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The subscription edition of Microsoft’s Skype for Business Server will launch in the third quarter of 2025

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Microsoft has released some new guidance on when it will launch Skype for Business Server Subscription Edition (SE). This will be the next major version of its Skype for Business Server application, replacing the current Skype for Business Server 2019 release,

in a blog post, Microsoft has stated that Skype for Business Server 2019 will receive its eighth cumulative update, also known as CU8, sometime in the second half of 2024. The company says that CU8 will add several new features, including persistent chat. The blog post reads:

PChat allows users to create discussion rooms focused on specific topics, with these conversations lasting over time. Based on valuable feedback from our user community, we are providing an option to install PChat in our next CU.

The modern management control panel will also get some new features in CU8, including a new instant and presence messaging tab, real-time monitoring and archiving capabilities, centralized security settings, and more.

However, Skype for Business Server 2019, along with the earlier Skype for Business Server 2015, will both reach their end-of-support date of October 14, 2025. In its place, the company plans to launch Skype for Business Server SE sometime in the early part of the third quarter of 2025 Microsoft says the hardware, operating system, and other requirements for Skype for Business Server 2019 will remain the same for Skype for Business Server SE.

The post added:

The licensing model for Skype for Business Server SE is the same as SharePoint Server Subscription Edition and Exchange Server Subscription Edition, which require subscription licenses or licenses with active Software Assurance for server and user licenses.

Businesses that have the earlier Skype for Business Server 2015 are advised to update to Skype for Business Server 2019, then get the CU8 upgrade later this year, and then finally upgrade in place to the upcoming Skype for Business Server SE when it launches. Skype for Business Server 2019 can upgrade to CU8 in 2024, and also do their own in-place update when Skype for Business Server SE launches.

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