Microsoft has announced Skype for Business Online will close on July 31, 2021.

Microsoft is closing Skype for Business in 2021

Microsoft is closing Skype for Business in 2021

The tech giant has decided to axe the video-calling service in order to migrate people to their Teams platform.

They stated that "starting September 1, 2019, we will onboard all new Office 365 customers directly to Teams for chat, meetings, and calling".

In a blog post they explained: "In 2017 we 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, we've worked closely with customers to refine Teams, and we now feel we're at the point that 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 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. (sic)"