In July at its annual associate convention, Microsoft instructed attendees that its Teams group-chat platform had reached “feature parity” with Skype for Business Online. Right this moment, August 24, Microsoft made that proclamation official, saying it has delivered on its roadmap for bringing Skype for Enterprise On-line options to Groups.
“We’re happy to announce we’ve accomplished our roadmap for bringing Skype for Enterprise On-line options and performance into Groups,” officers stated through as we speak’s weblog submit. (This is a link to the migration roadmap.)
Final yr, Microsoft introduced plans to replace Skype for Business Online with its Teams group-chat platform.
In as we speak’s weblog submit concerning the achievement, Microsoft highlighted the messaging, conferences, callings and device-ecosystem enhancements it has made in Groups “in current weeks.”
Within the calling enviornment, the place Microsoft had essentially the most work to do in bringing Skype for Enterprise On-line options to Groups, this is what Microsoft says it now presents in Groups:
- Boss and delegate assist
- Name queues
- Consultative switch
- Do-not-disturb breakthrough
- The power to ahead a name to a gaggle
- Out-of-office assist
- Direct Routing for bringing a person’s personal phone service to Groups
Microsoft’s roadmap for the Skype for Enterprise/Groups transition nonetheless lists a number of enterprise voice options as “coming in This fall CY 2018” (by the tip of the quarter). On that listing are Name Park, Group name pickup, a preview of location based mostly routing and Shared Line Look. I’ve requested Microsoft if the corporate already is making these options accessible to Groups customers; no phrase again to date.
Replace (August 24): Ah, so these 4 options had been by no means a part of Skype for Enterprise On-line within the first place, a Microsoft spokesperson stated. The complete assertion:
“There are 4 enterprise-grade voice options on the roadmap for calling in Groups (name park, group name pickup, location-based routing, and shared line look) that haven’t been accessible in Skype for Enterprise On-line to this point. They’ll make their on-line debut when they’re delivered in Groups this calendar yr.”
When Microsoft instructed companions in June that Skype for Enterprise and Groups had been at characteristic parity, more than a few Microsoft prospects had been more than a little skeptical of these claims. Telephone assist in Groups is not practically prepared for prime time, some stated. And a number of other Skype for Business features either are in rudimentary stages or also not there yet, they stated.
Microsoft is providing self-service steering with finest practices and sources to prospects who both need to use Skype for Enterprise and Groups side-by-side or to transition fully to Groups. It’s also working to supply improve/migration instruments within the Microsoft Groups & Skype for Enterprise Admin Heart, which will likely be accessible to all Workplace 365 prospects later this calendar yr.
Microsoft is also planning to supply prospects “Microsoft-driven automated upgrades to Groups” as an possibility. Customers eligible for this will likely be notified by way of e mail and within the Workplace 365 Message Heart.
So when will Microsoft require all Skype for Enterprise customers to maneuver off the platform? The Redmondians nonetheless are usually not offering a deadline (I requested once more as we speak).
Simply to be clear, the on-premises model of Skype for Enterprise is sticking round for some time, as Microsoft has stated it should make Skype for Business 2019 available in the latter half of this year.
Microsoft officers say of the 200,000 organizations now utilizing Groups.