Skype for Business Online Retirement Plan

As Teams has become the centre of collaboration for Office 365, Microsoft have Officially announced that Skype for Business Online will finally retire on July 31, 2021. End users will see no change in service during this period but this now means that they have 2 years in which to implement their transition to Microsoft Teams. From 1st September 2019, ALL new O365 customers will be Teams only and will not have access to SfB online.

In 2017 Microsoft Teams was introduced as “the hub for teamwork” in Microsoft 365. It is the focal point for video, chat, calls, and everything collaboration rolled into a single, integrated app. Teams created an entirely new way of working. Teams has been undergoing constant evolution over the last two years, with Microsoft working closely with customers to refine its feature set and it seems they are finally ready to officially brand Teams a successor to Skype for Business and recommend it as an upgrade to all online users.

Since its introduction in 2014, Skype for Business has been a valuable tool for millions of people around the world. By combining instant messaging, calling, and video into a single app, the product established an exciting, new vision for business communications. Microsoft Teams is the next chapter in that vision.

What Next?

If you’re a current Skype for Business Online customer, start planning your migration today. Microsoft have produced Fast Track, training and transition framework guides to help with migrating to Teams.

Voice For Teams.

If you need to migrate your telephony or even want to know how Teams can replace your traditional phone system. Conversant Technology are committed to helping you every step of the way and can’t wait for you to experience the new way to work.


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