End of 1Q2018, if I'm reading yesterday's roadmap right.)

 

Do you have any advice on how to use Teams in a mostly Skype4B environment today with the least hassle?  Or should we stop using Teams for now and check back in 6 months when the unified presence is hopefully available?

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Hi Steve! Sorry for the pain here -- We do plan to have unified presence across SfB and Teams available in Q1 2018, and we're actively working on some solutions to help mitigate some of the key problems around cross communicating between SfB and Teams. We are also working on a bunch of documentation on how best to handle interaction between Teams and Sfb, I can get back with some more details on this documentation when I have it.

Are any of the solutions/mitigations expected to be available in the near future, or are we looking at sometime next year for those as well?