Next month marks the end of the native Windows phone apps; Yammer, Microsoft Teams, and Skype for Business.
Considering what has been going on in the industry during the recent years, this hardly comes as a surprise. Still, the announcement came pretty much out of the blue, which has caught many people off guard.
Microsoft is dropping all support for these apps on May 20th, 2018. From that point onward, you will no longer be able to download them from the official Microsoft Store.
According to the company, the apps may continue to stay operational, but there are no guarantees. What is clear, however, is that they will no longer receive any security updates or support from the developers.
Another thing that’s guaranteed is that the Microsoft Teams app will no longer work. If a user tries to connect to the service, the app will throw an error message.
Skype for Business, on the other hand, will continue to receive the company’s support, both for iOS and Android. The same can be said for the desktop PC versions on both Windows and Mac. Microsoft’s guidance mentions that users are advised to access Yammer, Skype for Business, and Teams via the browser.
On a related note, Microsoft has announced that they will retire some of the functions featured in Yammer. This is scheduled for May, spelling out the end for:
– Native org chat feature
– Desktop notifier application
– Recent activity module
For those who want to continue using these features, Microsoft recommends looking into what’s built into Microsoft Office 365.