On July 31 2021 Skype for Business Online will be retired, and existing customers are being urged to plan their migration to Microsoft Teams. After the scheduled shutdown date, Skype for Business Online users will no longer be assigned licenses and must use Teams-only mode. Depending on your IT environment, you may face business risks when the shutdown occurs, specifically in terms of how your services are delivered and with regards to calling functionality which will cease to operate.
Almost out of time
The Skype for Business server is also approaching end of life, with mainstream support ceasing January 2024 and extended support ceasing October 2025. Once out of mainstream support the Skype for Business server will cease to receive updates beyond security critical updates, and when out of extended support customers may continue to operate on-premises at their own risk.
The next step
If you haven’t already transitioned to Teams and moved your enterprise telephony to Teams Calling, the time to do so is now and our new whitepaper will outline recommended next steps. The good news is that the transition to Teams carries a range of additional benefits. With new and enhanced features including improved online meetings, built-in document co-authoring, and great mobile functionality, Teams is an upgraded solution for communication and collaboration. Our whitepaper explores those benefits in more detail and also outlines:
– How long each platform has left
– The benefits of migrating to teams
– New and enhanced features
– What is your risk and what should you do?
This whitepaper is free to download, click here for a copy.
If you’re interested in finding out more about how to migrate to Teams Calling, we’d love to speak to you.