Microsoft Teams continues its strong momentum of market adoption not just among enterprise customers but also with hardware vendors as evident from the many announcements made at Microsoft Ignite that just ended 2 days ago. There are now various personal and shared audio and video devices that customers can use natively with Microsoft Teams and the list can be found at this website http://office.com/teamsdevices. At the same time, many organizations that are moving from Skype for Business Enterprise voice and who have deployed 3PIP certified Skype for Business IP phones may be asking if these devices can still be used after moving to Teams. Thankfully, the answer is yes because of a SFB-Teams interop service that Microsoft provides which allows these 3PIP devices to interop with Teams; thereby protecting customer's investment while migrating from Skype for Business. This blog post explains how this interop works and what configurations are necessary to leverage this interop service
Just last Friday Microsoft announced in their blog page https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Microsoft-Teams-Blog/Microsoft-Teams-is-now-a-complete-meeting-and-calling-solution/ba-p/236042 that MS Teams now has all the meetings and calling functionality of Skype for Business Online. The article describes how MSTeams is now a complete meeting and calling solution and a Teams Conferencing Gateway, which allows you to use existing Skype for Business certified SIP-based phones with Teams; and USB HID Support for Teams, enabling customers to answer, end calls and control mute and volume using USB peripherals. In addition, cloud video interop services to support Teams meetings with existing VTC systems are underway with offerings from Pexip, Polycom, and Blue Jeans to be generally available later this calendar year. Of course this does not mean that the roadmap has been competed as there are additional features coming in Q4 of this year as can be seen in the MS Roadmap available here: http://aka.ms/skype2teamsroadmap. The purpose of this blog post is to serve as an add-on to go into detail the configuration of the O365 tenant to allow for calls to work between MSTeams and Skype for Business users.