Microsoft Ignite – Day One: Teams is the future

Sep 26, 2017 | Blog, Teams | 0 comments

The key phrase from the first day of Microsoft Ignite is “Intelligent Communication” as the next logical step from “Unified Communication” in the world of Microsoft technology. All areas of Microsoft, and indeed the wider community, are clearly heavily committed to the long-term future and success of Teams, and it is interesting to note that most conversations have included mentions of Microsoft Teams, at least in passing.

Here’s a high-level overview of the big news we saw from day one:

Contacts from Skype for Business will come to Microsoft Teams.

A true “unified presence” between Skype for Business and Microsoft Teams is coming.

Fully featured PSTN calling is coming to Microsoft Teams, including a really good interface for “Speed Dial“, recommended contacts and call transfer functionality.

Microsoft are committed to bringing parity between Skype Enterprise Voice and Microsoft Teams functionality, with more enterprise voice features coming to Teams in the next 12 months and beyond.

Dial-in conferencing for Microsoft Teams is going to made available in General Availability in the next few weeks. It is also important to mention that this has been available in some tenants under initial preview.

Compliance, eDiscovery and Retention Policies are coming in the near future.

Skype for Business and Microsoft Teams Admin Center is coming. This for me was the biggest piece of news and most exciting chunk of content from day one. Boasting a modern admin interface similar to the Security and Compliance Center, it doesn’t currently look production ready, and may be a while before we see this in tenants. But as a Technical Architect, this has been one of the biggest gaps in the Microsoft Teams admin experience to date, and it is exciting to see this coming.

A brief introduction into the migration story

We were given a brief introduction to the migration story from Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams. This is going to be part of the Teams Admin Center interface, which looks like it will support a good coexistence across both services. In addition, dial-in conferencing settings, telephone numbers, hunt groups and all other Skype for Business settings will get carried across, and from what I’ve seen this is going to be a slick experience for users.

Lots of information, best practices, tools and resources have now been released to help organisations find their right path to success with Teams.

Don’t worry, there is still a commitment to Skype for Business from Microsoft

For those organisations who may be concerned about losing the large investment they have already made in Skype for Business server on-premises, and being forced to make the move to Teams instantly – Microsoft are still committed to Skype for Business Server (on-premises). There will be a release currently targeted for Q4 2018 incorporating Skype for Business Online features, Cloud Analytics integration, improved Teams interop and refreshed Skype clients. The main focus of the next Skype for Business on-premises release will be on IT Pro and Enterprise Voice features.

Other Headlines to note from day one at Microsoft Ignite:

Microsoft’s Mission: Empower every person and every organisation on the planet to achieve more.

Cool integration with LinkedIn and Bing for Business.

Introduction of Microsoft 365 F1 license for First Line Workers.

It’s safe to say that there is lots to look forward in this space over the coming weeks, and indeed the coming months.

About our author

Mike Parker

Mike Parker

Technical Architect | Content and Code

Mike has spent the last 5 years working with Office 365. From support to consultancy based roles right through to architecting enterprise deployments of Office 365. Starting as a mail migration specialist, Mike’s primary area of focus is in the delivery of the Microsoft 365 suite, including the Office 365 suite, and Enterprise Mobility + Security, for a range of global enterprise clients.

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