Monthly Archives: July 2019

Breaking! Skype Online Retiring On July 31st, 2021!

We’ve known this was happening for a long time, and we’ve finally got a date. Skype for Business will be retiring in about two years from today, on July 31st, 2021. The service will no longer be accessible at that time, that means no opening a support ticket to back out of Teams. Two years happens fast, so if you haven’t started your migration, you’re already behind. While Skype and Teams don’t have complete feature parity, the vast majority of it is there, enough that even an old Skype salt like me is comfortable. Get moving!

Official announcement is here:

Reminder: Quarterly Chicagoland Teams User Group

Quick reminder for those of you in the Chicago area, July 10th is our quarterly Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business user group.

These are always fun and valuable, and a great place to network with your peers and make those relationships.  Vendors and local experts attend regularly as well so it’s a place to get those questions answered too!

This time around there are two sessions, the first I’ll be presenting on Extending Teams: Revisiting Bots, Connectors, and Messaging Extensions. Then we’ll talk about all that’s new in Microsoft Teams. It’s always a ton of fun.

To register or to find other local groups visit

Please note this meeting will be held at the Downtown Microsoft Office in the Aon Building (200 E. Randolph, Suite 200).