MS Teams and Skype for Business transition is coming: Are you ready?

Administrators of Office 365 be warned…the Teams/Skype for Business migrations are going to be coming and you need to start being proactive sooner rather than later.  Most of us have already got the “Teams & Skype” admin center but we can still utilize the Services & add-ins section to manage tenant wide settings we don’t have access to in the new admin center. As you may have already guessed that’s going to be changing, quickly. 

On August 2nd, 2018 we got the Office 365 Message alert to plan for change as Microsoft is streamlining settings in Teams and Skype for Business.  I highly recommend heading over to your own Office 365 Admin center to check out the message but the gist of it is that if you have MS Teams disabled tenant wide via the Services and add-ins setting that setting will no longer be valid as early as August 30th, 2018.  What this really means is that to control MS Teams usage within your organization you will need to use PowerShell to set the licensing options of each individual or take advantage Azure AD Group Based Licensing (Provided you have Azure AD Premium).  Thankfully Microsoft gives you a link directly to the documentation to manage user access to Microsoft Teams.

Microsoft notified us about this change in March of 2018 so it’s not like they are “dropping a bomb” on us but if you are responsible for an Office 365 environment it’s time to start taking this transition seriously.  I have a feeling we are going to be seeing more and more changes in the coming months in relation to this merger.  You can get details on this transition from Microsoft at the following locations (In order I would recommend reading them😉):

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