Notice of Skype for Business Online Retirement

Microsoft announce that Skype for Business Online will be retired on 31 July 2021. Customers will be migrated to Teams between now and then, and starting 1 September 2019 new Office 365 customers will be onboarded directly to Teams. It’s worth noting that this announcement doesn’t affect either the Skype Consumer service or Skype for Business Server. You can find the announcement here: http://bit.ly/2KreuaK with further details, including customer information on migrating to Teams. There’s also a link to Forrester’s whitepaper: “The Total Economic Impact of Microsoft Teams”, or find it here: http://bit.ly/33oWVPW.

Microsoft Teams Trial in CSP.

Microsoft Teams

Microsoft announce at Inspire that they’re launching a trial of Teams in CSP from 1st August, 2019. It’s aimed at customers who have yet to see the value of the cloud, or who are perhaps using a standalone service such as Exchange Online.

Watch the 20-minute session that covers this new offer here: http://bit.ly/2Z9s0o6, with this particular slide at 13:13.

Microsoft Kaizala

Microsoft Kaizala is a simple and secure mobile chat app for work – think the WhatsApp you know with a whole load of features added for businesses.

If you’re new to the world of Kaizala you can download the free mobile app for your iPhone or Android phone, and there’s a great interactive demo to get you started here: http://bit.ly/2X27wN4.

Kaizala Pro adds additional management and reporting features and you can see a summary of these additional features at the bottom of this page: http://bit.ly/2X3mVwI. A recent announcement from Microsoft confirms that Kaizala Pro is rolling out globally from April 2019 and is included in Office 365 F1, E1, E3, E5, Business Essentials, and Business Premium licences.

We can also expect Kaizala functionality integrated into Teams in the next 12-18 months. Find that announcement here: http://bit.ly/2EzHp92.

Skype for Business Online and Microsoft Teams

Skype for Business Online features and functionality are moving into Microsoft Teams. From a licensing perspective, additional services such as Audio Conferencing and Phone System will continue to be Add-on licences, and from a technical perspective from 1st October, 2018 new Office 365 customers with less than 500 seats will be onboarded to Microsoft  Teams and will have no access to Skype for Business Online.

This is a useful FAQ with lots of information on the whole Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams upgrade topic: http://bit.ly/2pL5Rwz.