Skype for Business Online no longer exists. August 2, 2021 marks the first week of work after the July 31 separation date. Only a handful of exceptional cases can now use it, and even that is temporary.
Microsoft is banking on Teams, and part of that mission is getting rid of some of its Skype brand skin, especially in the form of Skype for Business Online. The only class of users protected from the eradication of the service includes organizations that have scheduled team upgrades after July 31. In other words, the only people still on Skype for Business Online are those who are actively planned to move away in the immediate future.
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Microsoft explains the transition process in more detail in its blog post on the subject:
Organizations that have not made a full transition from Skype for Business Online will be scheduled for a Microsoft-assisted upgrade to help them with the last mile technical steps to access “Teams Only”. Schedule notifications are sent to tenant admins in the Microsoft 365 message center and Teams admin center 90 days before the assisted upgrade date. Even after scheduling, customers can perform the upgrade on their own prior to the assisted upgrade date to have more control over the timing of their upgrade experience.
That being said, Skype itself isn’t going anywhere (yet). Even though the Business Online portion has ceased operations, the consumer iteration of Skype and Skype for Business servers persists. And, in an interesting note from Microsoft, “Skype for Business Online operated by 21Vianet (China Sovereign Clouds Instance)” remains active.
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