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When is the end of the life of the Skype for Business Server?

Learn when support ends for Skype for Business Server products: 2015 and 2019 and prepare yourself for upgrade or migration to Microsoft Teams.

Skype for Business Server is quite an old chatting and calling tool that remembers the old OCS platform. Multiple Skype for Business on-premise versions are still actively used in organizations around the globe. The lifecycle of Skype for Business 2015 and 2019 is limited. Get to know when a specific Skype for Business version ends life.

Get to know the exact dates connected with the end of life of Skype for Business Server products.

End of life of Skype Business Server 2015 and 2019

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General information about Skype for Business Server lifecycle

Skype for Business Server editions are supported based on a fixed schedule. You should know a few rules about the end of life of such products:

  • You need to have the most current Service Pack installed to fit into support and to support the end date
  • You need to remember that other components like Windows Server or Microsoft SQL also need to be supported
  • Fixed dates for the end of life for old Skype for Business products will not be extended

Skype for Business Server product lifecycle contains two main types of support:

  • Mainstream Support
    • Includes free support
    • Feature and bug updates, Service Packs
    • Security updates
    • Possibility to request a non-security update
  • Extended Support 
    • Only paid support
    • Security updates

Skype for Business 2015 end of life

End of life of support for Skype for Business Server 2016:

  • Mainstream support ends at 13.10.2020
  • Extended Support ends at 14.10.2025
  • End of life of Skype for Business 2016 is 14.10.2025

Skype for Business 2019 end of life

End of life of support for Skype for Business Server 2019:

  • Mainstream support ends at 09.01.2024
  • Extended Support ends at 14.10.2025
  • End of life of Skype for Business 2019 is 14.10.2025

What to do when my Skype for Business ends life?

In case your Skype for Business Server is out of support or it is close to the end life date you should consider migrating to Microsoft Teams. You need to remember that  Skype for Business Online is retired in the 2021 year.

Next steps you should plan when your Skype for Business Server ends life:

Do not wait too long with the decision to move to Microsoft Teams. Skype for Business Server is ending its life quite soon.

Conclusion

Learn about the end of life of Skype for Business Server products: Skype for Business Server 2015 and Skype for Business Server 2019. Learn when support ends for Skype for Business on-premise.

End of life of Skype Business Server 2015 and 2019