Microsoft is discontinuing some of its apps as it appears to re-evaluate their usage. Outlook Customer Manager and Microsoft Invoicing are the two SMB apps to get the axe, with the former retiring on June 30, 2020.
Customer Manager is part of the Office 365 Business Premium plan and will become unavailable as part of the subscription on that date. Meanwhile, ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley says officials are telling customers Invoicing will be retired on February 8, 2020.
“To help customers who have been using Microsoft Invoicing, we’ve worked with Invoice2Go to offer the eligible customers a special one-year subscription”, a spokesperson told ZDNet. “Similarly, to help customers who have been using Outlook Customer Manager to track customers and deals, we’ve worked with Nimble CRM to offer eligible customers a free one-year subscription. Customers will receive a unique promo code to take advantage of these offers.”
Skype Translator is Being Replaced
Meanwhile, Microsoft is retiring Skype Translator, though similar functionality will remain in Skype. As noted by Neowin, Skype 8.54 introduces Translated Conversations. Users can send a translation request from a recipient’s profile, with languages automatically translated into the user’s device language.
This is admittedly a more streamlined system than the translation bot. There’s no ‘extra’ member of the conversation and there’s less room for confusion. Unfortunately, the same wealth of languages doesn’t appear to be supported in Translated Conversations at this time.
According to a support page, 11 languages are available. Comparatively, the bot had 50 text languages and 50 text ones. Microsoft is yet to comment about whether the others will be added with time.
The currently supported languages are English UK and US, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. Meanwhile, both users will need to be on 8.54 or up to use this feature, so be sure to update as soon as possible.