Microsoft Teams integration with Skype for Business

The voice/video/meeting component of Microsoft Teams is built on the next generation of Skype for Business infrastructure (which is touted to bring about the unification of the Skype consumer and Skype for Business platforms).

There is a number of integration differences when looking at Microsoft Teams as well as Skype for Business Server vs. Skype for Business Online. In short Microsoft Teams does not talk to Skype for Business Server, only the Online version as part of Office 365. This is documented so should not come as a surprise, and hopefully will be addressed when the product is fully released sometime early this year, if not in the near future.

However, it is important to note with the below screenshots that I am using Skype for Business Online, but the other users are on-premises.

The presence display carries between both systems:

Users in Microsoft Teams are presented with a feature limitation warning on talking to someone on Skype for Business:

There is a nice icon in Teams to show the user that the other person is using Skype for Business:

Users receive a toast notifications from both Skype for Business & Microsoft Teams:

Where the conversation continues depends on which toast notification you click.

Skype for Business meetings show up in Teams:


If the user clicks on the Join button on a Skype Meeting from the Teams client – it will re-direct them to the web interface of Skype for Business and from there launch the client.

A more in-depth look at the integrations is available on Richard Brynteson’s blog.

Integrating Yammer into Microsoft Teams

One of the challenges that Microsoft Teams brought is the confusion around which communication medium and when. This is confusing for IT departments, change managers, team managers, and general users.

I’ve written previously about the challenge with multiple communication modalities here, here, and here.

While attending the Microsoft MVP Summit in November 2016 we had a number of sessions around Microsoft Teams. In several of them we were told about the Yammer tab that would be coming soon, but unfortunately no further information was given.

In the interim however we’re left with a choice of silos – do I drive communications via Yammer, or Teams? Well thankfully one amazing developer called Guillaume Meyer has built the “Yammer Tab for Microsoft Teams” so that we don’t have to make this choice – nor do we need to wait for Microsoft to update the Teams app to support this functionality.

The process is simple:

  1. Download the YammerTabForTeams.zip file
  2. Click on your team contextual menu and select “View Team”

  1. Select the “Developer (Preview)” tab and upload the YammerTabForTeams.zip file

  2. Go to the channel where you want to add the Yammer group, and hit the + sign in the top navigation, you will now see the Yammer icon

  3. Accept the developer license terms, and select the type of Yammer feed you want to display – being Group or Feed. If you select Group as I have done in this screenshot then you will need to pull this from the URL of the Yammer group itself (ie. the 7377811 from here: https://www.yammer.com/████████████.com.au/#/threads/inGroup?type=in_group&feedId=7377811&view=all)

  4. Press “Save”, and you should now see your Yammer group showing up in your relevant Microsoft Team channel!

Rinse & repeat for every channel you want to add a Yammer group to (this means you’ll need to upload the “YammerTabForTeams.zip” file to each Team you want to add it to).

You can access the GitHub page of this solution here: https://github.com/guillaumemeyer/YammerTabForTeams

A huge thank you to Guillaume Meyer for creating this!

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