Audience: Franklin and Urbana University faculty and staff with University-issued computers.
Disclaimer: The results and functionality of the following article only apply to audience listed above.
This document will outline how to transition from Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams as your primary tool for instant messaging and online meetings.
- Disable Skype for Business from starting up
- Setting Teams as the default chat application
- Switching Skype meetings to Teams meetings
Disable Skype for Business from Starting Up
By default, Skype for Business automatically launches and signs in when you power on/log in to your computer. Since we no longer wish to use Skype, this option can be disabled in the following manner:
- Click on the gear icon in Skype for Business
- Select “Personal” and then un-check the box for “Automatically start the app when I log on to Windows”
- From now on, Skype will no longer automatically start up when you log in to your computer
- If you have Skype pinned to your taskbar, it is also recommended that you remove that by right-clicking on the icon and choosing "Unpin from taskbar"
Setting Teams as the default chat application
By performing this step, all other Office apps (including Outlook) will use Microsoft Teams to display the status/availability of other users rather than Skype. Additionally, clicking on the Chat icon when you hover over someone’s contact information in Outlook will open a Teams chat with that individual.
To accomplish this, perform the following steps:
- In Microsoft Teams, click on your profile picture (or initials if you don't have a picture) and then click Settings
- Check the box that says "Register Teams as the chat app for Office." You can also change other settings here such as controlling whether or not Teams automatically launches when you log in to your computer.
Switching Skype Meetings to Teams Meetings
If you have any meetings that are utilizing Skype for Business for teleconferencing, you will need to cancel those meetings or the meeting series and recreate them utilizing the Teams Meeting option available in Outlook, as shown below.
Microsoft Teams meetings have the same features as Skype for Business meetings, including video/audio/screen sharing, the ability to call in via phone, meeting recording, and the ability to invite external guests. If you would like further information about conducting a live meeting in Teams, a training on this topic was previously recorded and is available here.
If you utilize the dial-in conferencing option, you will notice that the telephone number to call in order to join a meeting is unchanged.
For any further questions about switching from Skype to Teams, please log a service request.