Moving users straight over from Skype for Business can be a daunting task, especially if organisations have requirements to continue using the enterprise voice workloads within the server product. Meetings First functionality allows users to retain Skype for Business server for their chat and PSTN calling but start utilising the power of Microsoft Teams with the ability to host meetings online.

With Meetings First assigned to a user, chat, calling and presence are turned off in Teams and are only available with Skype for Business, ensuring no overlap or miscommunication. Use of Teams and Channels can optionally be hidden using an app permission policy to further simplify the Teams client.

Hosting meetings in Microsoft Teams allows users to leverage the power of the Microsoft Cloud, transforming the meeting experience and reducing dependency on corporate resources, participants (whether internal or external) no longer have to connect to corporate datacentres and can instead communicate directly with their nearest Microsoft Point of Presence to reach the Teams meeting.

If users are also enabled with an Audio Conferencing license then PSTN dial-in/dial-out functionality is also possible, providing meetings with dial-in numbers in a range of countries without having to dedicate trunks on the Skype server’s PSTN connection.

Reach out to us for further advice or check out the Microsoft documentation at https://aka.ms/MeetingsFirst