Skype for Business Online retirement

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Since its launch in 2014, Skype for Business has been one of the most valuable tools for millions around the world in terms of instant messaging, calling, and video. Microsoft has now announced that Skype for Business Online will be retired on July 31, 2021, and after which the service will no longer be accessible. Starting September 1, 2019, Microsoft will onboard all the new Microsoft 365 users directly to Teams for chat, meetings, and calls. The decision to retire Skype for Business comes after carefully analyzing the ability of Teams to do above and beyond what Skype does for businesses. Teams, the hub for teamwork, combines chat, video, calling, and document collaboration into a single, integrated app and has changed the way organizations work. It has helped decrease overheads, improve work efficiency, enhance collaboration, and more for organizations around the globe.

Since the migration to Teams requires time and effort, click here to know how Microsoft plans on helping existing customers migrate to Teams.

Manage Microsoft Teams with M365 Manager Plus.

Once the upgrade to Teams is complete, M365 Manager Plus can help you effectively manage your Teams environment. M365 Manager Plus is a complete Microsoft 365 administrative solution that offers an extensive set of features to effortlessly manage Microsoft Teams from a single, user-friendly console.

Bulk management: Create, update and delete teams, channels, team members, team policies, and more, in bulk by importing a simple CSV file.

Detailed reporting: Gain deep insights into team sizes, user activity, device usage, and more, with pre-configured, comprehensive reports.

Granular auditing: Detect unusual activities or events by auditing team creation, user sign-ins, channel creation, and more.

24x7 monitoring: Ensure around-the-clock monitoring of Microsoft Teams' features and endpoints.

Instant alerting: Get instant alerts for critical events via email. Configure custom alert profiles for Microsoft Teams activities.

Task automation: Automate repetitive management tasks with customized automation policies to save time and enhance productivity.

Help desk delegation: Create custom help desk roles and delegate Teams management, auditing, and more, to non-admin users to reduce admin workload.

To know more about managing your Microsoft 365 environment using M365 Manager Plus, click here.