Skype for Business Transitioning to Microsoft Teams on March 27th

Skype to Microsoft Teams

On March 27th, Harvard University Information Technology (HUIT) will transition Skype for Business  to Microsoft Teams in Office 365.  We are making this change as Microsoft has announced they are discontinuing Skype for Business as a service. 

What to Expect 

After March 27, Skype for Business will no longer be available for use. We ask that you begin using Microsoft Teams now and going forward. Your access to other Microsoft applications, such as OneDrive and SharePoint, will not change.  

To learn more about what you can expect after Skype for Business is retired, including what happens to your Skype for Business data (e.g., contacts, conversation history, recordings), we recommend reading the “Skype for Business Transition to Microsoft Teams” article.

How to Prepare for the Transition to Microsoft Teams

What is Microsoft Teams

More than just a chat service, Microsoft Teams brings together Instant Messaging, File Management, and Online Meetings into a single workspace for team productivity.  With Microsoft Teams you can expect: 

  • A common platform across Harvard for communication and document management
  • Collaboration with external colleagues through the addition of guest team members
  • On-the-go teamwork with the Microsoft Teams Mobile Application

Want to get started? Connect to Microsoft Teams on the web now!

Additional information on how to access Microsoft Teams coming soon! 

Want to Learn More? 

Sign up for a no-cost instructor-led training class from the Harvard Training Portal or click on one of our knowledge base articles below for more information: 

Please contact the HMS IT Service Desk at 617-432-2000 or itservicedesk@hms.harvard.edu with any concerns or questions.