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Skype for Business Online to be retired in 2021

Microsoft recently announced that Skype for Business Online will be retired on July 31st, 2021.

Since 2017, all new Office 365 customers have been encouraged to use Teams instead.

Teams is considered as the “hub for teamwork” in Microsoft 365 and it combines chat, video, calling, and document collaboration into a single, integrated app.

Using Teams, companies across the world are becoming more agile, shortening cycle times, improving the efficiency of key workflows, and cutting out unnecessary overhead. It isn’t just an upgrade for Skype for Business Online, it’s a powerful tool that opens the door to an entirely new way of doing business.

However, with a new tool comes the need for migration and training. It always takes time and effort, especially if you’re using unsupported software or have inflexible IT platforms – but it’s worth doing.

Modernising your workspace brings undeniable advantages to organisations.

If you’re thinking of moving to Teams, we recommend planning a group structure first. This should contain details about which employees need access to which groups – this will help define security permissions and make roll-out a lot easier.

You’ll also want a broad scope and plan before implementation, whilst keeping your ideal future state in mind. This will help ensure the implementation process runs as smoothly as possible.

If you’d like support, or want to move to Teams quickly, we can help. Our team of Microsoft Gold accredited experts can help in any or all stages of your modernisation journey – contact us today.

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