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Microsoft Ending Skype for Business July 31, 2021 

Related services: Web Conferencing


Microsoft will turn off Skype for Business service on July 31, 2021. They advise remaining users of the service to switch to Microsoft Teams before then. Teams has chat, online meeting, and calling like Skype for Business, plus document collaboration, information sharing, and task coordination features.

Anyone interested in learning more about Teams can get started by visiting the Teams section of the IT@Cornell website. Individuals or groups who would like to keep using Skype for Business can do so as they have been for the near future. As the shutoff nears, some features like scheduling meetings may shift to Teams to reduce disruption when Microsoft turns off Skype for Business. Advance notice will be provided before changes occur. 

In coming weeks:

  • Documentation will be made available to help Skype for Business users make the transition to Teams. 

  • Lists of remaining Cornell Skype for Business users, ordered by unit, will be provided to IT Service Group Directors

  • Direct communications will be sent to Skype for Business users, highlighting resources and timelines

  • A prompt will appear in the Skype for Business app to try Teams

The CIT Collaborative Applications group is investigating additional options to help support the transition.

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