Jan 24

Microsoft Teams Voice dialing – a closer look

On the 13th of december I wrote a blog with the first screenshots of voice dialing in Microsoft Teams (see also the blog: Microsoft Teams, first view on voice dialing 

Since then Microsoft released 27 new features into the Teams client (several related to voice from the larger list). A good overview of the Chrismas updates can be found here: Microsoft just launched 27 new features for Teams!

These 27 new features are updates to the bigger 1 year roadmap presented by Microsoft in October 2017 on Microsoft Ignite. Here it was that the Skype Online client will be replaced by Microsoft Teams.

The Microsoft blog with the roadmap can be found here: Roadmap for Skype for Business capabilities coming to Microsoft Teams now available

The most actual and continuous updated roadmap items can be found here, where Microsoft keeps track of all what is released and planned for Office 365: Roadmap Office 365

With my latest blog I intend to show what is already there in Microsoft Teams. I will compare this to the Skype Online client. I will focus and look if all main necessary items are clearly on the roadmap of the Teams client and what is missing or not clearly addressed in the roadmap. It’s key that Teams client will show all necessary functionality, since the goal of Microsoft and clearly of all customers is to work with just one client, not multiple.

A good overview on feature level in an excel matrix is regularly being updated by Lucas Vitali in Italy, a Microsoft MVP. His table can be found here: Skype for Business and Teams features comparison table.

Ofcourse the Teams client also brings new functionality and during that time it’s necessary to use both clients at once, this is however very confusing to end-users who were just familiar with the Skype client. Now they have to go through a learning and adoption phase again.

Also for Skype On-premise users, a new Skype for Business Server 2019 is planned. They will have to use 2 clients in any case or start migrating into the Cloud.

It’s important to note everything written here is very much subject to change, especially since Office 365 is a cloud service and new features are released on more than a monthly basis. Check the roadmap above for the latest status. Screenshots will thus also change over time since new functionalities will be added and a lot is planned. For people interested in the screenshots please send me an email.

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