Microsoft’s Retiring Skype for Business Online on July 31, 2021—What to do

Since September 1, 2019, all new Office 365 customers have been on-boarded directly to Microsoft Teams as the default for chats, meetings, and calls. But what about the customers that have been using Skype for Business Online long before this change? Unfortunately, the end is near. Microsoft announced Skype for Business Online will be retired on July 31, 2021, and after that date the service will no longer be accessible.

I’m Currently Using Skype for Business Online

If you’re still using this tool within your organization, don’t start pulling your hair out just yet. Between now and the retirement, current Skype for Business Online customers will experience no change in service, and they’ll be able to continue to add new users as needed. However, we suggest you start to explore more about Teams and how it will best fit into your organization. Microsoft has developed material that offers guidance to customers that are ready to start their migration to Teams.

Why Is Microsoft Teams Good for my Organization

What are the benefits of switching to Teams? While there are many collaboration tools out there, Microsoft Teams is uniquely well-suited to the modern office ecosystem. With some extra Office 365 education, it can become a powerhouse suite that drives a company’s productivity. In another article, “Microsoft Teams — Features and Benefits for Your Business Collaboration“, we explore a few of the ways in which it outpaces the competition.

What to Consider Before Your Migration to Teams

Teams’ flexibility, reconfigurability, along with its SharePoint and Office 365 Groups integrations, makes MS Teams management complex and time consuming. Here at Cayosoft, we’ve evaluated current customer Teams related issues and created a solution that comes with enterprise level security, allowing administrators to easily manage Microsoft Teams and Office 365 Groups. Cayosoft’s business rules also control Team Membership changes, Microsoft Teams Settings, and Microsoft Teams Channels. These management tools allow any organization to easily manage Microsoft Teams so that Security, Compliance and Efficiency Goals are sustained. Learn more about how these tools will save you time, money, and many headaches here.

 

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