Skype for Business will be transitioning to Microsoft Teams on Feb 25, 2021

UIT Service Advisory


Please share this information with your teams.  

Microsoft will be disabling Skype for Business on July 31, 2021.  After this date, the service will no longer be accessible.  As a result, we are excited to announce that we will be transitioning Skype for Business accounts over to Microsoft Teams in advance to ensure we are not impacted by this deadline.  

Teams will provide users with one solution for all their communication and collaboration needs.  Teams leverages much of what you know and love about Skype for Business and expands what’s possible, integrating chat (IM), online meetings, calling, file management and a project workspace all into one interface.

York will transition from Skype for Business to Teams on February 25, 2021, after which Teams will be York’s communications and collaboration service, and Skype for Business will be decommissioned.  All existing Skype contacts and meetings will be moved over to Teams seamlessly on that date.  All communication that would go to Skype for Business will reach users via Teams.  All communication users send via Teams to Skype for Business contacts outside of York (who do not have Teams) will reach those contacts as before.

Initial notice to the UIT-IT@York Team under Office 365 Updates and to targeted Skype for Business users went out on January 26, informing them of the upcoming switch to Teams.

Since February 9, users got a banner in their Skype for Business Client indicating that an upgrade to Teams is available.  This is a reminder to make sure they have the Teams client installed and to start using Teams.

To assist users in switching to Teams, here are some resources to familiarize themselves with the new service: 

Getting Started with Teams

Teams on the Web (You can also install the Teams desktop client from here)

Thank you for your continued cooperation and support.  

Please direct any questions or concerns to UIT Client Services.


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