The Skype for Business 2019 server includes several new hybrid cloud features and simplifies the migration path from the on-premises product to cloud-based Microsoft Teams.

Microsoft has released the 2019 server for Skype for Business, reaffirming its commitment to the on-premises product for several more years even as it pushes customers to the cloud-based Office 365 suite.

Skype for Business 2019, made available this week, will extend support for on-premises customers through at least 2023. It also improves the platform’s security by adding support for the 1.2 version of the Transport Layer Security protocol for protecting digital communications.

But the 2019 server does not include any substantive on-premises feature upgrades. Instead, Microsoft has focused on making it easier for businesses to begin using certain cloud features, even while keeping calls, messages and user accounts on premises.

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On premise, services are still a big revenue for Microsoft even though they do not talk about it.

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