Last year Microsoft announced the July 31, 2021 retirement of Skype for Business Online. After that time, the service will no longer be accessible. Below are additional details:

To enable customers to plan and implement a successful upgrade from Skype for Business Online to Teams or Skype for Business Server, Microsoft offers the following resources:

The Skype consumer service and Skype for Business Server products will not be affected by the retirement of the Skype for Business Online service.

In addition to the retirement of Skype for Business Online, customers using Skype for Business Online Cloud Connector Edition and “Hybrid Voice” configurations will require changes as well. Go here to learn more.

Current Skype for Business Online customers with existing Microsoft 365 tenants will experience no change in the service up to its retirement date.

For more detailed information about the Skype for Business retirement, see the Teams blog.

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Understanding End of Service Life

Understanding a piece of hardware equipment’s End of Service Life can be confusing as it varies per vendors. Here are the four key phases that you should know about as you plan out your maintenance and support.


General Availability (GA) is when the product (hardware/software) is brought to market and available for purchase. Support is available directly through the channel you purchased your product.


When a product reaches its End of Life (EOL) or End of Sale (EOS), it means that the OEM is no longer producing or selling that specific product. When an OEM announces the EOL or EOS, this generally starts a 5-year phase-out of the product. Hardware and software support can still be available at this time, depends on where you purchase your product.


End of Development (EOD) for hardware comes when the OEM ceases development and production of that device’s operating system. Software updates and firmware patches are no longer rolled out. Around this time, contract and support renewals may no longer be available.


The End of Support Life, or End of Service Life (EOSL) is the final phase in the data center equipment’s lifecycle. At this point, the OEM no longer sells, provides operating system updates for, or renews support agreements on the hardware.

Now that you have an idea about what EOL is, let’s look at some key dates to ensure you’re ready before it expires.

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