Microsoft Announces SfB is now Teams

Posted on Friday, October 06, 2017
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By Steve Burnley
Collaboration Technical Lead

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You'd probably have to have all your devices in airplane mode not to notice recently that there was something going on with Microsoft Skype for Business and Microsoft Teams. Between a premature announcement on Office 365, speculation, and various leaks (deliberate or otherwise), it's been obvious that something was happening. Last week at Microsoft Ignite in Florida, we finally got the official news.

Over the next few months, if you're a Cloud Skype for Business user, you will be encouraged to migrate away from the SfB client to the Teams Client. This will not be immediate; for one thing, much of the current voice and conferencing feature set of SfB has to migrate into the Teams client. If you are a current user of SfB for voice/video, and/or conferencing, you should carefully evaluate the readiness of teams before you complete the migration.

If you're a SfB Server user, then nothing changes for you at the moment. Teams is an O365 cloud-only solution, while Server is an on-premise or hosted solution. Microsoft have announced that there will be a SfB Server 2018 release, so the lifecycle of your current deployment is assured, and we expect many of the more advanced voice capabilities of Server to be enhanced in the next release. If you are an on-premise Server user, but want to leverage the potential of Teams, then hybrid options to integrate voice, video, and messaging between the two platforms will become available.

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