Just Microsoft Teams and no Skype for Business Online anymore?

Microsoft Teams Cover

A few weeks ago, Microsoft announced that the roadmap for Microsoft Teams had been completed. During the Microsoft Ignite Conference a community admin posted in the Partner Portal a text regarding 2 important dates:

Upcoming Key Dates:

  • Starting Oct. 1st, new Office 365 customers with 500 seats or less will be onboarded to Microsoft Teams and will not have access to Skype for Business Online. Tenants that are already using Skype for Business online will be able to continue doing so (including provisioning new users) until they complete their transition to Microsoft Teams.
  • Starting November 1st, we will begin offering partner associated customers automatic upgrades from Skype for Business Online to Teams.  Tenant Administrators will be given advance notification via email and through the Office 365 Message Center.

That means, that if companies create a new Tenant with 500 seats or less, there will be no possibility anymore to choose their preferred communication platform. Anyway, I do not see a problem to use only Microsoft Teams: In my opinion it is much better than Skype. For Example, the quality of audio & video, the overall functions and the integration. You can connect a lot of external tools and interact with them. I do not see any reason to go with the good old Skype for Business anymore – do you?

Acceptance of Microsoft Teams

Of course, some important features, such as “presence” do not work in Outlook at the moment. According to the roadmap, the rollout of this feature will take place soon. Based on a Twitter post from Tony, there is already a growth in organizations using Microsoft Teams. This means, a lot of companies have already started the migration.

I’m curious to see how long it will take before it is possible to only work out of Microsoft Teams. E-mail integration is already on the roadmap, so nothing stands in the way of the powerful all-in-one solution.
Have you already switched to Microsoft Teams?

Author: Patrick

I am Patrick Riedl, and as you can see I am totally Microsoft enthusiastic. Through my work as a Cloud Architect and with my background in IT- & information-security, I always try to be ahead of the times. I hope to give back some knowledge to the online community with this website and I am always looking forward to feedback!

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