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Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams Capabilities Roadmap Update Jan 30th 2018, What’s Changed?

Microsoft has quietly updated the Roadmap deck that shows the expected timeline for Skype for Business Online features or feature equivalents coming to Microsoft Teams. Thanks to Guy Bachar for spotting the update.

The updated PDF deck is here. The first version was published at the end of October 2017, so what has changed?

The roadmap is still split into Messaging, Meetings and Calling

Messaging

  • Released:
    • Hide Chat
    • Messaging Interop (between Skype for Business and Teams) IT Policies
  • Messaging Policies has been renamed “Messaging User-Level Policies”, due 2018 Q1
  • 2018 Q1 otherwise remains the same as the October 2017 roadmap

Meetings Roadmap

  • Released:
    • PSTN Audio Conferencing in over 90 countries
    • Anonymous Join – Anyone external to your Organisation can join a meeting
    • Interactive Troubleshooting
    • Lobby Support
    • Mute Other Participants
    • Application Sharing
    • Give and Take Control in sharing
    • Edge, Chrome Browser Support for meetings
    • Enable Call Quality Analytics

That’s 100% of what was previously forecast for 2017 Q4.

  • 2018 Q2 remains the same as the October 2017 Roadmap

Calling

  • Released
    • Blind Transfer
    • Call Blocking
    • Call Forwarding
    • Caller ID Masking
    • e911 Support
    • Enable Existing Calling Plan Support
    • Extension Dialing
    • Hold
    • Multi-call Handling
    • Safe Transfer
    • Simultaneous Ringing
    • Speed Dial
    • Suggested Contacts
    • Transfer to PSTN Call
    • Translate user input to standard phone format (Number normalisation)
    • Voicemail
    • SfB-Teams Calling
    • TTY Support
    • Windows, Mac, Edge, iOS, Android (for calling)
    • Call Quality Diagnostic Portal
    • SfB-Teams Interop Policies

Again that’s 100% of what was forecast for 2017 Q4

  • 2018 Q2
    • Transfer to PSTN Call removed as already released
    • Safe Transfer removed as already released
  • 2018 Q4 – unchanged

So, great progress on calling, although today all these features are on Microsoft PSTN Calling plans only. It will be interesting to see if all these features work straight away when we get “Bring your own carrier”/”Bring Your Own Trunk” (called “Hybrid connection to Teams” on the roadmap, 2018 Q2).

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Tom Arbuthnot

Tom Arbuthnot is Principal Solutions Architect at Unified Communications specialist Modality Systems. He is a Microsoft Certified Master and MVP, blogger, has a regular podcast with UCToday at tomtalks.show and is a regular speaker at events including Microsoft TechEd and Ignite. He co-runs The Microsoft UC User Group London.

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