Teams, if you want to go faster
MICROSOFT HA RELEASED more than fairies "we know what is best for you" to announce the closure of Skype for Business online.
With a move expected and feared in equal measure, the company confirmed that it will close Skype for Business online at the end of July 2021.
The move represents a push towards its product Microsoft Teams, a Slack-like that recently surpassed Slack in the numbers of users, according to … well, Microsoft, now you say it.
Starting in September 2019, all new Office 365 customers will be "integrated" directly into Teams for Skype's features like chat, file sharing and nausea reduction.
Quoth Microsoft: "In the last two years, we have worked closely with customers to refine the teams and now we believe we can confidently recommend it as an upgrade to all Skype for Business Online customers.
"Customers who have already made the move tell us that the teams not only helped them improve collaboration in general, but they also offered a rare opportunity to rethink the way the work is done in their organizations."
In the meantime, there should be no changes to the service you receive from Skype for Business online, which will continue normally until the closing date, though without doubt with some "useful" pop-ups along the way.
The blog post that announced the closure also indicates some new features that are coming.
These include "Dynamic 911", a way to route calls to your nearest operator, thus eliminating the barriers that make Teams your main telephone service.
Another novelty will be a more granular set of options for storing data. Just as Google has recently done for its accounts, Microsoft has confirmed that soon you will be able to delete your data and start again every day if you wish.
Currently, Skype for plebs and Microsoft Teams cannot communicate with each other. This should be corrected by the end of the year, so you will be able to call a Skype contact directly from Team. Huzzah.
Finally, Microsoft is working with partners to bring the complete integration of the complete VoIP contact center with call compliance registration. The company is really serious about turning the teams into a one-stop shop. μ