Microsoft reminds users that Skype for Business Online is going away in six months

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What you need to know

  • Skype for Business Online is closing down on July 31.
  • Microsoft recommends users switch over to Microsoft Teams.

18 months ago, Microsoft announced that Skype for Business Online would be closing down on July 31, 2021. This week, the company has issued a warning (via ZDNet) to customers that they now only have six months to migrate over to Microsoft Teams, as Skype for Business Online crawls closer to its final day.

Microsoft Teams replaces Skype for Business, so it's no surprise that Microsoft wants users to move over to the newer platform. Microsoft's all-in on Teams these days, being a hugely successful product for the company. This week's warning is for customers who are yet to start or have only just started migrating to Teams, as there's now not long left.

Eighteen months ago, we announced the July 31, 2021 retirement of Skype for Business Online. With six months until the service ends, we're focused on helping each of our customers upgrade to Microsoft Teams and enabling more ways to come together and get things done. With six months until retirement, we encourage you to begin planning today to accommodate the technical, process, and user scenarios that may be unique to your organization. But rest assured, there are resources to guide you step-by-step.

If you're a business still using Skype for Business Online, now is the time to start thinking about a migration plan to move your team over to Microsoft Teams. Microsoft has plenty of resources that can help get you started, many of which you can find here.

In the meantime, have you or your organization started the move to Microsoft Teams from Skype for Business Online? Let us know in the comments.

Zac Bowden
Senior Editor

Zac Bowden is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. Bringing you exclusive coverage into the world of Windows on PCs, tablets, phones, and more. Also an avid collector of rare Microsoft prototype devices! Keep in touch on Twitter and Threads