Microsoft Teams Replaces Skype for Business
December 11, 2019
What is Coming?
All good things must come to an end … to make room for something better! Microsoft has opted to retire Skype for Business and is upgrading it with Microsoft Teams. Beginning January 8, 2020, Skype for Business will no longer be available and users will instead transition to Microsoft Teams.
What Should I Expect?
We know how much you rely on technology to get your job done and we are continually exploring ways to simplify the way you work, while ensuring you have the right tools available at your fingertips. You may have already seen Teams pop-up on your desktop and may be wondering what it is or what to do with it. Teams is an all-in-one collaboration and communication solution, integrating chat (IM), online meetings, calling, file management and a project workspace into one interface. Please note, consumer Skype (not Skype for Business) is not affected by this change.
What to expect once you are upgraded
- You will no longer be able to sign into Skype for Business
- You will receive all incoming call and chats (IMs) in Microsoft Teams
What is Microsoft Teams?
You have likely seen communications from the Office of Information Technology about Microsoft Teams over the last several months and are aware of all of the benefits it offers. The upgrade to Teams will provide you one solution for your communication and collaboration needs, and leverages much of what you know about Skype for Business. Even better, it expands what’s possible, integrating chat (IM), online meetings, file management and project workplace.
Teams is a cloud-based chat app that brings together chat, meeting, notes, Office, Planner, PowerBI, and a host of extensions and applications to help teams get work done. Teams offers a threaded view of group and private conversations. You can access these conversations through a user-friendly interface that lets you chat with coworkers, share files and notes, and even contribute to project boards.
Why are we moving to Teams? Here are just a few reasons…
- Simplified communication: Resume a conversation at any time or even send a file when someone is offline.
- Easier collaboration: Reduce the need to juggle between multiple applications with a single “hub” for your project notes, Office files, conversations and meetings.
- Communicate naturally. Customizable memes and giphys make communicating fun, plus @mention capability calls attention to a recipient.
Common Use Cases
Office 365 improves productivity in your specific industry or role, using scenarios and best practices. To learn more about how you can integrate Teams into your daily work, attend a training session with the Help Desk team, visit our Office 365 page or read use cases from the Productivity Library page.
Refer to our Frequently Asked Questions to help you navigate any troubleshooting issues you may experience. You can also refer to our Trainings and Resource page to find helpful information and upcoming hands-on sessions.