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Microsoft officially announced yesterday that Skype for Business Online will retire on July 31, 2021. Some organizations may be reading this news with panic. You may have just finished a migration and were hoping to not worry about your voice systems. It is valid to have concerns about getting your team to adopt a new platform. You can empower your team with a migration to Microsoft Teams. This is all the information you need to know about the change:

 

The Basics

That is right – Skype for Business Online will officially retire on July 31, 2021. After that you will no longer have access to the service including call, chat, and contact management. Until then, Skype for Business will continue to work without change. This is part of Microsoft’s plan to make Microsoft Teams the new “hub for teamwork”.

Discover new Microsoft Teams features that will transform your organization into a Modern Workplace.

The Plan

When Microsoft launched Teams in 2017 it was clear that it was going to be the future of the modern workplace. Microsoft Teams combines chat, calling, video, and document collaboration into a single, integrated app. It is changing the way that organizations do business. As of this year, we at Apex have rolled out Microsoft Teams as the primary communications app to our entire organization and it has changed the way that we collaborate – for the better!

Organizations who have migrated from Skype to Microsoft Teams have had great success. Microsoft Teams is seeing 13 million daily active users and 19 million weekly active users. The flexible work styles and ability to work from anywhere have made Teams beloved by high-performing organizations around the world. It is a no-brainer: Microsoft Teams is the perfect next step for those who are on Skype for Business Online.

 

The Next Steps

Of course, migrating to Microsoft Teams is not going to happen overnight. To make the process easier, we offer an Ignite service that will kickstart and accelerate your organization to a total Teams migration. Here is what you need to know until then:

Apex Digital Solutions’ Ignite for Microsoft Teams accelerates and kickstarts your transformation with the latest collaboration and communication innovation.

  • Upgrading from Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams is more than just a simple technical migration. It will transform the way your organization and the users within will collaborate and communicate. An adoption plan is vital for a successful rollout.
  • Skype for Business and Microsoft Teams interoperability allows your team to start getting familiar with Teams without totally abandoning Skype for Business right off the bat.
  • Do not wait. The time to start planning your upgrade is now.

We know that migrating to a platform as all-encompassing as Microsoft Teams can be intimidating, but with the right plan and the right Partner your organization can turn this migration into an opportunity to totally scale up your business and transform the way your organization works.

Our assessment sessions and Ignite for Teams kickstarter engagements can accelerate your organization with the Teams platform, driving adoption and instilling Teams best practices within your end users, empowering you to see the outcomes and experience that you seek.

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