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From Oct. 1st, new 500 seats or less Office 365 customers will be Microsoft Teams and will have no Skype for Business Online

Published 28/09/2018 - 0 Comments

 

During the massive flood of Microsoft news this week from Microsoft Ignite, something that has been posted publicly on the Microsoft partner forum is about the more active transition from SfBO to Microsoft Teams:

Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams upgrade:

We recently announced that the roadmap for bringing Skype for Business Online features and functionality into Microsoft Teams is now complete. Teams is now ready to meet your customers’ messaging, meeting, and calling needs. This is a significant milestone for Microsoft together with our partners to upgrade Skype for Business Online with Microsoft Teams as the primary communications client in Office 365. This transition represents an opportunity for you to help your customers realize the benefits of intelligent communications.

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.
  • Microsoft has begun offering automatic upgrades from Skype for Business Online to Teams for Microsoft direct customers. 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.

https://www.microsoftpartnercommunity.com/t5/Products-Discussions/Skype-for-Business-Online-to-Microsoft-Teams-transition-plan/td-p/6259

This probably won’t come as a surprise to those that follow Microsoft Collaboration news, but it’s an indicator that Microsoft is trying to more actively move users from Skype for Business Online to Microsoft Teams.

It’s not clear how Microsoft knows if you have more than 500 users when you spin up a new tenant, as you usually don’t licence all users during initial setup, my guess is you would have to contact Microsoft support to explain you have more than 500 and want Skype for Business Online.

Microsoft also posted a support KB, that confirmed the partner forum posting and confirmed that “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”.

At the below 500 seat count, and brand new tenants, I can’t see many reasons why you would want to go to Skype for Business Online over Microsoft Teams, but it’s interesting to see Microsoft start actively pushing in that direction.

Tom Arbuthnot

Tom Arbuthnot

Principal Solutions Architect at Modality Systems
Tom Arbuthnot is Principal Solutions Architect at Unified Communications specialist Modality Systems. He is a Microsoft Certified Master and MVP, blogger, has a regular podcast with UCToday at tomtalks.show and is a regular speaker at events including Microsoft TechEd and Ignite. He co-runs The Microsoft UC User Group London.

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