Skype for Business Online retires in July 2021
In August 2003 a new communication technology blew our minds. It started out as a simple calling app, and in 2006 the video conference option was added. In 2016, the ”for Business” version of this platform was launched.
Although Skype has been part of our communication and collaboration needs since 2003, even the greatest things must come to an end. Microsoft announced the retirement of Skype for Business Online, for this July 2021.
In this blog post, we want to share with you a few things you must know before the time comes. Will you be ready or not ready?
If you are a Skype for Business Online costumer, it’s likely that you’ve deployed Microsoft Teams before (if it’s either with Select or Overlapping Capabilities). These consumers are already moving gradually from one platform to another, making it a smooth transition.
The coexistent and upgrade settings may help to make it an even smoother one, with several options to make it as seamless as possible for the users.
If your organization is in this stage, you’re almost there! However, you’re still on time to double-check technical and organizational readiness.
Microsoft announced automated upgrades to Teams for some Skype for Business Online customers. If you’re scheduled for this program, you’ll receive reminders on the Microsoft 365 Message Center and Teams Admin Center.
If you’re still a little lost in this process, it’s understandable. Plenty of things have changed this past year. Priorities, strategies, and resources were impacted by the events we experienced.
However, this is no reason to worry. There have been cases in which organizations have successfully migrated from Skype for Business to Teams in a matter of months.
Nevertheless, it is important for your organization to start planning as soon as possible, in order to arrange all possible technical, user and process scenarios.
Microsoft provided resources to guide you through this process.
- Microsoft Teams admin documentation
- Teams upgrade planning workshops
- Microsoft Chalk Talks workshops
*Note: Skype versions that are operated by 21Vianet will not be affected by this retirement.
Each organization has unique needs and objectives. Having a Microsoft Partner by your side may be more convenient.
Although saying goodbye to this platform might get into our feelings, it’s safe to say that we’re left in very good hands. Microsoft Teams can only do so much for your company’s collaboration and communication needs.
If you want to know more about what we can do to help with your communication and collaboration services, do not hesitate to contact us!
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