Effective August 2, 2021, Microsoft Skype for Business Online is retired and is being replaced by Microsoft Teams.
This retirement does not affect the Skype consumer service or Skype for Business Server products.
Organizations who haven’t made a full transition from Skype for Business Online will be scheduled for a Microsoft-assisted upgrade to help with the last-mile technical steps getting to “Teams Only”. Scheduling notifications are sent to tenant admins within the Microsoft 365 Message Center and Teams admin center 90 days before the date of the assisted upgrade. Even after scheduling, customers may self-upgrade prior to the assisted upgrade date to better control the timing of their upgrade experience.
Assisted upgrades begin in August 2021, with tenant-specific dates shared in the scheduling notifications mentioned above. Organizations scheduled for assisted upgrades after July 31, 2021 will be able to use Skype for Business Online until their upgrade is complete.
The assisted upgrade experience will differ slightly depending on the organization’s environment:
- Skype for Business Online-only: The assisted upgrade process will apply the TeamsUpgradeOverridePolicy policy to the tenant. When this policy is applied, all Skype for Business Online users will be placed in Teams Only mode.
- Skype for Business Online users in hybrid environment: The assisted upgrade will only switch Skype for Business Online users to Teams Only mode if they’re not already in that mode. Skype for Business Server users won’t be impacted by the assisted upgrade process and will remain on-premises.
The duration of the upgrade will vary by volume of users and the characteristics of the deployment. In most cases, users within a tenant will be upgraded within 24 hours of the start of the upgrade. During this time, users will still have access to Skype for Business Online. Once the upgrade has completed and users sign out of Skype for Business Online, they’ll start using Teams for messaging, meetings, and calling. Post-upgrade, all new online users will be added in Teams Only mode.
For the announcement and further specifics, please visit: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/microsoft-teams-blog/the-skype-for-business-online-service-has-retired/ba-p/2596601.
For more information on the Microsoft-assisted upgrade, please visit: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/MicrosoftTeams/upgrade-assisted.
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Effective September 8, 2020, Microsoft offers FastTrack support along with improved pricing offers to help Microsoft Skype for Business customers move to Microsoft Teams in a cost-effective manner. Skype for Business Online will be retired on July 31, 2021, and after that date the service will no longer be accessible.
For the announcement, please visit: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/blog/2020/09/08/3-deals-meeting-calling-experiences-microsoft-teams/.
For information on Microsoft FastTrack concerning the transition, please visit: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/fasttrack/skype-for-business-transition-to-teams.
For more details on the retirement of Microsoft Skype for Business, please visit: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/microsoft-teams-blog/skype-for-business-online-to-be-retired-in-2021/ba-p/777833.
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Microsoft announced that Microsoft Skype for Business Online will retire on July 31, 2021, as Microsoft Teams has become the core communications client for Microsoft Office 365.
Note: Neither Skype consumer nor Skype for Business Server will be affected by the retirement of the Skype for Business Online service. Current Skype for Business Online customers will experience no change in the service up to the retirement date.
To align with this schedule, support for the integration of third-party party Audio Conferencing Providers (ACP) into Skype for Business Online has been extended to July 31, 2021, with limited support for remaining active tenants to allow additional time for transition. This is an update in the ACP timeline that was originally announced back in April of 2018.
Please find the official announcement and some helpful guidance here: https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Microsoft-Teams-Blog/Skype-for-Business-Online-to-Be-Retired-in-2021/ba-p/777833.
Microsoft announced the rebranding of Skype Room Systems as Microsoft Teams Rooms. You can find the announcement as well as details of new and upcoming features here:
Microsoft announced the availability of the Microsoft Office 365 Meeting Room per Device Licenses. This licenses cover a Skype for Business device used in a conference room which is not dedicated to a single user and requires a separate telephone number, like a typical conferencing phone. These licenses are available in the following programs: Enterprise Agreement (EA), Enterprise Subscription Agreement (EAS), Worldwide Government Partner, Enrollment for Education Solutions and School. Microsoft Office 365 Meeting Room per Device Licenses without Conference Licenses are offered for the countries which do not offer Audio Conference services.
Microsoft announced that – effective November 1, 2018 – Microsoft Office Server 2019 On-Premises Licenses will be available. Hence, the previous Office Server version licenses will then be removed from the pricelists.
Impacted Product Families:
- Microsoft Exchange Enterprise Client Access License (CAL)
- Microsoft Exchange Server – Enterprise
- Microsoft Exchange Server – Standard
- Microsoft Exchange Standard CAL
- Microsoft Project Server
- Microsoft Project Server CAL
- Microsoft Skype for Business Server
- Microsoft Skype for Business Server Enterprise CAL
- Microsoft Skype for Business Server Plus CAL
- Microsoft Skype for Business Server Standard CAL
- Microsoft SharePoint Enterprise CAL
- Microsoft SharePoint Server
- Microsoft SharePoint Standard CAL
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.