Microsoft recently announced that it is bringing the features of Skype to its Teams application with the longer term intent to retire Skype for Business in favour of having that functionality built directly into Teams.

With this in mind, Microsoft seem to be advancing towards this pretty smartly and have just released several new features including:

  • Audio Conferencing – Join meetings or invite others to join via Audio Dial in numbers and conference bridges.
  • Anonymous join, and meeting – Invite anyone, even those outside your organisation, to join a meeting via an email invitation. With either Edge or Chrome, the guest can join directly from their browser.
  • A Virtual Lobby – Attendees not in your organization join via a virtual lobby allowing you to get prepared before admitting them to the meeting.
  • Muting all or one attendee – The organiser can mute one or all attendees easily.
  • Screen or application sharing, and interactive troubleshooting.

In the last few weeks, Telstra and Microsoft have also announced the availability of “Telstra Calling for Office365” – a new joint venture that brings direct calling into Skype for Business and Teams. This is a real game changer for small business especially – potentially eliminating the need for PBXs and dedicated handsets.  Read about this exciting new product HERE.

As a result of these improvements much of the Skype For Business functionality is now in Teams and meeting attendees have better control of their meeting experience. Additionally, with the Telstra Calling for Office365 functionality, you can make and receive calls directly from within your favourite application!.

Try Teams or watch a demo. If you don’t already have Teams, I encourage you to try it out today.


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