Last year, Microsoft announced its plans to retire Skype for Business Online in July 2021. The company made it clear that users will no longer be able to access the online version after this date.
The Big M has now started to warn Skype users about the cutoff date. Microsoft is sending email notifications to its customers about its plans to discontinue Skype for Business Online on July 31, 2021. In other words, Microsoft encourages business customers should move to Microsoft Teams instead.
As a part of these efforts, the Redmond giant has been focusing on Microsoft Teams over the last few years. According to Microsoft, Teams comes with all the important features to meet the specific needs of business users. In addition, the company announced its plans to bring some additional features to Microsoft Teams in the first quarter of this year.
Business Should Migrate To Microsoft Teams
It is worth mentioning that the email notifications are an indication that customers should plan their migration to Teams. Due to this reason, Microsoft allows a period of 1.5 years so that businesses can complete the migration process.
Moreover, the company is also making it easier to upgrade from Skype for Business Online. You can easily get access to downloadable resources, guides & resources, onboarding for FastTrack and free classroom training sessions. Apart from that, a comprehensive list of Microsoft partners is available to address your issues.
Notably, this decision doesn’t affect those using Skype Business server edition and the consumer versions of Skype. They can continue to use the service until October 14, 2025.
It’s just a matter of time to see if Businesses are ready to leave the service and switch to Microsoft Teams. There is a possibility that many of them decide to stick with Skype for Business Server until Microsoft actually pulls the plug.
If you are one of those IT administrators who are managing Skype for Business within your company, this step-by-step guide will help you to design an effective migration plan.
What do you think about this change? Do you think that Microsoft is providing enough support to complete the migration process?