Microsoft Teams previews Dial In Conferencing

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Earlier this month, we learned that Microsoft was preparing to upgrade Skype for Business users to Microsoft Teams, a transition that would be opt-in while the company continues to enhance the Microsoft Teams experience. There are definitely a lot of synergies between the two products, and a new feature that lets users join Microsoft Teams Meetings using their Skype for Business dial-in number is apparently in public preview.

Microsoft Teams previews Dial In Conferencing OnMSFT.com September 21, 2017
credit: Jeff Brown.

After creating a new Microsoft Teams Meeting yesterday, Skype for Business Technical Consultant Jeff Brown spotted the dial-in conferencing information in the meeting description, with a new “Join by Phone” section including dial-in number and conference ID details. When a participant joins the Teams Meeting using PSTN, he will be identified by his phone number in the participant list, explained Brown.

Microsoft Teams previews Dial In Conferencing OnMSFT.com September 21, 2017
credit: Jeff Brown.

“The dial-in conferencing is a welcome feature and only goes to show that Microsoft Teams is rapidly taking on Skype for Business features,” shared Brown in a blog post yesterday. “One noticeable feature missing from meetings is the ability to dial-out or the “call me at” feature to dial out to a phone.” Despite the Dial In Conference ability being in public preview, it looks like Microsoft has yet to officially announce the new feature. There are a couple of Ignite sessions dedicated to Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business next week, and we expect to learn more about dial-in conferencing in Teams on this occasion.

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