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By Usama Jawad96
Skype for Business Online is being retired today
by Usama Jawad
Two years ago, Microsoft announced that it is retiring Skype for Business Online on July 31, 2021, that is today. It tapped Teams as the successor to the communication tool, and urged organizations to migrate to the company's latest offering as soon as possible. The Redmond tech giant also stated that the move communicates its confidence in Teams. As such, Skype for Business Online is being retired today.
For context, Microsoft has been strongly pushing Teams for both business and consumer use-cases recently. In fact, the software even has deeper integration with Windows 11, and is currently being tested by Insiders. The firm has been planning the migration from Skype for Business Online to Teams since October 2017, with the latter also achieving feature parity in August 2018.
Microsoft says that since it originally announced the retirement date in 2019, it has conducted hundreds of workshops and millions of transitions with customers. Organizations that have not yet upgraded to Teams Only mode will be offered Microsoft-assisted upgrades, which will begin in August 2021. Until their assisted upgrade is complete, they are free to use Skype for Business Online. Once they have been moved to Teams Only mode, they will not be able to revert the change.
For companies which use Skype for Business Online only, a tenant policy change will be applied to shift all users to Teams Only mode. Meanwhile, those in hybrid environments will also be migrated to the same mode but Skype for Business Server users will remain unaffected and on-premises. Microsoft says that most organizations will be transitioned to Teams Only mode within 24 hours of initiating the assisted upgrade process.
Microsoft has published guidance over here for those interested in finding out how to move meetings data and contacts from Skype for Business Online to Teams, among other things. It is important to note that after today, Skype for Business Online will not be accessible, but other related components such as Skype consumer service, Skype for Business Server, and the Skype for Business Online variant running on the China Sovereign Clouds Instance will continue to work as usual.
By Usama Jawad96
Twitter is killing off Fleets, just nine months after its global launch
by Usama Jawad
Back in March 2020, Twitter began testing ephemeral content in the form of Fleets. This was similar to Instagram and WhatsApp's Stories and Status features respectively where content posted in these spaces automatically disappears after 24 hours. In June 2020, it launched the feature in India, before globally rolling it out in November of the same year. Now, just nine months after this launch, Fleets is being killed off.
Twitter says that Fleets was not being used as intended. It was aimed at facilitating users to share content in a "lower-pressure" environment, but it was instead heavily used by people who are already active on the platform and utilized it to promote their tweets and directly engage with their followers. As such, Fleets will be shut down on August 3, 2021.
That said, the failed experiment has brought some valuable insights for the company. It has noticed that people share a lot of media content in Fleets, so the same capabilities will be tested and eventually integrated with the Tweet composer too. These include full-screen camera, text formatting, and GIF stickers. The top part of the Twitter page will not host Fleets after August 3, but it will still be available for live audio conversations. Finally, the company will also be exploring the impact of full-screen vertical ads introduced in Fleets. Twitter says:
Twitter clearly wants its users to engage more on the platform. It will be interesting to see what other features are in the pipeline when it comes to this space.
Congress didn't take the hint, Shuttle was an extremely flawed design. They then cancelled Shuttle replacements (HL-20 & HL-42) a few years later, continuing to fly at high risk. Then came Colombia, and they still kept flying.
Worse; there were several other near disasters the public is largely unaware of.
Only now, 33 years later, are we correcting those mistakes.
By Steven P.
Image via Reuters
The Swedish founder of the Ikea furniture chain, Ingvar Kamprad, has died at the age of 91, the company has announced.
Mr Kamprad died at his home in Småland, Ikea confirmed in a statement.
The company said that Mr Kamprad was "one of the greatest entrepreneurs of the 20th century".
The Ikea founder had faced questions over his past links to the Nazis, which he referred to as the "greatest mistake" of his life.
Who hasn't got Ikea stuff in their home?
By Karan Singh
Microsoft pulls support for Lumia 640 and 640XL
by Gurkaran Singh
It seems that Windows 10 Mobile just can't catch a break even if its fate is all but sealed. In the latest blow to Lumia loyalists, Microsoft is dropping support for the Lumia 640 and 640 XL. This isn't new or even shocking as the company has been omitting devices since the first rollout of Windows 10 Mobile to Windows Phone 8.1 devices.
The Redmond company released the official list of the devices that are still supported:
HP Elite x3 HP Elite x3 (Verizon) HP Elite x3 (Telstra) Wileyfox Pro Microsoft Lumia 550 Microsoft Lumia 650 Microsoft Lumia 950/950 XL Alcatel IDOL 4S Alcatel IDOL 4S Pro Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL Softbank 503LV VAIO Phone Biz MouseComputer MADOSMA Q601 Trinity NuAns Neo Interestingly, the last bastion of Lumias that came with Windows 10 Mobile - Lumia x50s, are still supported. However, it is anyone's guess how long that support will continue. Microsoft has been slowly phasing out Lumias from its portfolio for quite some time now and it seems the trend will continue until none are left.
This might even be the last Windows 10 Mobile update for the current devices, or ever. That said, the devices will continue to get security and servicing updates according to Microsoft’s Support Lifecycle policies.
Source: Microsoft via Windows Central