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As of today, no more Skype for Business for new O365 tenants

Roadmap to bring all Skype for Business features and functionality to Microsoft Teams is complete. As of today, October 1st 2018, Skype for Business will not be included for new Office 365 tenants with less than 500 seats. Existing O365 tenants currently using Skype for Business will be able to continue using it until transition to Microsoft Teams is completed.

In case your organization has not done it already, it is strongly recommend you start the transition today. Microsoft Teams has now all the features and functions of Skype for Business. Microsoft has published a lot of information about how to plan and manage the transition. A good place to start: https://skypeandteams.fasttrack.microsoft.com/

Before starting the transition, take a look of new Microsoft Teams & Skype for Business Admin Center:

Unfortunately, as so often with native Microsoft sites and services, you can’t use Microsoft Edge for it. At least I can’t open it in Microsoft Edge browser, whatever I do and however I set trusted sites:

Luckily, using Internet Explorer or any third party browser the new Admin Center opens without issues:

There simply are no reasons to use Skype for Business anymore. Not only has Microsoft Teams everything you had in Skype for Business, but it also has a lot of new features. The organization can have multiple teams, each of them multiple channels. Set up your organization in Teams, create necessary teams like sales, marketing, and so on, invite users to teams according to their position, and let team members to create channels as they see fit.

Happy retirement, Skype for Business. Let’s face it, it is time for you to go.


Additional reading: Microsoft Teams Roadmap

Author: Kari Finn

A former Windows Insider MVP, Kari started in computing in the mid 80’s writing code for VAX / VMS systems. Since then, he’s worked in a variety of IT positions. He specializes in Windows image capture, customization, repair and deployment as well as Hyper-V virtualization. Kari is a proud Team Member at number #1 Windows site TenForums.com.

3 Responses “As of today, no more Skype for Business for new O365 tenants”

  1. CountMike
    October 1, 2018 at 14:16

    Regular Skype desktop is also going away as far as I heard.

  2. October 1, 2018 at 14:22

    Yes, that’s how I have understood it. Support for desktop Skype version 7 ends next month.


  3. Krassi K
    October 8, 2018 at 14:49

    “…, but it also has a lot of new features. ”
    For me this is exactly the reason not to welcome this change. A stand alone tool that does basically one thing well (live communication) rolled up into a complex answer-to-everything. Users who use Skype only few times a week want something simple, easy to navigate and without a lot of other functionality getting in the way. For sure, we’ll be looking out for a replacement stand-alone app once Skype for Business is killed.

    Along the same lines, I was sorry to read that the snipping tool is going the same way.

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