Skype for Business Transition to Microsoft Teams


information about campus transition from Skype for Business to MS Teams

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Campus is migrating from Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams in May 2023.

Engineering IT has staff working with Tech Services committees to prepare and coordinate the project. The current project information, including timeline and objectives is available from Tech Services (TS).

Try Out Teams Now

No matter what role you fill on campus, now is the time to try out Microsoft Teams. It does not yet have the full phone features, but you can instant message other on campus, meet online, share files and collaborative conversations, and monitor your calendar from Teams today. 

Teams Training Available

Tech Services via Fast3 is offering Teams training opportunities. Current training dates are listed below, and more will be added in the coming months. You can also find many online videos tutorials that introduce Microsoft Teams, its features, processes, and capabilities that you can peruse at your leisure.

Beginner's Guide to Teams:

  • Wednesday, March 14. 10:00 am – 11:00 am. Register
  • Thursday, March 23. 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Register

Create Your First Team with Microsoft Teams:

  • Tuesday, March 7. 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Register
  • Thursday, March 15. 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Register
  • Friday, March 24. 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. Register


Look into Hardware Choices Now

Of note, February 2023 is time to review your current hardware and phone line needs, select and order new Teams-compatible hardware.

You can check out the Tech Services Teams Hardware Showcase.

Plan to attend one of the Microsoft Teams Hardware Showcases:

  • Wednesday, March 8 from 11 am – 2 pm
    Digital Computer Lab (DCL) L10. 1304 W Springfield Ave., Urbana, IL 61801
  • Tuesday, March 21 from 11 am – 2 pm
    Lucy Ellis Lounge, Foreign Languages Building. 707 S Matthew Ave., Urbana, IL 61801

If you have questions or would like recommendations from Engineering IT, check with your IT Pros. It is recommended that Unit Facilities Managers and/or Business Managers review current hardware in use to determine if some or all need to be replaced by new devices.

New or Changes to Response Groups 

Additionally, there will be a no-change period on Response Groups from April 1, 2023 to May 2023 when new requests and changes to existing response groups, will not be accepted by TS. If Unit Facilities Managers and/or Business Managers anticipate changes to response groups, please submit those before April to ensure they are created and available before the no-change period begins.

As always, if you have questions or need help with this transition to Teams, please email Engineering IT for assistance at



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This story was published February 9, 2023.