It seems Microsoft is preparing to make a greater connection between users of Skype and Microsoft Teams. According to a ZDNet report, users of Microsoft Teams will soon be able to message and call users of the consumer variant of Skype.
The new ability will be introduced at the end of next month. Importantly, the integration will work both ways, so Skype users will also be able to connect with Microsoft Teams.
Microsoft is arguably trying to reach consumers and entice them to Teams. Many users who use Skype for day-to-day business could probably benefit from Teams. It is worth noting there is already a free version of Microsoft Teams available.
However, there is a limitation on the free version regarding how many people users can communicate with.
It is worth noting the ability to connect between Teams and Skype will be disabled by default. In fact, the feature will only be actionable by Admins heading to Microsoft 365 and managing external access settings.
Skype for Business
As you may know, Microsoft Teams replaced Skype for Business, which was discontinued leaving just the consumer Skype version.
Back in August 2018, Microsoft confirmed Teams had reached feature parity with Skype for Business Online. Some users have voiced disagreement and said several features are missing. Skype for Business online remains open, but it will be shuttered next year.
Earlier this month, Microsoft announced a new free version of its Teams premium tier. The company said the new version is to help users collaborate during the coronavirus outbreak. Now available globally, the tier will help organizations manage their workforces and remain connected. When signing up for the tier, customers will work with a Microsoft sales team member to help the set-up process.