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 (opens in new tab) would be closing down on July 31, 2021. This week, the company has issued a warning (opens in new tab) (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. (opens in new tab)

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 10 on PCs, tablets, phones, and more. Also an avid collector of rare Microsoft prototype devices! Keep in touch on Twitter: @zacbowden.

  • Microsoft Skype ftw.
  • My work place has already marked the transition from Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams on the road map for this Summer. We'll be making use of both Zoom for Gov and Microsoft Teams moving forward.
  • To bad that Microsoft do not have an replacement for Skype for thoose who can't use cloud services.
  • Sincere question: If you already accept the Internet connectivity needed for Skype for Business, what is the additional concern over a fully hosted version? I assume you must be running S4B server locally, but unless you're limiting chat and calls to participants on an isolated LAN that is cut off from the Internet, moving to Teams is not materially increasing your risk profile. Functionally and from a UX perspective, Teams is a major advance of S4B. There are some things S4B has that are still missing from Teams, but I expect most of the remaining disadvantages will be addressed soon -- Teams development has been rapid and intense, quickly ticking off every requested feature.
  • Another Microsoft success story. Buy the - at the time - most popular text/video chat software. Then proceed to run it into the ground. Today, Skype is dead. S4B sucked. Where I work, we moved off it over a year ago. No, we did not go to Teams.
  • One of the big banks in Denmark still uses it. I've warned them that it's on the sunset in a (for them) little time.
    Of course my warning fell on deaf ears, but that's how it is with personal banking. The tech they rely on is centuries old. I don't see them meeting the deadline and there will likely be a few months with panic until they find a solution.