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During the keynote Satya briefly mentioned that Teams will work in conjunction with the entire Office 365 eco system including Skype for Business. My question is how we will see this in practice.

 

1. Will Skype for Business loose IM functionality?

2. Will (or does) Skype for Business share presence with Teams and the rest of Office 365? Doe'snt seem like it now.

3. Can users running S4B on e.g iOS android participate in video meetings initiated from within Teams?

4. What's the impact of running Lync 2013 on-premises for SIP telephony in regards to Teams? Can we for example make a phonecall from within Teams to a user that's only available on his or her phone?

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1) Teams and SfB users in the same org can send messages to each other. There are some topology limitations here though so please wait for your company admin communication

2) No presence interop in this release

3) No cross app meeting join in this release

4) Lync/SfB onPrem/online isn't required for teams client/product to function. No EV in this release; SfB is your go-to client for reaching PSTN numbers

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I am sorry but I still can't get my head around this =)

In another post an MS representative said that IM interop between Teams and SfB is only available for SfB Online, not on prem.

Since the presentation made the case that Teams and SfB will work together, could you please explain how you see this actually happening. Are we just going to use SfB for PSTN calls? We recently took the decision to use SfB for all our communications and one key aspect that won us over to SfB was that we could have a single platform/app for communication, instead of having SfB + some legacy softphone. If I wish to make a call to my colleague I simply open SfB, tap Call and I reach him regardless if he's by his computer, using SfB on his mobile device or decides to take the call over PSTN.

So if and when I introduce Teams to my organization I must tell them that Teams can only be used for everything but calling?

Could it perhaps be possible to tell Teams to always use SfB for voice calls? So when I tap the Call button it will launch SfB?
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It does seem a little odd that Teams is using it's own chat system, as opposed to actually using the existing Skype for Business chat capabilities.  It would seem that a Skype4b persistent chat could be effectively the same as a teams channel... Skype4B already handles voice/video calls etc, so it would have made more sense to me to just make the chat/call functionality of the Teams app be an improved Skype4b client.

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Please see attached to help answer the onPre, and topology question in general.. PS: this is a very rough response... expect more official comms through O365 content.

 

Correct, for existing SfB users please advise them to use SfB for PSTN calls and external meetings.

 

Regarding launching SfB when clicking on vocie call in teams, please add this is to https://teamsfeedback.uservoice.com/ so other customers can vote UP and help auto-prioritize for us.

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Our org is completely confused on Teams vs SfB... Why can't it be one? Help! They're all wanting to go back to Slack, which we just migrated the company away from.

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what's the primary reason for confusion?

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It is confusing because there are Team chats and SfB chats, but never do they meet-

 

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It's confusing because of all the reasons spelled out in this other thread:

 

https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Microsoft-Teams/Office-365-Groups-vs-Microsoft-Teams-blog-pos...

 

 

 

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@Deletedand others. I made a top UserVoice list for Skype On-premise users wanting to move towards Microsoft Teams-Only. Pick the ones that are important to you and vote. Let me know if should any other on the list. You find the page here.

 

Best regrards
Jako