In an attempt to focus on Microsoft Teams, the Redmond-based company has made it the "core communications client” for its users. It has integrated Office 365 with Teams and has replaced Skype for Business as its primary client. Microsoft also announced that it will introduce a new version of Skype for Business servers in second half of 2018.
At this year's Ignite event, Microsoft said that it would be introducing new features to Teams as part of its enhancements. This includes the calling features where the user can hold calls, transfer calls and include voicemail as well. It also includes audio conferencing. Other features include interoperability between Teams and Skype for Business. Moreover, it also includes messaging, and various improved meeting enhancements like the Outlook calender integration, meetings on mobile, scheduled meeting. It also has the feature of guest access, where people outside the company can talk as well.
It also claims that Microsoft Teams is being used by over 125,000 organisations in just six months of the launch. Moreover, Teams will be working over the same infrastructure as Skype Business. Thus both can function together.
Microsoft introduced Teams earlier this year with an aim to bring together people, conversations, content and the tools that teams need to collaborate with in offices. Microsoft Teams provides persistent, threaded chat to keep everyone engaged and informed and packs a library of emojis, GIFs, custom stickers and memes that gives people a fun way to express personality within their digital workspace.
It soon became a prime competitor of Slack over a span of few months. The workspace offers the ability for teams to customise the experience to meet their specific needs and team members can create channels to organise conversations by topic.