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Microsoft may be rebranding Skype for Business to Teams

Microsoft may be rebranding Skype for Business to Teams”

With this announcement, it would appear that Microsoft is going to fold all of the capabilities of Skype for Business into this new tool and once again leave the Skype branding for only the consumer.

Microsoft could soon be moving Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams, the company's latest service for collaboration within organizations. Microsoft looks to be changing that, however, by bringing Skype for Business under the Microsoft Teams banner. On the Microsoft Teams UserVoice website, "Complete Skype for Business integration in Microsoft Teams" is now one of the top 5 five requests from users, and Microsoft said that is now "under review". Teams was launched as a workplace communications platform meant to compete in the same field as Slack with instant messaging, Office 365 integrations, and more. Seeing as Ignite is only about three weeks away, we shouldn't have to wait too much longer for the official statement.

Combining the two services isn't an entirely surprising move. Clearly, there's quite a bit of overlap between both of them.

In any case, we may get some clarification during Microsoft's Ignite conference, which runs from September 25 through September 29.

As Microsoft has yet to announce that Microsoft Teams will replace Skype for Business, it's not exactly clear if this was just a temporary bug or some A/B testing from the folks over at Redmond. Skype for Business, unlike Teams, provides broadcast meetings, PSTN conferencing and dialing, and video interoperability. This will take us some time to complete.

Martens noted that the "Start using Teams" button simply redirected him to teams.microsoft.com, which is the url of the Teams web app.

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