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Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams Transition

We will be migrating all users to Microsoft Teams the evening of Friday, October 11th, 2019After the migration, Skype for Business will automatically direct you to Teams to sign-in (if you have not done so already).

Microsoft Teams has become the primary client for intelligent communications in Office 365, and will eventually be replacing Skype for Business. In order to facilitate this transition we have included some frequently asked questions below.

What happens to my existing Skype for Business meetings?

Skype for Business meetings that were scheduled before the upgrade are still in your Outlook calendar and will be hosted in Skype for Business. Online meetings that you create once we have fully migrated, will be hosted in Teams. In both cases, join the meeting by clicking the link in the Outlook meeting invite and following the prompts.


Are my Skype for Business contacts and contact groups in Teams?

Yes. Once we have fully migrated to Microsoft Teams, all your contacts and contact groups will be migrated as well. In Teams, click Chat on the left. You’ll see two tabs at the top—Recent and Contacts. Your Skype for Business contacts and contact groups are on the Contacts tab.


Where can I learn more about how to use Teams?

There are a multitude of ways to learn more. The Teams help center has training courses and tons of how-to info (See: Microsoft Teams Additional Resources), you can also click your profile pic within Teams, then Help, to see similar how-to info and chat with the Teams-bot. Or, you can sign up for one of our on-campus workshops


When I try to sign in to Skype for Business, I see a message saying that Skype for Business has been upgraded to Microsoft Teams. What does this mean?

UNR has upgraded to Microsoft Teams. While you'll still be able to edit, cancel, or join existing Skype for Business meetings, you won’t be able to use Skype for Business to chat, make calls, or create new meetings. Teams has many of the same meetings, calling, and chat capabilities that you’re used to. Please see the “Differences between Teams and Skype for Business” comparison at the bottom of this page.


I received an automated message regarding Microsoft Teams or other Office 365 services and am not sure what it means?

Unified Communications will be initiating multiple emails and notifications over the next few months. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the content of these messages, please do not hesitate to reach out to them directly at


What are the differences between Skype for Business and Microsoft Teams?


Skype for Business vs. Microsoft Teams


Skype for Business

Microsoft Teams

Chat (IM)


Start a chat with individuals or groups


Turn a chat into a call


Share a file with people in a chat

✔  ✔ 

Share a file with offline participants


Add emoji

✔  ✔ 

Add GIFs and memes


Threaded and persistent conversations


Search for files, content, and people




Schedule a meeting from Outlook

✔  ✔ 

Share desktop or app

✔  ✔ 

In-meeting access to chat and files

✔  ✔ 

Persistent chat before, during, and after the meeting


@mention people and like conversations




Make, forward, and transfer calls

✔  ✔ 



Chat, call, and meet from your mobile device

✔  ✔