Enhanced Microsoft Teams app gives Slack tough competition


It comes as two plans - Microsoft 365 A3 and A5 - along with the non-profits edition at an unspecified discount.

Microsoft Teams, the company's Slack competitor with deep integrations into the Office 365 apps, has seen a lot of pickup over the last few months, with over 125,000 organizations now using it in one form or another.

Microsoft is promising "a new, modern Skype infrastructure delivering enterprise-grade voice, video and meetings experiences".

Microsoft 365 F1 also includes two gigabytes of cloud storage, and other features such as the company's cloud-based Advanced Threat Analysis, Defender Antivirus and Device Guard for Windows 10.

Microsoft said that Teams will be the central tool for what it calls "intelligent communications", and it laid out plans for new features such as surfacing documents ahead of a meeting, recording and transcribing discussions, and subsequently adding notes and recordings to relevant Teams channels for review.

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It isn't clear when exactly Microsoft will completely replace Skype for Business with Microsoft Teams, but that probably won't happen until the upgraded calling features arrive on Teams. A new version of Skype for Business Server will also be released in the second half of 2018. Microsoft is building in machine learning, cognitive services, and speech recognition to improve a meetings experience and make it easier to set them up and receive follow ups after the meeting has concluded.

Microsoft Teams isn't even a year old, but it's about to replace Skype for Business.

Officials won't say when they're expecting all existing Skype for Business Online users to be moved to Teams, but they will provide a roadmap in early October 2017 with more firm delivery dates for making the capabilities in Skype for Business available to Teams users, said Ron Markezich, Corporate Vice President of Office 365.

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