The long-running Skype for Business Online will retire on the 31st of July 2021. Although this will be a change for many businesses, the end of Skype for Business means the transition to Teams will occur. The migration to Teams enforces evolution for organisations, as Microsoft deems Teams as the future platform for collaboration and productivity. Microsoft Teams is the next chapter in Microsoft’s vision.
The capabilities that Microsoft Teams has to offer go beyond the capabilities of Skype for Business Online. Teams connect employees via chat, video and calling and offer a variety of apps and capabilities that facilitate a new way of working. Teams is not just an upgrade for Skype for business, but it is a powerful tool that improves productivity and efficiency in the workforce.
What to expect after retirement?
Skype for Business Online will be fully functional through till July 31st which gives time to transition users to Microsoft Teams or to Skype for business server edition.
The time needed to fully upgrade to Teams will vary based upon the unique characteristics of the organisation, including the number of users, technical complexity, and internal adaptability to change. We strongly recommend that you begin your upgrade to Teams today. By starting your upgrade today, you will have ample time to finish it before the retirement date. Teams comes standard with most M365 Business and Enterprise plans, so utilising Teams can be easy with these.
Jasco Consulting is a team of technological experts who understand your business needs. With years of experience migrating customers onto Microsoft Teams, and many success stories, we pride themselves in helping organisations achieve their goals in a stress-free manner. If you require any help with this transition or require any other networking solutions fill in the form below to speak with our experts.