This month we finally got the release of Skype for Business 2019 Server for on-premises which clearly demonstrates Microsoft's continued commitment and support for customers still staying on-premises with Skype for Business. With this release, mainstream support will continue at least through to 2023 which gives customers not ready yet for Teams the ability to stay with a current version of Skype for Business. This release also comes with a host of new features and in this blog post we'll cover a quick Standard Edition installation walk-thru as well as an overview of these new features, In future blog posts we'll configure these new features in more detail and depth. The steps provided here are a shortened version of the detailed deployment guide from Microsoft available at https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/SkypeForBusiness/skype-for-business-server-2019
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.