Skype is quickly becoming Microsoft's second pick as Teams continues to gain traction within the video conferencing community. Microsoft stated a 3x increase of companies using the app in the month of March.
According to Microsoft, Teams has gone over 75 million active users in the month of April, which is a huge number! This beats Skype's 40 million. Now the plan is to start integrating the two apps together. So Microsoft announced that they are getting NDI support for NewTek's SkypeTX. What does this mean? Simple. Now Skype users have a chance to integrate in with Teams.
"Coming soon, NDI for Microsoft Teams transforms a Teams meeting into a virtual stage by converting each participant’s video into a discrete video source that can be used in the production tool of your choice, OBS, Wirecast, Xsplit, StreamLabs and many more. This functionality enables you to use Teams meetings in other ways, including hosting a professional broadcast.
Meanwhile new interoperability of Teams with Skype TX devices—the devices commonly used in broadcast production today—enables production teams to connect in 1:1 calls for interviews and newscasts with professional capabilities including caller queuing and connection quality management.
-Official Statement from Microsoft
Both apps have similar properties like sharing screens, blurred, and custom backgrounds. It's no secret Microsoft wants to get rid of Skype. But it's looking like they aren't quite ready to do so. Currently they are still working on Teams being used for family, friends, and more, moving away from their business orientation. Only time will tell who will come out victorious: Skype or Teams.