Skype For Business Discontinued

Jul 30, 2019 Microsoft has announced that it is retiring the Skype for Business Online service, giving users until the end of July, 2021 to continue using it (via ZDNet). After this date, the online version of. May 05, 2021 Skype for Business Online will be retired on July 31, 2021. If you haven't upgraded your Skype for Business Online users to Microsoft Teams before that date, they will will be automatically scheduled for an assisted upgrade. If you want to upgrade your organization to Teams yourself, we strongly recommend that you begin planning your upgrade path today. Sometimes this means that we may discontinue certain Skype features or products when we feel they can no longer help you get the most from Skype. The following is a list of features that have been discontinued in Skype: Spotify in Skype: A feature that enabled you to share a preview of your favorite songs with your friends and family.

Microsoft has pretty much given up development on Windows Phone - which includes Windows Phone 8.1 losing mainstream support in July 2017, and Windows 10 Mobile no longer being a focus for the company, according to Joe Belfiore in October 2017.

Now, Microsoft has also announced that it is discontinuing several apps developed by the company for Windows phone devices.

The following three apps are being officially discontinued by Microsoft:

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  1. Skype for Business
  2. Microsoft Teams
  3. Yammer

The Skype for Business app was made available to Windows Phone users in August 2015, and it made its way to Android and iOS later as well. Microsoft Teams replaced Skype for Business in September 2017, while Yammer made its way to Windows Phone way back in 2013.

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However, all three apps are being discontinued for Windows Phone on May 20, 2018, and will not be available to download from the Store after the aforementioned date. Microsoft has also clarified that it will not be offering support or updates for the apps.

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After May 20, existing users of Skype for Business and Yammer Windows phone apps will continue to work, but Microsoft offers no 'guarantees' after the date. Meanwhile, Teams will stop working altogether, and users will be greeted by an error message when they try to connect.

Skype For Business Discontinued

Skype For Business Discontinued

As such, Microsoft has recommended that Skype for Business users migrate to Android, iOS, or the desktop applications for the service. On the other hand, Teams and Yammer users have been advised to utilize the services in their mobile browser.

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While the company has offered no specific reason for killing support, it has stated that Microsoft 'continues to support Windows 10 Mobile, we are not focused on building new features for the system'. The firm will now be focusing its efforts on the Android, iOS, and desktop counterparts of all three apps.

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Source: Microsoft via Dr. Windows