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

Published 04/02/2018 - 7 Comments

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

Principal Solutions Architect at Modality Systems
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.

7 comments

Common Area Phone support coming to Skype for Business Online Cloud Phone System - Tom Talks - 12/02/2018 Reply

[…] Teams has IP Phone support on the roadmap. There are no specific details for Common Area Phones […]

Mitchell Bakker - 03/04/2018 Reply

There is a typo in your post :)

“The updated PDF deck is here. The first version was published at the end of October 2018, so what has changed?”
Should be end of October 2017 right?

Regards,
Mitchell

Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams Roadmap Update April 23, 2018, 9 Changes - Tom Talks - 30/04/2018 Reply

[…] been 3 months since the last PDF roadmap update. This time the update was broadcast with a bit more noise via a blog […]

Bin - 21/06/2018 Reply

Glad to hear that e911 is finally supported in Teams. The term itself can be confusing.

Is Teams supporting static e911 or nomadic e911 using the switch port to LIS translation?

Thanks,
Bin

    Tom Arbuthnot - 24/06/2018 Reply

    I’d imagine it would be static, since that’s what SfBO supports today

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