Skype for Business Server Subscription Edition will be released in 2025

The cumulative updates to the existing Skype for Business versions will be released later this year.

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Skype for Business

In the fast-moving technology world, Microsoft’s recent news about the future of Skype for Business has grabbed attention. The big tech company has shared details of its next important version, Skype for Business Server Subscription Edition (SE), which is planned to be released in 2025 Q3.

This is a noteworthy step as it shows progress in developing Skype for Business and highlights Microsoft’s dedication to offering strong communication options for businesses.

Skype for Business Server SE, the next release of Microsoft Skype for Business Server, will be available for download from the Microsoft 365 admin center (previously the Microsoft Volume License Service Center) in early Q3 of 2025.


As we approach the end of life for the existing Skype for Business Server 2019 edition, Microsoft is preparing to launch its eighth cumulative update—CU8—probably in the second half of 2024. This upcoming release brings with it some interesting features, including Persistent Chat (PChat), where users can create topic-centered discussion rooms with ongoing conversations.

This attribute, dependent on user inputs, demonstrates Microsoft’s commitment to improving company cooperation and interaction.

Nevertheless, time is running out for Skype for Business Server 2019 and its precursor, the 2015 iteration. They are both nearing their end-of-support date of October 14th, 2025.

As a replacement, we have Skype for Business Server SE, which intends to provide an effortless changeover with matching hardware specifications and operating system demands. It also offers a similar licensing model to SharePoint Server Subscription Edition or Exchange Server Subscription Edition.

This means there will be no service disruption when businesses upgrade because the current infrastructure can handle the new edition.

In the official blog post, Microsoft suggests a two-step upgrading procedure for organizations utilizing the older Skype for Business Server 2015. They advised shifting to Skype for Business Server 2019 and applying for the CU8 upgrade late this year.

This method prepares businesses for eventual change to SE of Skype for Business Server and guarantees they can enjoy the newest characteristics and enhancements during transition time.

Skype for Business Server SE is greatly awaited by businesses worldwide, eager to use its improved features to foster better communication and cooperation. Microsoft’s history of providing high-end technology solutions gives hope that the future of business communication will be even brighter.

As we approach the release date, tech people wait with anticipation to see how this new product will transform their work in connecting, communicating, and collaborating within the business field.

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