shared mailbox email retention

Copper Contributor

I have a question regarding conversions of user mailboxes to shared mailboxes.  once you convert a user mail box to a shared mailbox and remove the license how long will the email data be retained?  I have been told different things.  

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Indefinitely, as shared mailboxes do not require archives. There are some caveats depending on the size and functionality required, but generally speaking - forever. Disregarding any retention policies you might have in place, etc.
Keep in mind that converting a mailbox to shared does not meet any of the compliance requirements you might have to preserve data. If this is needed, best look into using Inactive mailboxes instead: