News out of Microsoft Ignite Orlando this morning: Microsoft Teams is set to replace Skype for Business as the primary collaboration/teamwork platform - eventually. This came as no surprise to many, given the slip up that occurred last month.
In a previous blog, I discussed the added benefit of PSTN Conferencing capabilities when used in conjunction with Skype for Business Online. Meeting participants could continue to join from their Skype for Business client or a web browser, but now they could also choose to join via phone: very much still an important use case. In addition to this, Microsoft have made available dozens of PSTN access numbers across the globe that your meeting participants can dial and participate in your Skype for Business Online meeting – very handy.
Since Microsoft PSTN Conferencing was released on September 2016, we’ve seen steady take up of the offering – particularly if you were a Skype for Business Online user already. Prior to this announcement there was no way to get dial in numbers for a Skype for Business Online meeting unless you:
Now, it’s odd for a Microsoft partner to want to integrate these two platforms but given they are both the new kids on the block for collaboration and messaging apps, it raised an interesting point – could we get some kind of ‘clearing house’ going between these two platforms to allow messages, links, and other features sent between the two platforms? Now to be perfectly clear, I am not a developer, and a very very amateur scripter and that would indeed be generous. Disclaimer: there may be much more sensible ways of achieving this and I am sure someone will be able to do a much better job! I also couldn’t find much in the blogosphere about how to do this.