Skype for Business is becoming Microsoft Teams aka Azure DevOps

If you’re a Skype for Business user, this may be important for you and your company.

Although there is no end-of-support date for Skype for Business at this time, Microsoft will be focusing on Microsoft Teams (aka Azure DevOps). The transition started earlier in 2018, with the article being referenced coming to light in July 2018.

The reason, is to bring the communication functionality to the Teams (DevOps) platform, and to allow better collaboration. In Microsoft’s words: As users are working on more teams, we see the opportunity to more seamlessly integrate our communication capabilities into Teams so users can have a single place for their conversations, contacts, and content.”

Here is a link giving an in-depth overview:

And in that same article, you have this in reference to the migration, which you’ll need to decide.

Is there a firm deadline by which customers need to move from Skype for Business Online to Teams?

We’ve made our roadmap for Teams available so customers can assess the capabilities for Teams relative to their needs and plan their move to Teams. Customers can determine the timing for moving to Teams that best meets their needs. A great way to stay on top of news about the journey from Skype for Business to Teams is the Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams Capabilities Roadmap—a downloadable PDF (in English only, at least for now) that gives Microsoft’s current expectations about Skype for Business capabilities coming to Teams.

And, finally, Microsoft’s recommendation for migration:

What do you recommend for customers who are currently in the process of deploying—or planning to deploy—Skype for Business in Office 365?

Customers should evaluate the Teams roadmap to determine whether capabilities will meet business needs and timing requirements. If so, they should adjust their strategy to deploy Teams only. Planning and infrastructure investments such as network assessments will accrue to Teams deployment. We encourage all new Office 365 customers to start using Teams, independently of or in parallel with Skype for Business.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us and we’ll be happy to assist you.

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