Microsoft Skype for Business Online Plan 1 Retirement

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Microsoft announces that Skype for Business Online Plan 1 will be retired, effective August 1, 2018.

Current customers have many transition paths for their users to maintain Plan 1 functionality or higher, such as:

  • Skype for Business Online Plan 2
  • Office 365 Business, Business Essentials, Business Premium, F1, E1, E3, E5 (or Microsoft 365 Business, F1, E1, E3, E5).

Further information on the transition paths can be found here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/partner-center/skype-retiring

Microsoft Common Area Phone available

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Microsoft has announced the Common Area Phone Device Subscription License (DSL). Common Area Phone is a Device License intended for phones that are deployed as standalone, shared devices in locations such as break rooms, reception areas, shop floors etc. It is a standalone license with no purchase prerequisites.
The Microsoft Common Area Phone Device Subscription License combines two sets of capabilities:

  • Skype for Business Online Plan 2 including presence, instant messaging and in this context more important: conferencing
  • Phone System, which was previously known as Cloud PBX, and allows customers to replace their on-premises Private Branch Exchange (PBX) with a cloud-based system

This license is available in Enterprise Agreement, Enterprise Agreement Subscription, Enrollment for Education Solutions, and Government Community Cloud.