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    Skype for Business will Sunset in 2021

    Microsoft just announced that Skype for Business Online will be retired on July 31, 2021. This post gives you details on the retirement plan, a brief explanation of why they are making this announcement now, and a summary of how we can help you migrate to Teams. If you’re a current Skype for Business Online customer, start planning your migration today.  MessageOps is committed to helping you every step of the way.


    What is the Skype for Business Retirement plan?

    Skype for Business Online will be retired on July 31, 2021, and after that date the service will no longer be accessible. Between now and then, current Skype for Business Online customers will experience no change in service, and they’ll be able to continue to add new users as needed. However, starting September 1, 2019, all new Office 365 customers will be onboarded directly to Teams for chat, meetings, and calling. Please note that the Skype Consumer service and Skype for Business Server will both be unaffected by this announcement.

    Why is Microsoft making this announcement now?

    In 2017, they launched Microsoft Teams as “the hub for teamwork” in Microsoft 365. Teams combines chat, video, calling, and document collaboration into a single, integrated app – and enables an entirely new way of working. Over the last two years, they’ve worked closely with customers to refine Teams, and now feel it’s at the point that they can confidently recommend it as an upgrade to all Skype for Business Online customers. Customers who have already made the move tell us that Teams not only has helped them improve collaboration generally, it has also provided a rare opportunity to rethink the way work gets done in their organizations. Using Teams, companies across the world are becoming more agile, shortening cycle times, improving the efficiency of key workflows, and cutting out unnecessary overhead. Teams isn’t just an upgrade for Skype for Business Online, it’s a powerful tool that opens the door to an entirely new way of doing business.

    Learn more about the potential benefits of Teams for your organization with the recently published Forrester white paper “The Total Economic Impact of Microsoft Teams.”

    Start Leveraging the Power of Teams

    If you are currently using Skype for Business Online, Teams is included with most Office 365 business plans. Teams extends the capabilities of Skype for Business, enabling people to connect, communicate and collaborate from within a single interface, streamlining the way users work. Champion can help you experience this full suite of communication and collaboration capabilities in a single client experience. Start your Teams journey by leveraging any of these services that best fit your business needs.

    Customer Immersion Experience (CIE)

    Champion can help you accelerate the adoption of Teams by delivering a half or full-day on-site or virtual CIE, which includes an interactive hands on-delivery/demo where customers engage with a variety of devices (tablet, PC, smartphone) to consume common work-related scenarios. Customers can explore and discover Teams using a virtual “sandbox” environment populated with data, files, personas, and Microsoft solutions at their own pace.

    Discovery & Planning Session / Workshop

    Leverage an onsite Teams Workshop to assess your preparedness to deploy the workload.

    • Gain a deeper knowledge of Microsoft Teams to enhance your organizations capabilities to plan, deliver and operate Microsoft Teams​
    • ​Build the foundation of Microsoft Teams in your organization to allow for unimpeded, organic growth​
    • ​Start thinking through the Microsoft Teams journey within your organization​

    Need Teams training? We have over 10 training videos on Microsoft Teams. Start a trial today at www.Office365Training.com.

    Teams Simple Start™

    If you are looking to launch Teams quickly and easily, Champion can help you take  the most commonly used features of Chat (Instant Messaging) and Meetings to ensure that you deploy them effectively, quickly, and train your teams properly.  If you want tried and true features that are used by the most successful Teams users, then our Simple Start™ program is for you. This offering includes Teams setup and training for your Administrator and up to 20 users / business influencers.

    Deployment, Adoption & Customization for Teams Corporate Rollout

    This is designed around a proven, success framework, inclusive of an end-to-end process that enables you to plan, coexist, prepare users and upgrade when your organization is ready. We will provide you with a detailed checklist to ensure you’ve completed all of the key activities in preparation for your journey to Teams.

    Success doesn’t end when your deployment is complete. To realize the goals and business outcomes you established at the start of this project, your strategy should also include a plan to support the change ongoing to ensure the change sticks.

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