Skype for Business Online – Retirement scheduled for July 2021

image_thumbIt has been announced some time ago already, Skype for Business Online is being retired on July 31, 2021.

After this date, Skype for Business Online (SfBO) will no longer be available or accessible.

If you are using Skype for Business Online, you need to plan now your migration to Microsoft Teams.

Between now and this retirement date, Skype for Business Online will not receive any service updates – meaning no new features or improvements, off course any security issue (if any) will be fixed.

Until the retirement date, you can continue to use Skype for Business and add new users to the service. In the interim, starting September 1st 2019 new Office 365 customer will be directly onboarded to Teams.

You can start looking at documentation to help you plan and migrate to Teams here https://docs.microsoft.com/en-gb/MicrosoftTeams/upgrade-start-here while you can also start sharing with your end-users this self-service training page to start learning about Teams https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoftteams/instructor-led-training-teams-landing-page

IMPORTANT this retirement does not concern Skype for Business on-premises and/or Skype consumer.

Benoit Hamet
Benoit Hamet
Benoit is working on Microsoft collaborative technologies He has been awarded as MVP for more than 12 years Currently MVP on Office 365 after being awarded on SharePoint (2011-2012) and Windows client & server (2002-2007) Speaker at various Microsoft events (TechDays, TechNet seminars) and Quest Software He works on on-premises (Active Directory, RADIUS/NPS, Exchange, Skype for Business, SharePoint, SQL, Terminal Server, Windows client and Windows Server) or online (Azure, Intune, Office 365, Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Skype for Business Online, Teams) technologies