On August 2, 2019 Microsoft officially announced the end of life for Skype for Business.
The end of life program will conclude on July 31, 2021. When the program concludes, the integration of Skype for Business with third-party audio conferencing providers will stop working and the following changes will be observed on that date (July 31, 2021):
- Participants who attempt to join any Skype for Business meeting via dial-in numbers provided by a third-party ACP service will no longer be connected to the Skype for Business meeting.
- Users enabled for a third-party ACP service will no longer have their dial-in information automatically included in any new Skype for Business meeting invites.
Read the full announcement here: “End of life program for the integration of Skype for Business with third-party audio conferencing providers.”
Migrating from Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams
Skype for Business will be retired on July 31, 2021, after which it will no longer be accessible or supported. While the Skype for Business service will be fully functional through July 31, 2021, Microsoft encourages customers to begin their upgrade journey today, allowing ample time to complete their upgrade prior to the retirement date.
Microsoft Teams extends the capabilities of Skype for Business, bringing together chat, meetings, calling, collaboration, app integration, and file storage into a single interface. This new central hub for teamwork can help streamline the way users get things done, improving user satisfaction, and accelerating business outcomes. Read Microsoft’s guide to upgrading here: “Getting started with your Microsoft Teams upgrade.”
Mr. Sharepoint has assisted numerous companies across various industries with their migration to and deployment of Office 365 – including features such as Microsoft Teams. The team at Mr. Sharepoint can help your company navigate the process of migrating from Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams in a manner that will boost collaboration and productivity with little, to no, downtime.
Further, the process of migrating to Microsoft Teams provides an instance to examine all of your business processes and to look for additional steps and tools to increase efficiency. Contact us to learn more about migrating from Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams.