Your Skype for Business replacement guide

Tick Tock. Skype for Business Server is shutting down in:

16

Months

17

Days

10

Hours

30

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It’s no secret

Microsoft is neglecting on-premise communications and doesn’t offer a viable replacement for Skype for Business Server. In the absence of ongoing support, updates, and security patches, S4B users could be exposed to potential security risks and compliance lapses.

What to do next?

Follow our step-by-step guide for choosing a Skype for Business
alternative that best fits the needs of your organization.
01

Understand important dates

If cloud-based Microsoft Teams is not an option for your
organization and you want to be ready before October 2025, the
time to act is NOW.
October 13, 2020
Mainstream Support end date
January 9, 2024
Mainstream Support end date
October 14, 2025
Extended Support end date
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Skype for Business Server 2019
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Skype for Business Server 2015
October 13, 2020
Mainstream Support end date
October 14, 2025
Extended Support end date
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Skype for Business Server 2015



January 9, 2024
Mainstream Support end date
October 14, 2025
Extended Support end date
02

Ask the right questions to evaluate S4B alternatives

Questions to ask when looking for the
right replacement

Get our whitepaper to learn about the:
  • Implications of Skype for Business Server’s end of life
  • 6 factors you should consider when seeking an SFB Server
    alternative
  • Comparison matrix to help you identify the ideal replacement
    for Skype for Business Server.
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Shortlist the viable Skype for Business alternatives

Skype
Teams
Cisco Webex
Element
Mattermost
Wickr
Wire
Rocket.Chat
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Open source license
Deploy on-premise or in a private cloud
Air-gapped deployment
E2EE
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Custom roles and permissions
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Message moderation
Secure guest access
Omnichannel customer/citizen service

Rocket.Chat included in the
Secure Communications
Solutions Landscape, Q2
2024 by Forrester

Forrester's report (subscription required) dives into the market's current state and offers insight into how vendors can provide solutions for various use cases.
Read more
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Keep in mind MS Teams is now unbundled from Office

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MS Teams unbundled from Office [+3 reasons
why it matters]
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MS Teams Unbundled: Why Now Is The Right Time
To Move To a Secure Collaboration Tool
05

Contact us for a free Skype consultation and migration call

Connect with our sales team.

Our pre-sales and sales teams are happy to assess your needs and answer any questions about Rocket.Chat.
  • Get a free Skype for Business consultation
  • Understand how to migrate from S4B to Rocket.Chat
  • Get Rocket.Chat pricing
  • Get a customized Rocket.Chat demo

Microsoft Teams in the news

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Microsoft security breaches rile US government customers.
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More Skype for Business resources for you

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Blog
Skype for Business End of Life: what you can do about it
Learn more
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Blog
6 top Skype for
Business alternatives [except MS Teams]
Learn more
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Why organizations use Rocket.Chat
over MS Teams and S4B?
Learn more