Microsoft Teams replacing Skype for Business Online in 2021

Microsoft have announced that Skype for Business Online will be retired on July 31st, 2021 – and replaced with Microsoft Teams.

By the way, it’s nothing new that Skype for Business Online was to be replaced by Teams – however, now that Microsoft have released a date, users can begin to plan for the obsolescence, by getting acquainted with Microsoft Teams.

From September 1, 2019,  new Office 365 customers will be on-boarded directly to Teams for chat, meetings, and calling.

What is Microsoft Teams?

Microsoft Teams is, essentially, the replacement for Skype for Business. A desktop and mobile app as part of Microsoft’s suite, on a basic level . Teams allows users to call, video chat and instant message each other. On a more sophisticated level, users can utilise Teams to simultaneously collaborate on documents and communicate in, well, teams.

Therefore, as Microsoft pushes collaboration as part of its Office 365 offering, Teams is the perfect app to bring users together. Sharing documents and discussions all in one place without the users needing to be in a physical location together is essential for many businesses. With flexible working now almost commonplace, Microsoft Teams takes advantage of Cloud tech to make its users’ lives easier.

How is Teams better than Skype for Business Online?

Because of the above, Microsoft now confidently view Teams as a significant upgrade from Skype for Business Online for its customers. But what makes it so useful? Teams can:

  • Improve communication within your business; from simple day-today comms to long-term, heavy projects
  • Allows you to choose the way you work with your colleagues
  • Edit documents together
  • Video and IM chat
  • Integrate with other Microsoft apps to keep processes simple and straightforward
  • Keep your team secure – admin control and permissions make it easy to govern
  • Transcribe and record meetings

For support and guidance around all things Skype for Business and Microsoft Teams, just get in touch and our experts will be happy to help.

Read our guide here on how to improve internal communication within your organisation.

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