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Skype for Business to permanently shut down this summer

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Microsoft have announced that Skype for Business will be closing on July 31 2021. The news means that any current users of Skype for Business will need to consider transferring over to a new communications platform, as in less than three months it will be unavailable.

What does this mean for your business?

Skype for Business users will be looking for a new communications tool to move their operations to, and the natural successor is Microsoft Teams. Teams has become indispensable for many businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic and a gem for Microsoft. It has ensured communication can remain uninterrupted as businesses transition from office to remote working.

Teams offers businesses easy ways to communicate with colleagues, customers and suppliers through video and audio calls. The video calls, in particular, have become an important way for departments within businesses to stay connected and familiar with one another, during the extended break from face-to-face contact during the last year.

The most useful aspect of Microsoft Teams is its ability to connect with the rest of the Microsoft suite of applications. The connection with Microsoft’s Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) platform, Business Voice gives businesses a fully unified communication platform, allowing a business’ colleagues to stay in sync with one another.

In addition, Teams works seamlessly with Outlook, giving users the ability to arrange and attend video meetings with colleagues, suppliers and customers. The ability to distribute Word documents and statistics from Business Central, allows colleagues to share information with meeting participants with ease.

If you have any further questions about the shutting down of Skype for Business and transitioning to Microsoft Teams, get in touch with our technical team on 01283 753 333 or via hello@neuways.com.

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