Microsoft Teams has begun to replace Skype for Business Online. This change is progressing in waves and the first one started already 1.10.2018.
Microsoft Teams is now the primary client for meetings and calling in Office 365. Teams takes over as the official communication tool for Office 365.
What does this really mean?
If you have an Office 365 tenant, where Skype for Business Online is enabled – no worries. Skype for Business stays enabled still for a while. You can add new seats to your tenant and these users can use Skype for Business just like the existing users.
Skype for Business Online won’t be available if your organization creates a new Office 365 tenant with less than 500 seats. The users in these new tenants will only use Microsoft Teams for communications and will not have access to Skype for Business Online anymore. Check Microsoft Support Portal for information.
If you need to connect to the phone system, you can configure Direct Routing to Teams.
I already covered Office 365’s new releases in my September webinar (only in Finnish) and gave a few insights on how to start planning for Skype for Business – Teams migration. I also shared information about Microsoft’s plans on how to progress with the migration and how Microsoft is already executing automated migrations to Teams. In addition, I speculated that this wouldn’t happen too soon. I was wrong.
Petri.com shared details regarding the next steps of the Teams migration. In the beginning of November Microsoft will start offering automatic migration service for Office 365 tenants with less than 500 seats. Admins will get advance notifications and they can delay the upgrade. But not forever.
Migration is a logical next step, but the schedule is tight. At this point, it is a good idea for Office 365 Administrators to keep an eye on Office 365 Admin Center announcements.
It is most likely, that the first wave of migration will not apply to all existing tenants. Skype For Business Online will support third party audio conferencing until April 1st, 2019. It is therefore likely that these tenants are excluded from the first wave of migration. Also, on-premise and hybrid installations will be excluded from the first wave as it only applies to cloud environments. Additionally, the new Skype for Business Server 2019 will be launched very soon. The support for this version of Skype for Business will be strong for quite some time.
We will update this blog as we get updates and additional information regarding the migration (which tenants it applies to, what is the criteria, how long the migration can be postponed).
Is your organization ready for the transition? Do your users know what is going to change?
Today is a good day to start planning for the migration.
Even if your organization will not be in the first wave of the November migration offer, it is a good idea to start planning now – when and how your organization will migrate from Skype for Business to Teams. Early planning gives you good control and time to educate and motivate your employees for the upcoming change. You can do the migration by yourself or use your partner to help you out.
Microsoft Teams is a great tool that can help you boost collaboration, innovation and transparency in your organization. It is, after all, your interface to information work.
Skype for Business to Teams migration is technically a small change in online environment. But for your employees the change is huge.
Are you deploying Microsoft Teams in your organization? Do you struggle with getting people involved and committed to using Teams? How to gain best benefits out of this tool and these new working methods? How to avoid or decrease the change resistance? We can help you out in making the change happen smoothly.
We are happy to have a conversation with you on the new possibilities Teams offers. We can help you out with:
- Speaking with your main stakeholders and explaining how Teams can support your business and daily work, and what Teams is really about
- Clarifying what technical and administrative measures are needed to succeed in migrating from Skype for Business Online to Microsoft Teams
- Mapping the baseline and objectives: What problems do you want to solve, what will change, what will stay the same
- Training your employees and discovering the best practices for your different user groups
- Designing a Teams structure for your organization as well as drafting basic team templates
- Inspiring and encouraging your organization's management into using Teams
Principal Consultant, Digital Experience, Microsoft MVP
Vesa is a Principal Consultant in the area of Modern Digital Workplace and Collaboration at Innofactor and a Microsoft MVP for Office Apps and Services. He believes that modern collaboration culture, tools and methods can increase creativity, productivity and make the silent knowledge loud. Vesa has 20+ years of Information Technology experience in various industry domains. For past 10+ years he has been specializing in Digital Workplace and Technology Adoption utilizing Office 365, Microsoft Teams and SharePoint -based solutions across many different sectors. Vesa's Microsoft Teams focused personal blog can be found here: https://myteamsday.com/