Microsoft is warning Skype for Business online customers that they are approaching the service deadline, which falls on July 31. The date marks the end of a relatively brief chapter in Microsoft's Skype business. Skype for Business was launched in 2015, four years after it acquired Skype for $8.5 billion.
Microsoft has been pushing online Skype for Business customers to move to Microsoft Teams for the past two years. The company said it has supported the migration of millions of Skype for Business customers online to Microsoft Teams. It also provided reminders in February and April as the deadline approaches. The company also provides assistance to clients who have not yet relocated. The software giant currently has 145 million daily active users on Microsoft Teams.
One month before the service is retired, we encourage remaining customers to continue moving users to Microsoft Teams, the Microsoft Teams unit said in a blog post. The assistive upgrades coming in August are intended to help organizations transition to Microsoft Teams.
Administrators must receive scheduling notifications in the Microsoft 365 Message Center and Microsoft Teams admin center 90 days before the upgrade begins. Customers can continue to upgrade their systems themselves before the assisted upgrade begins.
Microsoft also notes that organizations that book assistive upgrades after July 31 can still use the app until the upgrade is complete. The company expects that most supported migrations take 24 hours to complete. While this is happening, customers can access the messaging app's functionality.
After upgrading to Microsoft Teams, organizations have access to Microsoft Teams messaging, meetings, and calls. Then all newly connected users have added to Teams Only mode. Microsoft also warned that services that integrate with Skype for Business Online will not be supported after July 31. This includes support for third-party audio conferencing providers, mixed audio configurations, and meeting broadcasts.