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Enterprise messaging corner – when is the Skype for Business deadline?

Editor's Column March 1, 2019
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Enterprise messaging corner – when is the Skype for Business deadline?

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Skype for Business deadline

Users of Skype for Business are concerned about the Skype for Business deadline. The upcoming migrations from Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams have got some IT admins desperately looking for the deadline.

Whilst Skype to Teams auto-upgrades for small businesses have kicked in, Microsoft Teams expert, Tom Arbuthnot, confirmed to Patrick Watson on the UC Today podcast, there is no deadline communicated from Microsoft at this time.

“Existing customers are being automatically upgraded from Skype to Teams, unless they opt out. Teams will now be included by default for new Office Pro Plus customers.”


What is the Skype for Business deadline to migrate to Microsoft Teams?
Upgrade Skype to Microsoft Teams

No mention of a Skype for Business deadline at Microsoft Ignite

On the ground at Microsoft Ignite – The Tour in London this week, I scrambled around asking various people about the Skype for Business deadline but my search was fruitless.

Elsewhere, the most relevant learning path for enterprise messaging was “Optimizing teamwork in your organization.” Bruno Lopez, Microsoft MVP, presented what’s new in Microsoft Teams. His slides will be made available here at the end of the week.

James Skay, Senior Product Marketing Manager at Microsoft, also discussed the best practices for enterprises to adopt when migrating from Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams. The session was helpful to the fully fledged Microsoft user but still didn’t address what to do with your Slack users. I have previously posted about that here. Maybe worth a read if you currently run Skype for Business and Slack concurrently – before you upgrade to Microsoft Teams.

No mention of a Skype for Business deadline at Microsoft Ignite The Tour in London
Microsoft Ignite The Tour

Cisco

This week saw our first exhibition of the year. VP of Product, Jacob Ross, and Director of Customer Success, Frank Geck, attended Cisco Collaboration SEVT in San Jose. During the Monday night reception, the team
showcased interoperability between Cisco Webex Teams and Slack.

Frank Geck at Cisco Collaboration SEVT
Frank Geck at Cisco Collaboration SEVT

You can check what other events we’ll be attending and exhibiting at on our collaboration calendar.

Slack

Slack asked an extremely relevant question in their blog this week.

“How would you organize your team’s conversations if you had full control of the spaces you work in?”

The guide covers the three types of messages in Slack (public, private and direct) and is a great steer for those new to Slack. I’d also suggest a read as a refresher for users and admins that use Slack the same way day in day out.

Slack Essentials blog
Slack Essentials blog

What this post doesn’t cover, however, is messaging colleagues on other platforms like Cisco Webex Teams and Microsoft Teams. If you have users that would benefit from messaging from Slack to Webex Teams or MS Teams, there’s some suggested reading here.

Another Slack logo change

Slack also made another subtle change to their logo this week. They’ve replaced the purple background to a plain white – in order to stand out on smartphones. For partners that need to change their branding, check out the media kit here.

Slack logo
Slack logo

Mio

On our blog this week, Rebekah posted some guidelines for businesses planning to migrate from Slack to Cisco Webex Teams.

For teams that use Slack with Microsoft Teams, rather than Cisco Webex Teams, I’ve sourced 4 ways to connect the platforms.

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