Microsoft has today announced that it will be retiring the Skype for Business Online service on 31st July 2021, and is requesting its business customers to migrate to Microsoft Teams instead.
Microsoft Teams isn’t even a year old, but it’s about to replace Skype for Business. At Microsoft’s Ignite conference in Orlando, Florida today, the software giant is revealing that it plans to kill off Skype for Business in favor of Microsoft Teams.
Skype for Business took over from Lync, Microsoft’s previous business chat app, back in 2015. Microsoft’s original Teams launch made it look obvious that Skype for Business would eventually disappear, given the fact that Teams integrates most of Skype’s functionality already.
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In a blog post, the company said that it has decided to make the switch to Teams after having “worked closely with customers to refine Teams” and it now thinks that it “can confidently recommend it as an upgrade to all Skype for Business Online customers”.
Microsoft has been building a new Skype infrastructure that has been “evolving rapidly”. It will serve as the enterprise-grade service for voice, video, and meetings in Microsoft Teams.
The company has said that customers using Skype for Bus. Online will not suffer any disruption in service, or changes to the same between now and July 31st, 2021. However, the blog post mentions that “starting September 1, 2019, we will onboard all-new Office 365 customers directly to Teams for chat, meetings, and calling. Please note that the Skype Consumer service and Skype for Bus. Server will both be unaffected by this announcement.”
MICROSOFT’S MOVE PUTS MORE PRESSURE ON SLACK
Microsoft’s move to push Teams over Skype as its main communications tool. They are trying to put even further pressure on Slack, the successful rival to Microsoft Teams. Slack already showed last year that it was concerned about Microsoft’s Teams software. Microsoft eventually bundled Teams with Office 365 as an optional and free addition. This further change means millions of Office 365 customers will eventually move over to use Microsoft Teams instead of Skype for Business.